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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 Books

(Rise and Fall, book 3)
Series contributed to
Deep Magic collections
   2. The Best of Deep Magic: Anthology Two (2021) (with Charlie N Holmberg, Ken Liu, Wulf Moon, Anthony Ryan, Jeanna Mason Stay and Jeff Wheeler)
   4. Deep Magic: Fourth Collection (2021) (with Charlie N Holmberg, Caitlyn McFarland, Wulf Moon, Anthony Ryan, Jeanna Mason Stay and Jeff Wheeler)
   5. Deep Magic - Fifth Collection (2021) (with Susan EE, Charlie N Holmberg, JC Kang, Wulf Moon, Brendon Taylor and Jeff Wheeler)
Michael J Sullivan recommends
A Dance of Cloaks (2010)
(Shadowdance, book 1)
David Dalglish
"Fast, furious, and fabulous."
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."
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."
Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (2015)
(Song of the Shattered Sands, book 1)
Bradley Beaulieu
"Exotic, sumptuous and incredibly entertaining, Beaulieu has created memorable characters in a richly imagined world."

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