Friday, May 17, 2013

Southern Haunts (editors Alexander S. Brown and J.L. Mulvihill): Interview


Today I’m chatting with J L Mulvihill, co-editor of Southern Haunts-The Spirits That Walk Among Us, published through Seventh Star Press.
Tell us about your current release.
Southern Haunts-The Spirits That Walk Among Us, is an anthology of stories based on a factual place that is considered haunted by the locals, yet the story itself is fictional.  All the stories are very different as we have a motely group of talented authors. I also have a story in the book called Bath 10.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I was going to be a Rock Star, Actress, and Model, and make lots and lots of money. LOL J
At what point in your life did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I guess I always knew deep inside because I had been writing poetry and songs for as long as I can remember.  I just did not realize it was my calling I guess until I had a freaky dream about being chased through the woods by a giant spider, which of course turned into a story and became my first novel, The Lost Daughter of Easa.
What group did you hang out with in high school?
Oh I was hanging out with the rockers and heavy metal kids at school.  I was a total “Heavy Metal Momma,” I probably helped ruin the ozone with all the cans of Aqua Net I used on my hair.
What are the most important attributes for remaining sane as a writer?
I’m sorry did you say sane writer? Really? I don’t think I know any. I believe you have to be a little off balance to be a writer in the first place. I guess to keep from going over the edge you have to let the voices out onto paper, sometime the characters can be pretty persistent.
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
I would love to go to Ireland, trace some of my roots and then do research on Celtic and Scandinavian mythology.
Where are your fans most likely to find you hanging out?
Well I don’t get a lot of time to just hang out but if I find I can’t get any writing done in my home office you can usually find me at the Clinton Library in the Children’s section. They have some big windows in there that open up to the Nature Center and a big fountain. I just love to go there and write. My fans can find me at conventions though. I love going to fantasy, science fiction, and comic book conventions. In fact, I will be attending Comic Con International this year in San Diego so if you see me there please come say Hi!
Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?
My favorite saying, and I am not even sure where I got it from but I have been using it since I have been a kid. “Who knows, Who cares, Why bother?” 
Thank you and I hope you have enjoyed the interview. Here are a couple of links for you.

Editor Bios

Alexander S. Brown
Alexander S. Brown is a Mississippi author who was published in 2008. His first book, Traumatized, is a short story collection that has received rave reviews from horror fans throughout America. Although, Brown began as a horror author, he has recently published two young adult steampunk tales, which can be found in the anthologies, Dreams of Steam 2: Brass and Bolts, as well as, Clockwork Spells and Magical Bells. His poem, “Maters” was later published in the magazine, Midnight Screaming Volume 3, #4. Brown says there are more works on the way as he plans to write a series of novels chronicling the lives of residents in a town that is damned.  Eventually, he will pen a fantasy/horror trilogy.


J.L Mulvihill
J L Mulvihill is the author of the young adult fantasy novel, The Lost Daughter of Easa, published through Kerlak Publishing.  Other stories J L has written and had published includes, Chilled Meat, a steampunk thriller, found in Dreams of Steam II-Of Bolts and Brass, anthology; The Leprechaun’s Story, a steampunk urban fantasy found in the anthology, Clockwork, Spells, & Magical Bells.  A Real Dragon and Magic in The Ozarks, found in Memories and Dreams published by The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs, AR; Jen’s Spicy Crawfish Bisque, found in It’s All about Food with a Mississippi Twist, published through the Clinton Ink-Slingers; and The Proud Oak, published
through the Gulf Coast Writer’s Association.
J L Mulvihill has written several articles for as the Jackson Literature Examiner.  She is also an event’s coordinator for the Mississippi Chapter of Imagicopter known as the Magnolia-Tower, a volunteer organization of authors and artists who promote their own publications while
lending a hand to other writers and artists. 

J L Mulvihill is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Gulf Coast Writers Association (GCWA), The Mississippi Writers Guild (MWG), as well as the Arts Council of Clinton, the Clinton Ink-Slingers Writing Group, and the Java Jotters. 

J L is currently working on her second novel, Elsindai, as well as her young adult steampunk series, Steel Roots, and an anthology project with horror author Alexander S. Brown entitled Southern Haunts.  She also continues to write short stories in the fantasy, steampunk, horror, and sci/fi genre, as well as poetry inspired by her life in Mississippi.  She has also been known to Karaoke from time to time when she thinks no one is looking.            


Social Media Links for Seventh Star Press

Southern Haunts
(editors Alexander S. Brown and J.L. Mulvihill):
From the shadowed realms of the paranormal comes 16 chilling tales that dwell in the South and Southwest. Resurrected in your very hands are stories that will make you laugh, ponder, and shiver as the reader is introduced to spirits that are humorous, saddened, and vengeful.
From 16 authors, learn of haunted homes, buildings, landmarks and roads where restless entities from beyond the grave desire acknowledgement amongst the living. Become acquainted with the aftermath of an eclipse that awakens the dead in a Memphis cemetery, see what horrors dwell in the woods at Hell’s Gate, learn the dark secrets of Sidney’s Cotton, and dare to travel down Ghost Road.

These and many other tales are sure to keep you awake as you are introduced to what makes the South and South West so unique…. History and GHOSTS!!!!!

So, sit back, dim the lights and prepare yourself to face the spirits that walk among us.

Featured stories and authors in Southern Haunts:
Windsong Levitch – “Interview for a Ghost Hunter”
H. David Blalock – “An Eclipse Over Elmwood”
Richard Parks – “Sydney’s Cotton”
Jason Hughes – “Ghost Road”
Herika R. Raymer – “Cal’s Cutoff”
Diane Ward – “The Shack”
Roland Mannn – “Haints”
L.S. Nadler – “You Will Come to Meet Your Demise”
M.R. Williamson – “Hell’s Gate”
William R. Eakin – “Maddness”
Roman Merry – “Wellspring”
Kalila Smith – “The Bequest”
Miguel L. Viscarra – “The Cleansing”
J.L. Mulvihill – “Bath 10″
Angela Lucius – “Nightmares at Moccasin Bend”
Alexander S. Brown – “The Top Floor”

Amazon Links for Southern Haunts:



Southern Haunts Tour Segment
May 16     Jay Wilburn Blog          Guest Post
May 17     Laurie's Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews     Interview
May 18     The Dan O’Brien Project     Promo-Spotlight
May 20     Book in the Bag          Review
May 21     Spellbound by Books     Excerpt
May 22     Darlene’s Book Nook         Guest Post
May 26     Kentucky Geek Girl     Interview
June 1      Babs Book Bistro     Excerpt
June 2     Beagle Book Space  Promo-Spotlight
June 3     Reading Away the Days   Review
June 10   Spellbindings   Guest Post
June 12    Celticlady’s Reviews   Promo-Spotlight
June 13    The Witchy Contessa    Review
June 14     Word to Dreams     Guest Post
June 16    I Smell Sheep    Guest Post
June 17     Bookishly Me     Review
June 19     Recent Reads     Review


1 comment:

sgzimmer said...

Thank you Laurie for spotlighting Southern Haunts! :)