Georgia Ann Mullen became a writer in high school, but on the non-fiction side. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University, she worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, then moved to magazines. It was as editor of a regional publication in western New York that she became enthralled with Seneca Falls, a small town with a big history. She switched to fiction and sent Tess Riley, protagonist of A Shocking & Unnatural Incident, crashing into the drama of the First Woman’s Rights Convention.
A tour of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s house, peppered with funny stories about her yellow floors and absent husband, sparked the germ of a plot. More inspiring were a walk along the Cayuga-Seneca Canal as well as visits to the Women’s Rights National Historical Park and the remains of the Wesleyan Chapel, now a monument to that 1848 convention.
Georgia also lived in Buffalo, New York where the Erie Canal ends, and set her second novel, Wixumlee Is My Salvation, in that teeming port city. With Stolen, the action moves first to Oberlin, Ohio, home of Oberlin College, the first college in the country to accept women and people of color, then moves to Louisville, Kentucky, where the Portland Canal took pressure off transporting goods along the Ohio River.
Done with the Canal Tales Series, Georgia sat down to write a mystery, wrapping the plot around three major interests: the environment, sea turtles and kayaking. The Goat Thief might be the title of her second mystery if she can figure out how to incorporate them into the plot.
Having moved around the northeast, Georgia now lives in North Carolina, known as the “writing-est state.” Her other interests include cooking, gardening, playing the ukulele, and lunching with friends, some of them fellow writers. She lives in Wilmington with her husband, George.