Hola! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat featuring author JM Sullivan
J.M. Sullivan is a Science Teacher by day, and an author by night. Although known to dabble in adulting, J.M. is a big kid at heart who still believes in true love, magic, and most of all, the power of coffee. If you would like to connect for a healthy dose of sparkle and positivity, you can find her on Twitter or Instagram @_JM_Sullivan
Book sample: Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles
Genre: YA Dark Fantasy (Retelling)
Synopsis: Ever since the outbreak of the Plague, life hasn’t been easy, and for seventeen-year-old Alice Carroll, it just got worse. Her sister, Dinah, has contracted the ‘un-deadly’ Momerath Virus and without a cure, will soon be worse than dead. She’ll be momerath.
Alice must leave the safety of the Sector and venture into Momerath Territory to find the antidote – if it exists. Chasing a rumor about a mysterious doctor with the cure, Alice falls down the rabbit hole into Wanderland, where ravenous momerath aren’t the only danger lurking
Excerpt: “Don’t come out ’til morning,” he growled, piercing her with his golden gaze. Another animalistic screech sounded through the streets. The momerath were close. The boy glanced over his shoulder anxiously and grabbed the door handle. He tensed his arm to swing it shut.
“Wait!” Alice cried, realizing her voice sounded more than a little frantic. A million thoughts ran through her mind—Whose car is this? Why did you bring me here? Where are you going? Why are you leaving me here? These questions and more clashed into each other, demanding an answer. The winning query spilled out before she could stop it. “Who are you?”
The boy flashed her a sly grin and tightened his grip on the door. “I’m Chess,” he said. “Welcome to Wanderland.”
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you? I like to do a little bit of both—I believe the official term (at least as far as NaNoWriMo is concerned), is Pantser. While I don’t like to fly completely by the seat of my pants, my process is nowhere near as detailed as some of the planners that I know. I start with a general outline, where I put my basic plot (beginning, middle, end) and then I split it into chapters. These are more for structural purposes than anything as I always end up adding, cutting, and moving a few sections once I get to work. It isn’t a perfect method and I’m sure it would drive both Planners and Pantsers bonkers, but it works for me, so I’ll keep it! 😉
Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website? Although I got to give some input and contribute to my cover design, I am definitely NOT the one who made the beautiful cover for Alice. The credit for that goes entirely to my Editor in Chief, the amazing Miss Dionne Abouelela (you can find her on Twitter @girlvscity). She has designed all of the covers for our ‘class’ of 2017, and they are all AMAZING. Just like her. J
What is the current book you are promoting? Oh I’m so glad you asked! Basically all of my free time right now is going into promoting and preparing for the launch of Alice. She debuts May 16 which is now officially less than a month away and I am so excited! Dionne (aka WonderWoman) and I have so many great things planned, I just can’t wait.
If your book were made into a movie, whom would you cast?
Alice: Chloe Moretz
Dinah: Logan Browning
Red Queen: Jessica Chastain
Chess: Asher Book
Nate: Alex Pettyfer
Matthew Hatta: Orlando Bloom
Dr. Waite R. Abbott: John Malcovich
What is your next project? Right now I actually have a few projects in the works. I just finished drafting and am now entering the editing stages of a different retelling, which is a SciFi version of Peter Pan that I’m really excited about, The Neverland Transmissions (working title). But I haven’t forgotten Alice! When I’m not busy working on Peter, she’s getting lots of attention while I draft the sequel for The Wanderland Chronicles.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? Wicked, hands down. First off, it’s a retelling, which is totally up my alley, AND it got made into a Broadway musical! How cool is that?! I love the storyline and the idea, I would have loved to have been the one to put my own spin on it.
Is there anything else you would like to add? Well, for those who don’t know already, I would love to share the Twitter game I run called #AuthorConfession. It’s is a daily game where authors answer questions about their writing, their WIPs, and themselves using the Author Confession Hashtag. Each month, I make up a different set of questions that we go through together, answering one prompt per day. I love it because it’s a great chance to meet other writers and see what they are working on and find more great books to read! So if you’re a reader or a writer on Twitter and you haven’t already, check it out! You can visit my profile or #AuthorConfession to learn more! MF: I’ll be checking this out.
How can readers discover more about you and you work? Follow me on Social Media! One of my favorite things about being an author is all the incredible people I’ve met in the reading and writing community! Please come say hello!