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I asked the author some questions, and here's what he answered:
1. What is the sweetest thing someone has done for you?
Once a girlfriend gave me a copy of Faeries, signed (with a little sketch) by Brian Froud, for a birthday present.
2. What kind of music you like?
Mark Lanegan, Syd Barrett, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Black Sabbath, Bob Dylan, Smashing Pumpkins, Celtic Frost… so much. Overall, my favorite eras for music are the late ‘60s and the early ‘90s. There was a lot of experimentation and innovation happening during those periods, musicians taking risks, pushing the boundaries, finding their own voices and shaking the culture up. I like all kinds of genres – psychedelic rock, Celtic, heavy metal, ambient, folk, punk rock, etc. – so long as there’s some honest feeling there.
3. Do you like to dance?
Yes. I’ve never taken actual lessons or anything like that. I just find my own groove. I’ll even get out on the dance floor by myself, like if I’m out seeing a band play and I’m not with anybody.
4. Can you describe your dream home?
Close to a quiet lake, and sheltered by old, tall trees. Two storeys, but not too spacious; maybe just an extra guestroom or two. Couple of wood stoves for heat. A comfortable basement – clean, carpeted – that serves as an entertainment space with pool table, table tennis, guitars and amplifiers, etc.
5. If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be? Why?
Probably Aragorn from Lord of the Rings. His was hardly an easy or simple existence, and yet he had a high destiny. And he’s the yardstick by which I measure honor and integrity.
AND NOW... MORE ABOUT THE BOOK!
A troubled young rock musician, a mystic mentor, and a generation of lost souls longing for a new voice to emerge from the wilderness...
When an altercation outside of a performance venue nearly proves fatal, Brandon Chane begins to realize how far his life is spinning out of control. His efforts to channel his pain, frustration and thwarted loves into his music may not suffice to save him. Then he meets Saul, a crisis counselor with the soul of an ancient medicine man, and a far-reaching journey of healing - one that may teach him how to steer away from the very edge of the abyss - begins.
I suppose you could compare it to driving on a high mountain road. You don’t realize how close you are to free-fall, or how sheer and far is the plunge, until you go around a bend where one side is exposed to open air and then there it is: The Abyss.
There’s this edge that you can come to – I imagine it’s a different place for each of us – and you just know that once you get swept over it you won’t be coming back. By the time you’re close enough to see it it may already be too late. You could find yourself teetering, suddenly hearing the warnings that life had been giving you all along, knowing that it’s become impossible to step back; because by that time, those other forces – the ones pounding like the rapids at your back, always trying to push you towards that edge and then over it – have grown too strong.
Tommy and I first talked about forming a band together before either of us had learned to play an instrument. We both perceived music – particularly, its heavy, extreme underside - as the ideal vehicle for our personal salvation. The first guitar that I purchased, a Fender Telecaster that I immediately spray painted black to my father’s horror, became my refuge. It was my best friend and confidante. It gave me a convenient excuse to avoid social situations that, more often than not, would only remind me of how far off the beaten path I really was.
Author bio and links
Seth Mullins draws upon the great sweep of human soul-journeying to weave his tales. He's inspired by music, shamanism, dreams and the mysteries and miracles of our inner life. His greatest love as a writer is for fiction that depicts a journey towards self-awareness in the deepest sense.
"Probably the most valuable thing that I learned throughout my spiritual journey in this life is the importance of trusting in one's self. Many of our cultural lessons encourage us to ignore or even fear our inner reality. And yet it is this realm that really does hold the answers to all of our questions, and can point the way towards the most fulfilling life experiences possible for us."
Mr. Mullins has lived in Maine, Connecticut, New Mexico, Oregon and Vermont.
(Humanity's Way Forward - his website)
(The Edge of the Known by Seth Mullins - his blog)
"What Casts the Shadow?" (The Edge of the Known) on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1rkhffS
His Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/sethmullins