“Fuller’s writing is effortless…some moments in this book will break your heart, while others will make you just as angry as the characters themselves. A fantastic debut.” – Confessions of a Book Addict
“I enjoyed every page of this book! From the moment I picked it up I couldn’t put it down for the life of me…now the only thing I’m really going to dread is waiting for the next installment to come out!” – The Book Blabber
“You promised you’d take me to see the king.”
Mutt is set in a ruined mid-Atlantic city centuries after a disaster wipes out most of the world’s population. Emery, a young man living in the walled city of Rittenhouse, has taken it upon himself to rescue “mutts,” as the citizens of Rittenhouse call the impoverished masses outside. When Timothy, a boy afflicted with a fatal illness, seeks Emery’s help, the two embark on a deadly errand to secure the medicine Timothy needs. This mission takes them from the safety of Rittenhouse into the wasteland outside it, where ancient superstitions are reborn and humanity struggles to survive amidst the ruins of a fallen American metropolis.
How long is Mutt?
Roughly 60,000 words. The print version of the book is just a spot over 200 pages. It’s designed to be a quick read and an introduction to its characters and world; if I win your attention, I look forward to getting more in-depth in its sequels.
What inspired you to write Mutt?
I wrote a short story called “A Good Man In Oldcastle” for a creative writing class way back in 2008. By that point the ideas for Mutt had already been incubating for a while, but I was working on another project that I ended up shelving. In the autumn of 2010 I moved to Philadelphia, and some unforeseen events found me a hundred miles from anyone I knew. So Oldcastle became Rittenhouse, and that experience of being alone in an unfamiliar setting grew into a big part of Mutt. I began writing the book that October and had completed a first draft before New Year’s.
Why should I read Mutt?
An unbiased review board consisting of my close friends and family gives the book its unconditional approval. But really, read it if the above description sounds intriguing. Maybe even check it out if the above description sounds kind of bland; I’m better at writing books than I am at writing copy . Also, the dude from the cover illustration is rather fun. You can find a free sample anywhere the book is available for sale, so check the first few chapters and see what you think.