James Mullins

Biography

I was born into a military family in the United States. At a very early age I was able to travel the world. One of the first places my father was stationed was Germany. Europe was a magnificent land dotted with castles and history. This invoked within me first a curiosity about history, and later a passion. I became captivated with tales of both heroes and heroines of times past.

After my experience abroad, history was filed in the back of my mind. We returned to the United States and went about our lives. School, a trip to Italy with my Grandparents to become acquainted with my Italian cousins, and finally my own tour in the military took me to more wondrous places full of history, such as the Middle East and Iceland. These new experiences helped bring the love of history to the forefront of my thoughts once again.

As life always does, living it got in the way of my passion. More school, and several jobs later history came crashing back to the forefront of my thoughts. This time was different. This time not only did I love reading, but tales of my own began to form in my mind.

I read extensively of several historical fiction and alternative history authors. Some of my favorites being Gordon Doherty, Simon Scarrow, Douglas Jackson, D. Russ and E.E. Isherwood. My real inspiration was Harry Turtledove, a master of alternate history. I picked up a copy of his Guns of the South in 1993. I immediately fell in love with the genre. Though I have read many other alternate history authors Harry Turtledove remains my favorite.

For my first book, Scourge of Byzantium, I combined my love of history with a more recent passion the walking dead. My mind imagined a world in which the infection did not take place in the modern world, but during the later Roman Empire or Byzantium as that nation is known in modern times. Imagine how much better equipped a Roman Army is to deal with this problem. Now imagine how much harder it is to kill a zombie wearing armor!

While I was working on the sequel to Scourge of Byzantium it dawned on me that the Byzantium Infected Universe could tell stories of the infection from many more different view points. Wanting to try my hand at short stories, thanks to some great feedback from a reader, I wrote Jibreel's Curse.

Jibreel's Curse is the tale of how a historical nobody, Jibreel, set the gears in motion to first catch and then spread the infection. It's a perfect instance of if Jibreel had gone left instead of right, the world would have continued and become the one that we know. In this case Jibreel made the fateful decision to change the course of history and his actions resulted in the zombie infection.

My second full length novel Damascus of the Damned picks up the story that ended in Scourge of Byzantium right after that novel left off. It continues the tale of Athos, Baltazar, and Constan in the Byzantium Infected Universe.

The third book in the Byzantium Infected Series, Emperor's Errand was completed and released Christmas day 2018. Continuing the story of the three heroes, Athos, Baltazar, and Constan, their travels take them to the highest levels of the Roman Empire, culminating in a meeting between Emperor Heraclius and Athos & Constan. The Emperor gives them a mission, vital to the preservation of the Empire.

My fourth full length novel Emperor's Errand Part II, is progressing well as of this update (March 2019), and I'm targeting a July of this year release date.

Thanks for Reading!

James Mullins

Smashwords Interview

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through random chance and musings mainly. I will search out whatever I'm in the mood for and scan through whatever my keyword search yields. For instance I might search for fiction novels set in the Roman Empire, and browse through everything my search reveals. If a book really tugs at my heart, I buy it and start reading immediately. If I'm not quite there yet I add it to my wish list. I often will scroll back through my wish list and choose a book that I previously found and read it when the mood strikes.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Dimly. I wrote my first real story and by real I mean a story with all of the basic plot elements required to be considered a story in a tenth grade English Class. At the time I was into Fantasy Novels set in universes in which epic wars were taking place. For instance Dragon Lance was a huge favorite of mine. As was J.R.R. Tolkein's Middle Earth Saga. I think I had read The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy four times by the time I was thirteen. Another was a Forgotten Realms series involving the Kingdom of Cormyr and a Mongol like invader. Inspired by these novels, I created a story centered on a castle trying to hold out against an army of Orcs. I don't think my teacher really appreciated the subject matter as I only received a B+ for the effort!
Read more of this interview.

Where to find James Mullins online

Twitter: @jamesmullins
Facebook: Facebook profile

Series

Nasir and Maarika Chronicles
Set in the Byzantium Infected Universe, this is a series of short stories featuring Roman Soldier Nasir and Maarika an exotic raven haired beauty from the heart of Arabia.

Books

The Nasir and Maarika Chronicles Episode V
Series: Nasir and Maarika Chronicles. Price: Free! Words: 4,960. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Nasir and Maarika are of one people but two worlds. Growing up on opposite sides of the Roman Empire's Arabian border in the 7th Century their lives are brought together when an unspeakable evil emerges from the depths of the Arabian Desert. Set in the Byzantium Infected Universe which begins with the short story Jibreel's Curse and continues in the full length novel Scourge of Byzantium.
The Winter Sniper Chapter 1-3 Preview
Price: Free! Words: 20,120. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
November 30th, 1939. Hale, a sniper in the Finnish Army is charged with standing against the Soviet horde to buy his people precious time to muster their defenses.
Nasir and Maarika Chronicles Episode IV
Series: Nasir and Maarika Chronicles. Price: Free! Words: 5,460. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
Nasir and Maarika are of one people but two worlds. Growing up on opposite sides of the Roman Empire's Arabian border in the 7th Century their lives are brought together when an unspeakable evil emerges from the depths of the Arabian Desert. Set in the Byzantium Infected Universe which begins with the short story Jibreel's Curse and continues in the full length novel Scourge of Byzantium.
Nasir and Maarika Chronicles Episode III
Series: Nasir and Maarika Chronicles. Price: Free! Words: 4,530. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Alternative history
Nasir and Maarika are of one people but two worlds. Growing up on opposite sides of the Roman Empire's Arabian border in the 7th Century their lives are brought together when an unspeakable evil emerges from the depths of the Arabian Desert. Set in the Byzantium Infected Universe which begins with the short story Jibreel's Curse and continues in the full length novel Scourge of Byzantium.
Nasir and Maarika Chronicles Episode II
Series: Nasir and Maarika Chronicles. Price: Free! Words: 5,450. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history, Fiction » Horror » Undead
(4.00 from 1 review)
Nasir and Maarika are of one people but two worlds. Growing up on opposite sides of the Roman Empire's Arabian border in the 7th Century their lives are brought together when an unspeakable evil emerges from the depths of the Arabian Desert. Set in the Byzantium Infected Universe which begins with the short story Jibreel's Curse and continues in the full length novel Scourge of Byzantium.
Nasir and Maarika Chronicles Episode I
Series: Nasir and Maarika Chronicles. Price: Free! Words: 4,620. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history, Fiction » Horror » Undead
(4.00 from 1 review)
Nasir and Maarika are of one people but two worlds. Growing up on opposite sides of the Roman Empire's Arabian border in the 7th Century their lives are brought together when an unspeakable evil emerges from the depths of the Arabian Desert. Set in the Byzantium Infected Universe which starts with the short story Jibreel's Curse and continues in the full length novel Scourge of Byzantium.
Jibreel's Curse
Price: Free! Words: 19,870. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history, Fiction » Horror » Undead
Jibreel's curse is the story of a how the zombie apocalypse began in the Byzantium Infected universe. Also include is a Scourge of Byzantium preview and the first episode of the Nasir and Maarika Chronicles. Jibreel's curse was created at the request of readers just like you that were curious how the infection started.