Thursday, January 20, 2011

FEATURED AUTHOR: Janice E. Sullivan

 Mrs. Sullivan is a native of St. Simons Island Georgia. She spent most of her years as a youth in Syracuse N.Y. It was there that she first recognized her love for, and need to help those who found themselves at a crossroad in life as a teen. Mrs. Sullivan herself is no stranger to how important the right decisions at the right time can be. At the age of fourteen she spent over a year on the streets, encountering countless forms of abuse. She of her own cognition realized that she would not survive if she didn't act and act quickly. Making the decision to place herself in Foster Care possibly saved her life. However grateful she maybe for those days of solace; it is the days that followed that ignited her commitment to help society understand that intervention-without good intension-is what has failed many of our youth. Mrs. Sullivan survived those obstacles and went on to receive her General Education Diploma from Syracuse University's Equal Opportunity Program, gained her certification in public relations from Metro School of Arts, spent twenty- two years in managerial positions, is a licensed Realtor. And she has partnered with several youth programs. Mrs. Sullivan presently lives in Atlanta, Ga. with her husband. And continues to work with such programs as C.A.S.A
Cleaster Mims - College Preparatory School of Cincinnati, OH.

Cucumbers Have Thorns and Snakes Love Strawberries (a story of courage, faith and survival) is a compelling memoir that keeps pulling its readers forward.

Shrouded in suspense it is an honest and gripping journey through the life of the author.

Stolen from her father at the age of five, she is abandoned by the one woman she thought would protect her. Homeless, lost, betrayed, striped of her dignity and will, she becomes filled with a hurt, anger and hate that leads her to hells door. There she must chose to forgive and live or be consumed and die:

Book trailer

How did you start out your writing career?

I started writing as a career in the 1996. First for myself and then for others: But I knew since I was around twelve that I had a knack for telling stories.

What did you learn while writing this book?

I learned that instant gratification can not be your motivator.

What did you hope to accomplish with this book?

This book is a catalyst to create a platform for all the other things I hope to accomplish.

How do you keep motivated to write?

Writing, when you have something to say…doesn’t require motivation: You will not be able to stop the words from wanting to burst out.What aspect of writing do you love the best, and which do you hate the most?

I love finding that flow, the flow that keeps you up till 8am and has you back at it by 2pm.

Re-reading the proofers proof, only to re-read the proofers proof I proofed. And still not be a 100% error free!

What are three things you wish you’d known before you reached where you are now?

1) How to build a team 2) that you never cross your muse/editor (there is a difference-you will know when you lose one) 3) Where to find a mentor who was an insider.

Can you give us one do and one don’t for those aspiring to be a writer?

1) Make sure you weigh the cost and time it will take to accomplish what you have sat out to do.
2) Don’t get confused by media blitz- writers don’t get rich from writing.

What one thing about writing do you wish other non-writers would understand?

That just because you are not on the New York Times Best Seller’s list, it doesn’t mean your book isn’t worth reading: Most people don’t realize that that list isn’t about number of books sold, or great writing; but rather the opinion of a few folk who read the releases of well known publisher’s - or distributors who have a huge play in the market…you can sell 1-10000 but without there sign of approval-NO GO

If you could be a character from any book you've read, who would you be? I haven’t found one yet.

When you're not writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?

Volunteer, swim, travel and spend time with my family.

What do you do to interact with your readers?

Face Book Fan page- Janice Sullivan

Our theme this month is Family Literacy. Do you do anything to promote family literacy?

Yes, I work with several youth groups on my tours. Often sponsoring reading hour where I read and speak to teens.

Oprah always asks, what do you know for sure?

What I know for sure is that: I do not want to leave this earth without doing something bigger than myself. Leaving a footprint that can not be erased.

Can you give us a sneak peek of your next book?

Well, I have a children’s series that is set to be released by mid-March…The series is a read and learn duo that encourages positive thought and behavior. While dealing with the differences and influences our children encounter daily.

“ Nac’ouysey Stories” (na’coo-say ) the title with a hidden message!

How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website)

Face Book- Janice Sullivan

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1 comment:

LaShaunda said...


Thank you for being our featured author.

Many blessings to you.

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