Thomas Mullen, author of Dark Town and Lightning Men joins me today to talk about his new book, his lifelong desire to be a writer, writing literary fiction with a magical realism twist, how he found his place writing historical fiction, the importance of telling the truth in fiction, writing believable characters, not shying away from difficult subjects, and much more.
About Thomas Mullen:
Thomas Mullen is the author of The Lightning Men, Darktown, and The Last Town on Earth, which was named Best Debut Novel of 2006 by USA TODAY. He was also awarded the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for excellence in historical fiction for The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers and The Revisionists. His works have been named to Year’s Best lists by The Chicago Tribune and USA TODAY, among others. His stories and essays have been published in Grantland, Paste, and the Huffington Post, and his Atlanta Magazine true crime story about a novelist/con man won the City and Regional Magazine Award for Best Feature. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and sons.
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