Author Revealed

About Brandon Mull

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 11/8

Q. Previous occupations

A. Comedian, filing clerk, patio installer, movie promoter, copy writer, chicken stacker

Q. Favorite job

A. Writing fiction

Q. High school and/or college

A. High school was Pomperaug in Connecticut and Westlake in California, college was BYU

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Kara Thrace and her Special Destiny

Q. Favorite movie

A. Lord of the Rings, I can't help it

Q. Favorite television show

A. Lately? Lost

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Books Family Friends Conversation Food Ninjas Pie Awesome

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Dream and then scheme; Don't bore people; You reap what you sew

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. I love being with my friends and famile. I've always liked Disneyland, and I enjoy seeing it through the eyes of my kids. I like rich food like brownie sundaes and lobster and steak topped with bleu cheese. I enjoy laughing and making others laugh. My perfect happiness would be some combination of those things.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Being chased by the glowing head of a nun (happened in a dream)

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. On a Mediterranean cruise (I've never been to Europe)

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Aragorn, son of Arathorn, heir to the throne of Gondor (he was real, I know it, just like how I know we would have been best friends)

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My grandpa Cy, a former WWII fighter pilot

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Awesome, save it, stop hitting me

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not being more careful with my fact-checking when I wrote The Candy Shop War

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Ninjutsu

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Winning a pudding eating contest in the park behind my grandma's house

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I'm scatterbrained and disorganized

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I married well

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. Myself, but slightly more muscular

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. My piercing gaze

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. I sure like Frodo

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. At three years old at a drive-in movie, Darth Vader freaked me out so much that I still remember it

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I would meet Aragorn, son or Arathorn, and with tears gleaming in my eyes, I would say, "I regret that I have but one life to give for Gondor."

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Death

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Answering questions about myself

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. My fantasy profession and my real profession is writing fantasy stories

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Faith, love, honor

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Warm bread with cheese (doesn't sound fancy, but it would take a long time for me to get sick of it)

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. this is too hard, "Samson" by Regina Spektor is pretty, I like some Killers and Cake and Police and They Might Be Giants and The Smiths and U2 and stuff

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Tolkein, C.S. Lewis, Orson Scott Card, J.K. Rowling, J.D. Salinger, Hemingway, Frank Herbert, Neil Gaiman, Ayn Rand, George R.R. Martin, and so on and so forth

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Today I'll say: LOTR, Dune, Ender's Game, The Fountainhead, Holes

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Of all fictional books, I've read Lord of the Rings and Where the Red Fern Grows the most

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Let your voice shine, find the music that only you can hear

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. The Fablehaven books get better as the series goes on

Q. How did you come to write Fablehaven?

A. I used to live in Connecticut. Trees surrounded my house. Sometimes I would daydream about strange creatures in the woods. Ever since reading the Narnia books, I've had an interest in magical creatures. When I tried to think of an excuse for magical creatures to actually exist, the idea of secret wildlife parks came to mind. The concept of secret wildlife refuges for magical creatures became a playground in my mind. I asked myself many questions. What kind of creatures would live there? What would keep them from destroying each other? Who might watch over them? Who might want to harm them? Who would be interesting people to discover them? Gradually, a story took shape. As the idea grew, I made plans for five Fablehaven books.

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