@MBMulhall on Receiving Support from Friends in the Industry #AmReading #LGBT #YA

Saturday, March 29, 2014


How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? 
I started writing on a desktop but found it limiting. I switched to a laptop because I find I focus best outside the house. My local Starbucks is my favorite writing haunt, but sadly I haven’t had much time to get there lately.  It’s been so long all my regular baristas have moved onto different locations or other jobs.
Where do you get support from? Do you have friends in the industry?
I have been lucky to make some great friends thanks to my writing group and online communications (Twitter, forums, NaNoWriMo, etc.) Some of them I’ve never met but still trust their advice and comments and they play a big part in my writing process.
How much sleep do you need to be your best? 
Sleep? What’s that?  Heh. I typically average 6 hrs a night but I would love to get more…my body just doesn’t agree with my head. I can write on less, but sometimes it’s hard to focus, until you hit that second wind thing.
Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?
Good question. Ideally? A spot on the New York Times best seller list and being able to live off my writing would equal success to me. More realistically? Getting a book out there and having people enjoy it and spread the word to friends and family. I’ve already succeeded with my realistic expectation!
Tell us about your new book? What’s it about and why did you write it?
My new book is called Heavyweight.  It’s about a closeted high school wrestler with an eating disorder.  I wrote it for a couple reasons. 1) Ian’s voice came to me and demanded his story be told and 2) I think it’s an important story, how young athletes are abusing their bodies, that’s not being told.
When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?
I’m out and about snapping shots with my camera, crafting or watching Doctor Who.
How often do you write? And when do you write?
I’ve tried the write everyday thing, but only seem to keep with it in November when NaNoWriMo is going on.  I do try to blog twice a week and then write in between.  It’s more when the feeling moves me than keeping to a schedule, unless I have a specific deadline to hit. Time of day doesn’t typically matter.
Sometimes it’s so hard to keep at it - What keeps you going?
I need a deadline or someone pushing me to read more, otherwise I tend to procrastinate and drag it out. I work better under pressure.
What’s your favorite meal?
Hmm not a specific food but I love going for Japanese hibachi. MMmm the rice, the onion volcano, the flying shrimp tails. Tasty and entertaining!
What color represents your personality the most? 
Green I suppose. I’m a fairly friendly and cheery person.
What movie do you love to watch? 
Just one? Argh! That’s hard! I’ll pick one of the many and say Howl’s Moving Castle.

Secrets. Their weight can be crushing, but their release can change everything—and not necessarily for the better. Ian is no stranger to secrets. Being a gay teen in a backwater southern town, Ian must keep his orientation under wraps, especially since he spends a lot of time with his hands all over members of the same sex, pinning their sweaty, hard bodies to the wrestling mat.
When he’s trying not to stare at teammates in the locker room, he’s busy hiding another secret—that he starves himself so he doesn’t get bumped to the next weight class.
Enter Julian Yang, an Adonis with mesmerizing looks and punk rocker style. Befriending the flirtatious artist not only raises suspicion among his classmates, but leaves Ian terrified he’ll give in to the desires he’s fought to ignore.
As secrets come to light, Ian’s world crumbles. Disowned, defriended, and deserted by nearly everyone, Ian’s one-way ticket out of town is revoked, leaving him trapped in a world he hates—and one that hates him back.
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Genre - LGBT, YA
Rating – PG-13
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