Posted on April 29, 2013. Filed under: Author Interviews, Book Reviews, L.Leander Book Reviews, L.Leander Reviews and Interviews | Tags: author, author interview, books, driver's education, humorous writing, L.Leander's Reviews and Interviews, Life In The Slow Lane, novel, So Much Time So Little Change, Thomas M Sullivan, writing |
A few months ago a fellow Facebook author asked for reviews on a site we both belong to. I had some time so sent him a message and agreed to give the book an unbiased review. I’m glad I did. The story was so heartwarming and so funny that I couldn’t put it down until I had finished it. It’s a look into the life of a Driver’s Education teacher and the trials and tribulations he faces while trying to teach an important subject to those who need or want to learn. If you’d like to read my review of Life In The Slow Lane click here.
Interview with Author Thomas M. Sullivan
Where do you write? What’s your creative space like?
I seem to write all over the place – at home, in coffee shops, the library. Whenever something comes to me, I start jotting things down. So I always carry a pen and pad. My creative space is pretty wide open and includes anywhere someone isn’t yapping on a cell phone. I can’t concentrate around those one-sided calls.
What is your favorite writing tool?
I’m still a pen and paper guy, at least for initial drafts.
What movie star would you pick as one of the characters in your book and why?
Definitely Steve Buscemi. He’s got those bad teeth and awkward mannerisms, which make him so loveable. My characters are goofy and flailing through life, which is their charm. Just like Steve Buscemi.
What did you want to be when you grew up? Did you realize that dream?
I never had any clear interest in a particular field. I seemed to fall into things, and for much of the last two decades I was a teacher. I worked for a series of schools that got shut down or blew themselves up. It was all quite funny. But now I’m doing what I really think is right – writing humor essays.
Explain your creative process. Pantser? Outliner?
Since I write essays I don’t really plan or outline things. An idea arrives and I just start writing. And I go until it’s “out of me”. It’s kind of like attacking a buffet when you’re starving. Then I sit back and refine things.
If you could only have one mode of transportation what would it be, a horse or a bicycle? Why?
A bicycle. You don’t have to feed a bike and it never throws you. You throw yourself.
Do you dream about your stories? Ever written about a dream?
Not really. I’m a forgetter of my sleeping dreams.
What were you like in high school? Class clown? Nerd? Cheerleader type?
I was a clown/jock hybrid, leaning more toward clown. I could never be a cheerleader because I’m very inflexible physically. One high kick and I’d be done.
What’s your favorite theme park? Why? (If you’ve never been, which one would you like to visit and why?)
It’s not really a theme park, but there’s a velvet painting museum in Portland, Oregon that I adore. They’ve got paintings of unicorns with comb-over hair a portrait of Jesus surfing atop a tractor-trailer. Pure magic.
Are you a reader? What types of books do you like best? What author(s)?
I like fiction with believable humor that comes from lesser-known authors. I just read Keith Lee Morris’s The Dart League King. Currently I’m reading Salty by Mark Haskell Smith. Great books from authors who should be getting far more attention.
Thomas Sullivan is a humor writer from Seattle. He is a former teacher whose first book (Life In The Slow Lane) recounted his experience teaching driver education.
If you’d like to find out more about author Thomas M Sullivan here are links his websites.
Books by Thomas M. Sullivan
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