10/29/13

Interview with Thomas Sullivan Tell Tale Event

Let's say a big Welcome to THOMAS SULLIVAN.  Happy to have you with us today.

First why don't you tell us a little about yourself?

 From his first introduction by the Chicago Tribune as “…a John Barth or a
John Irving, with a touch of William Gaddis and maybe a dash of Kurt Vonnegut,
Jr.,” Thomas Sullivan has been eclectic. His over eighty publishing credits across
the spectrum of fiction categories include short stories and novels translated into
more than a dozen languages. The novels include BORN BURNING (optioned
for a major Hollywood film), THE PHASES OF HARRY MOON (a Pulitzer Prize
nominee), THE MARTYRING (a World Fantasy Award finalist for Best Novel),
and DUST OF EDEN (a Borders national selection). Numerous short story honors
are as diverse as inclusion in Best of Omni #2 to a Hemingway Literary Days
Festival cash award to a Catholic Press Association award.
His personal history is also broadly based. A former All-American athlete in two
sports, he has lived in a dozen countries and been a gambler, a “Rube Goldberg”
innovator, a coach, a teacher and a city commissioner. Currently he writes full-
time in Minnesota and is a frequent international speaker.

Newest release?

 In e-book, BORN BURNING, Tell-Tale Publishing Group, 2012.

Born Burning


What can we expect from your stories, action, drama, romance,sex, blood and guts?

I write people stories. They may be presented in pulse-pounding scenarios or adrenaline rushes, but their fears and desires will be searched out, especially in relationships.

Do you have a favorite character in your stories? Who? and Why?

 Probably Harry Moon from my first hardcover, THE PHASES OF HARRY MOON. Harry is flawed but redemptive, and he wanders and eccentric world of fun house mirrors.

How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?

I love ‘em all, warts inclusive.

Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:

My books are more like Bump-o cars in a demolition derby than tandem cars in a single freight train.

Has there been any other authors who have inspired your work or helped you out with your stories?

I’m a stylist, and I enjoy any author who makes language/life jangle. One of the first to do that for me was Vladimir Nabokov.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Spread the word. That’s always the way to encourage more of what you like. Writing great reviews,
blogging, posting, emailing and direct word-of-mouth are key to making it possible for your favorite
authors to continue writing.

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

Two things. Thing 1: Work relentlessly at your craft. Do it NOT for the money or the fame, but
because you are words and ideas. They are your catharsis each day. Thing 2: Market relentlessly as
well, but do that automatically and don’t let the results interfere with Thing 1.

Do you have a favorite author? If yes, what draws you to that person’s work?

Currently enjoy fiction by Mark Helprin – the Helprin who wrote A SOLDIER OF THE GREAT WAR and WINTER’S TALE.

Can you remember one of the first things you wrote? What makes it memorable?

A complaint list about my older sister when I was about nine. Memorable for its detail and
psychological nuance, if not for anything very classy about me – my sister was a wonderful person…even then.

Where do you gather most of the inspiration for your works?

The world auditions every day. A writer just has to open their senses and THINK.

Do you have any other interesting hobbies, pets or stories you would like to share?

CC skiing is my religion, but I like any recreation that puts me in nature’s living room.

Favorite places to travel or visit?

Western coast of Norway.

And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:(

Include links to were we can find your work)

All my links and novels are available here at my author’s website, including a sample chapter: http://
www.thomassullivanauthor.com/


Thank you for visiting with us.  We wish you much continued success.
Julie Ramsey
ADM, JBR

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