Mike Mullin’s first job was scraping the gum off the undersides of desks at his high school. From there, things went steadily downhill until his first novel, Ashfall, was published in 2011. It was named one of the top five young adult novels of 2011 by National Public Radio, a Best Teen Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, and a New Voices selection by the American Booksellers Association. The sequel is Ashen Winter and the conclusion to the trilogy is Sunrise. He recently won the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Emerging Author Award. Mike has also dabbled in self-publishing—his novelette Darla’s Story was released in October 2013.