Author Revealed

About Michael J. Sullivan

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 3/1

Q. Previous occupations

A. Sportswriter/broadcaster

Q. Favorite job

A. An author. I've always dreamed I would write a novel.

Q. High school and/or college

A. Archbishop Molloy (Queens, NY), St. John's University (Queens, NY)

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Bruce Springsteen

Q. Favorite movie

A. Field of Dreams

Q. Favorite television show

A. Odd Couple, Mary Tyler Moore, Everyone Loves Raymond

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Anger, Sadness, Homeless, Blessed, Loved, Thoughtful, Caring, Waiting

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Treat me nice, I'll treat you better

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. A quiet evening at the beach, the sun setting, my kids laughing and playing with their friends, a glass of dry white wine, and the ocean waves caressing my feet.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Wasting a day

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. On a warm beach

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Jesus

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Those who love unconditionally

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. When will my Islanders win another Stanley Cup?

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not saying "I love you" to my mom more often

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. To take away the pain for the sick

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Raising my two daughters

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. My moods. Sometimes I get down on myself without reason.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. My love. I want to spread it everywhere.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. A disciple. I would have loved to have been alive during this time.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. My williness to share my love and kindness.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Leah, the kind, Jewish widow, from Necessary Heartbreak.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Marcus, the Roman soldier, from Necessary Heartbreak.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Jesus Christ. I would ask these questions: "How is my sister (Ann, who passed away at the age of 44 two years ago)? How is my mom (passed away several years ago at the age of 47)? Will I ever see them again? Will I ever get the chance to hug and tell them that "I love you."

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. My daughters picking up their cups and plates in their bedrooms.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Watching high school basketball and reporting on the players.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. To either play basketball or hockey.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Kindness, Sharing, and Love.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Ice cream/swirled!

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Land of Hope and Dreams (Bruce Springsteen), White Christmas (Bing Crosby), Summer Wind (Frank Sinatra), Independence Day (Bruce Springsteen), Badlands (Bruce Springsteen)

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Norman Vincent Peale, Lisa Genova, Charles Dickens.

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. The Power of Positive Thinking, To Kill A Mockingbird, Still Alice, The Christmas Carol.

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. The Power of Positive Thinking

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Always believe in your story

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. Love the emotion in the story. The characters are real.

Q. How did you come to write Necessary Heartbreak?

A. I first started to write this book while I was riding the E-train in NYC, a few months after I had graduated college back in 1983. I was homeless and I used the emotions churning inside my body to write some childhood and adult memories that move me to this day. After I was rescued off the train by an aunt and uncle, I found a job and put the novel idea aside. Several years later, I got married, had two kids, and still kept the novel idea inside my computer. A couple of years ago, I awoke from a dream. I was on the streets of first-century Jerusalem, chasing Jesus, and asking him why do people have to suffer. It's at this moment I found my idea for the book.

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