Kathryn Sullivan, author | In the Spotlight Interview

Posted on April 10, 2015 «
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In the Spotlight is a new feature here at Second Run Reviews. I’ve invited authors, publishers and editors to take part in interviews, guest posts, giveaways and anything else that they can dream up that is appropriate for a blog.

Today Kathryn Sullivan is In the Spotlight at Second Run Reviews. The author of several fantasy novels, many of which are award winning novels. She’s been busy this spring traveling to conventions and blogging about ‘Wizards & Other Magic Users‘. Welcome to Second Run Reviews, Kathryn. Glad that you have returned home safely from Memphis and I hope spring is coming soon to Minnesota. It’s taking its time arriving here in Iowa.

In the Spotlight Kathryn Sullivan

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So let’s get things started!

In a tweet (140 characters or less), tell us a bit about yourself.

 

 

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I write young adult fantasy and science fiction. I’m owned by a Moluccan cockatoo and I’m a big Doctor Who fan.

 

 

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I, too, am a Whovian, but I’m rather new. I just came to watch the series a couple years ago after attending ICON. Speaking of Doctor Who, I see on GoodReads that you are featured in the collection of essays entitled Chicks Dig Time Lords and you feature a bunch of Doctor Who links on your website. I’m a Whovian as well! What’s your favorite thing about Doctor Who?

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That at its core it’s a show about a person out to explore the universe, help people and have adventures. And the TARDIS is the coolest thing around.

 

 

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The TARDIS is definitely one of the cooler science fiction travel devices. Although the Delorean from Back to the Future is pretty awesome as well. I’ve been lucky in the last year of blogging to feature many women who write science fiction and fantasy novels. Women who write science fiction seem to be in the minority. Who or what inspired you to write science fiction? What stereotypes do you encounter/have to overcome?

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I grew up reading my dad’s collection of science fiction, so you could say it’s his fault. Books by Andre Norton and James Schmidt showed me both that women could write science fiction and that women could have adventures. I started writing the stories that I wanted to read, where women were the wizards and the main characters in the story.

The big stereotypes I keep encountering are “boys don’t read books about girls” and “boys don’t read books by women authors”. That last is why women had to write under male names (Andre Norton) or initials (J.K. Rowling). I’ve always been able to find good fantasy and science fiction written by women even back in the early days of science fiction.

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There is quite a legacy of excellent women writers in science fiction and fantasy. My TBR pile grows by the day as I discover authors and their works. What three books to you find yourself recommending to your fans over and over?

 

 

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I tend to recommend series: Tamora Pierce‘s books, Diane Duane‘s Young Wizard series and anything by Diana Wynne Jones.

 

 


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Excellent suggestions! I have a few friends that have devoured book by all three of those authors. You’ve been writing and getting published for quite some time, if you had to go back and do it all over again, is there any aspect of your novel(s) or getting published that you’d change?


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If it was possible to change or speed up the advent of ebooks, it would be nice. But that can’t be changed. The publishing industry’s opinion that “nobody reads young adult fantasy” wouldn’t change until the Harry Potter books came out, so I’m glad I was persistent.

 

 

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Authors are certainly a different breed as fads come and go. I’m glad you stuck with it, Kathryn. As we wrap things up, in the world of social media, it’s become a thing to share what you love. I often wax on about my love of movies and of course, books so what’s your current obsession?

 

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Nest cams. Right now I’m watching the web cams for bald eagle and peregrine falcon nests. There’s one bald eagle nest here in Minnesota that has two cute fuzzballs.

 

 

 

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Technology is pretty amazing when it comes to nature. The webcam is up for the eagles in Dubuque again if you need another feed to watch.

Well, our time is up, Kathryn, any last thoughts or wise words you want to pass along?

 

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Be persistant. If you want to be a writer, keep writing and keep sending things out.

 

 

 

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Excellent advice, Kathryn. Thank you so much for stopping by Second Run Reviews today. I appreciate your time, insight and wise words. Good luck on your next great writing adventure.

 

 

About Kathryn Sullivan

Kathryn Sullivan is the author of the award-winning young adult fantasies The Crystal Throne, Agents & Adepts, and Talking to Trees. Her Doctor Who-related works include the essay, “The Fanzine Factor”, in the Hugo winning Chicks Dig Time Lords and a review in Outside In: 160 New Perspectives on 160 Doctor Who stories by 160 writers. Her recent works are short stories “Search and Rescue” and “The Oracle of Cilens” (amberquill.com and Amazon) as well as “The Taste of Treasure” in the steampunk anthology Clockwork Spells and Magical Bells and “The Theft of the Royal Jewels” in the pirate anthology A Tall Ship, A Star and Plunder. She is owned by a large cockatoo, who graciously allows her to write about other animals as well as birdlike aliens.

Kathryn lives in Winona, MN, where the river bluffs along the Mississippi River double as cliffs on alien planets or the deep mysterious forests in a magical world.

 

 


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2 responses to “Kathryn Sullivan, author | In the Spotlight Interview

  1. Great interview Terri! I hadn’t thought about the difficulty of being a female fantasy writer, but I think that’s because things have changed in recent years. Great advice too 🙂