MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR DIZINTRA SULLIVAN!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Dzintra Sullivan. I consider my genre to be a mash-up between Paranormal and Romantic Comedy.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Rumor, is the last book in a seven book series. So with so many strings to tie up and make the ending everything the readers needed and wanted it to be was difficult.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
It’s whats in my soul, I always write from my heart.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
The book has a large setting down in the seven levels of hell. So I did a lot of research into what they were and how it effects the souls that are trapped there.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The Halfway House Series, is a series about a bunch of misfits. When the gifted cant fit in, they find themselves at a halfway house for rehabilitation before they are sent to the island of shadows for the damaged. This is the last stop for them, if the den other cant fix their issues, they are doomed for eternity.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
This series will always be my favorite. It’s my first complete series and one I am incredibly proud of.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
A dream about a witch that couldn’t control her powers started this whole thing.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Google is always my friend,
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes, always meant to be seven books. Don’t ask me why, it was just always the number in my head.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
Have a beautiful little blue desk I write at. My day normally consists of juggling four children, a day job and trying my best to sneak in writing every night after the kids are asleep. I write a chapter a night.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I do, it’s called “F*cked If I Know”
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Most of my main characters introduce themselves to me always named. Minor characters are normally named after my friends.
Where do your ideas come from?
Who knows… I am just thankful they come.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
No, I love my genre mash-up.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Marketing myself is always the most difficult.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I love them, I have made a few, both for the HWH series and my dragons series.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Finishing my first book, was something I never thought I was capable of doing. It reaching number one on Amazon’s best sellers list was just icing on the cake.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Being able to share my stories with others.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Writing….. from a tropical island somewhere in Greece. (I can dream right?)
Have you always liked to write?
I never thought I could write a book, even thought I have always been a avid reader.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Do it. Wrote from your heart and stay true to your characters. That, and get professionals to help with editing and covers.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I love every single one, good and bad. Why? Because someone cared enough to write it.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Release day, it’s an amazing high.
What are you working on now?
A stand alone rom com called “ F*cked If I Know”
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Nope, but I can promise you will looooove it.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
It’s what is in my soul. Very simple, I thunk the genre chose me, not the other way around.
Where did your love of books come from?
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Dakota Cassidy, Nina Bangs, Kerrilyn Sparks, JR Ward.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Nope, I love them all equally.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both, I am energised to sit and write, and by the time I off load the words I am exhausted.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Stress, it’s a word killer.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write what the characters tell me and hope like hell the readers like it.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I am friends with so many authors, the writing community is amazingly supportive.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
“Well… that was unexpected!”
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Can I make your book in to a movie? And yes, you can… bahaha
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, I am everywhere. Come find me and tell me you read this interview and I will send you some swag. The code word you need is #AmyandDzintra
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
Thank you for allowing me to share a part of me with the public. I appreciate it immensely.