Writing & Research

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Signing copies of See What Flowers at the Toronto Book Launch

Fiction

My début novel, See What Flowers, a contemporary fiction about love and mental illness, is available on Amazon.

For more info about inspiration, writing process, and what I learned, check out my author Q & A on Shedoesthecity, and follow me on Goodreads!

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books About See What Flowers

All that remains is a note: “Gone to get pancakes.”

Her 30th birthday party’s over, yet it’s the happiest Emma Watters has ever been. Life couldn’t be more perfect. She’s an emergency room doctor and shares a home in Toronto with the love of her life, Adam Davison. The next morning, Adam is gone.

Emma’s shocked. At first, she decides that Adam’s having an affair and scavenges through photos on Facebook, trying to identify “the other woman.” But as the days pass, Emma seeks out help from the Toronto Police and floods social media with pleas for assistance. Where’s Adam? Has her life become an episode of Breaking Bad? Has she been dating Walter White all along?

Wild, beautiful, and terrifying, See What Flowers is a thrilling depiction of love’s attempts to survive in the face of undiagnosed mental illness. Set in the hectic, cosmopolitan cities of Toronto and Vancouver, as well as against the harsh, rugged landscape of the Canadian Arctic, it’s a raw and compelling journey towards understanding, forgiveness, and, ultimately, escape.

Memoir & Creative Non-Fiction

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Mullen, S. (March 20, 2017). “Learn From La La Land and Choose the Life That You Want to Live.” Thought Catalog.

Mullen, S. (March 16, 2017). Owning Our Choices: We Are Not Entitled To The Lives We Didn’t Choose.

Mullen, S. (January 30, 2017). “Why I Feel Lucky to Spend Valentine’s Day Alone.” Elephant Journal.

Mullen, S. (September 26, 2016). “It’s Okay to Take Care of Ourselves” & 4 Colombia- Inspired Lessons for a Meaningful Life.” Elephant Journal.

Mullen, S. (November 15, 2016). “Our Ideas of What it Means to be Strong are All Wrong“. Elephant Journal.

Mullen, S. (November 11, 2015). Realizing I had no husband, my students in Nunavut took me under their wing. The Globe and Mail.

Mullen, S. (October 2010- April 2011). Weekly student blogger for University of  Toronto Student Life Blog, UpBeaT.

Scholarly Contributions

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Collectors Treasury, Johannesburg, South Africa

Mullen, S. (June 25, 2014). The boundaries of a teacher/researcher in critical qualitative     research in education. 31st Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference, Brescia University College, London, Ontario.

Mullen, S. (June 8, 2013). Is ‘hope’ really ‘power’? Considerations for implementing human rights ideology into meaningful practice. The 48th Annual Conference of the Canadian Sociological Association, University of Victoria.

Mullen, S. (April 17, 2013). Pumping to perfection: The promotion of ‘healthy’ body ideals by female fitness instructors. Le raisonnement sociologique en action. Colloque des doctorantes et doctorants, cohorte 2012-2013. Université d’Ottawa.

Mullen, S. (April 16, 2013). Ripped: The promotion of female body ideals by female fitness instructors. Living Research: Reflexivities, Positionalities, Transformations. Department of Sociology and Anthropology Conference, University of Ottawa.

Mullen, S. (March 1, 2013). “Boom-schools” and “bust-schools”: Educational inequities in petro-communities. Transformational Research: Creativity, Conversations, and Communities of Change. GSAED’s 16th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference. University of Ottawa.