Geddy’s Moon is John Mulhall’s debut novel. In addition to being an award-winning video and event producer, John is also the author of several short stories, plays and a collection of poetry. He began developing Geddy’s Moon more than twenty years ago at age nineteen, but he promises his next novel won’t take quite so long. He lives in Newbury Park, California, where he is the President/CEO of a creative agency.
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired by many things: a news story, an arcane bit of history, a joke. But my process is typically a slow simmer. I’m not one that writes daily. I’d love to be that person, but I never have been. The longest part of my writing process is the processing, linking diverse story elements together, breaking down the story in my mind. When I begin to jot ideas down, I know it’s getting real.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I start putting my ideas on paper, they typically start to take the shape of an outline of sorts, with section and chapter titles, big ideas. It’s a sifting process to me. It’s not until I have a really firm sense of the story that I start writing. As far as method, I’m a word processor guy. And up until now, I’ve used Microsoft Word, which isn’t ideal. But several friends have recommended Scrivener, so I intend to give that a whirl on my next major outing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters more than I talk to them. And I’m constantly surprised. When I start a project, I know my characters in a general way, their obvious traits and strengths and foibles, and I know the part that they play in the larger story. So, it’s typically not the big stuff, the plot point stuff. Rather, it’s the smaller things. It’s the words that tumble from their lips. It’s the zigs where you expected zags. It’s the ones who step up when you didn’t expect them to. Those are the moments that I love.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write. At some point, you have to stop listening to advice, the “how to” books and gurus and seminars, and start writing. And when you’re not writing, read. There are masters of the craft all around us, and they’ve shown us the way; read and learn and write and fail, and then do it all over again.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After talking to friends and colleagues, both published authors and self-published alike, I made the decision to go it on my own. So far, I haven’t regretted that decision, but I’m very open to what comes next.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The only ones being supported right now are known commodities, the guaranteed money earners. But that’s not sustainable. Where are the next big names coming from if they’re not being nurtured? The business is obviously in transition, and until it settles into a new model, it just doesn’t make sense for authors to retain so much responsibility and yet relinquish so much ownership.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Horror, Supernatural Thriller
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print