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Michael J Sullivan

USA flag (b.1961)

After finding a manual typewriter in the basement of a friend's house, Michael J. Sullivan inserted a blank piece of paper and typed: It was a dark and stormy night. He was just eight years old at the time and mimicking Snoopy so we'll forgive the use of that overused opening. But the desire to fill the blank page and see what doors the typewriter keys would unlock wouldn't let him go. For ten years Michael developed his craft by studying authors such as Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, and John Steinbeck. During that time he wrote thirteen novels, and after finding no traction in publishing, he quit and vowed never to write creatively again.

Michael discovered that never is a very long time and ended his writing hiatus a decade later but with a condition: he wouldn't seek publication (as doing so was just too painful). Instead, he decided to write books he wanted to read and developed a fantasy series to for his then thirteen-year-old daughter, who was struggling in school due to dyslexia. After reading the third book, his wife insisted the series needed to "get out there." After Michael refused to jump back on the query-go-round, she took over the publication tasks.


Genres: Fantasy
New and upcoming books
May 2024

Deep Magic: Volume II
(Deep Magic collections)
Riyria Revelations
   1. The Crown Conspiracy (2008)
   2. Avempartha (2009)
   3. Nyphron Rising (2009)
   4. The Emerald Storm (2010)
   5. Wintertide (2010)
   6. Percepliquis (2011)
Riyria Chronicles
   1. The Crown Tower (2013)
   1.5. The Viscount and the Witch (2011)
   2. The Rose and the Thorn (2013)
   2.5. The Jester (2014)
   2.6. Professional Integrity (2015)
   3. The Death of Dulgath (2015)
   4. The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter (2017)
Legends of the First Empire
   0.5. Pile of Bones (2020)
   1. Age of Myth (2016)
   2. Age of Swords (2017)
   3. Age of War (2018)
   4. Age of Legend (2019)
   5. Age of Death (2019)
   6. Age of Empyre (2020)
Rise and Fall
   1. Nolyn (2021)
   2. Farilane (2022)
   3. Esrahaddon (2023)
   Antithesis (2012)
   A Burden to the Earth (2012)
   Hollow World (2013)
Novellas and Short Stories
   Greener Grass (2012)
Series contributed to
Deep Magic collections
   2. The Best of Deep Magic: Anthology Two (2021) (with others)
   4. Deep Magic: Fourth Collection (2021) (with others)
   5. Deep Magic - Fifth Collection (2021) (with others)
   Deep Magic: Volume II (2024) (with others)
Michael J Sullivan recommends
Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (2015)
(Song of the Shattered Sands, book 1)
Bradley P Beaulieu
"Exotic, sumptuous and incredibly entertaining, Beaulieu has created memorable characters in a richly imagined world."
Blood and Iron (2014)
(Book of the Black Earth, book 1)
Jon Sprunk
"The clear writing and fast pace makes Jon Sprunk's Blood and Iron a fun adventure of magic, political intrigue, and good old fashioned heroes."
Full Share (2011)
(Trader Tales of the Solar Clipper, book 3)
Nathan Lowell
"Nathan's Solar Clipper has been compared to the addictiveness of crack cocaine and a return to classic Heinlein; I think both descriptions are well deserved."

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Books containing stories by Michael J Sullivan
When Swords Fall Silent (2023)
An Epic Fantasy Anthology
edited by
Bryce O'Connor
Heroes Wanted (2019)
A Fantasy Anthology
Grimdark Magazine Issue #12 (2018)
(Grimdark Magazine, book 12)

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