E.W. Sullivan

Biography

E. W. Sullivan (Sullivan) was born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1963. Aside from the twenty dollars or so he earned as a teenager shoveling and spreading dirt in the low-lying areas of his neighbors' yards, he's busted tables in a pizza joint, and scrubbed dishes in a private country club. Things got a little better for him when, for summer money, his father loaded up the bed of his old F-150 with watermelons, set him on a street corner saying, "You keep what you earn". Since then he has worked as an architect and contractor, taught computer networking, and owned a financial services company.

Sheaves of Zion is Sullivan's first novel. His desire to become a novelist festered for many years when he found himself with some free time to fill (unemployed). He wrote a series of unpublished short stories, mostly for cathartic reasons, while waiting for unemployment to run out. He found writing better than drinking , deciding to take up the former full time. After struggling through high school with Taming of the Shrew and Oedipus Rex, his love of literature was resurrected by reading The Catcher in the Rye. He has a fascination with the lives of troubled young men, having grown up with a few of them at times in his life (they creep into the persona of his characters).

He credits his high school English teacher, Mr. Smith, for planting the seed for his love of writing, his late father for how to tell a great story, his late mother for how to curse properly and his wife, Anita, for her support . E.W. Sullivan lives, works and writes in Atlanta with his wife.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. It has a reputation as a place to be from (the implication being never to live there). It's a little-big city. I believe it's the largest U.S. city area wise. I've found the mentality of the people, however, to be small. Before I get hate mail from "The Bang'um", let me explain. I presently live in Atlanta. If you left here for more than a year, the place would be totally transformed by the time you returned. Be it new buildings, roadways or something, the place never stands still. Jacksonville, on the other hand, seems frozen it time. If New Orleans is the "Big Easy", Jacksonville is "The Big Same ol' Same Old". That said, it is the place of my three biggest writing influences: Mr. Smith my high school English teacher and my parents. Mr. Smith always encouraged me to keep writing and my parents were two of the best storytellers I've ever heard, especially my dad.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story I ever read, but I do remember the first impactful story. In my case there were two: the Bible and Catcher in the Rye. WHAT you say! I know, it's crazy. They couldn't be more different. I remember reading the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and being unable to put it down. It had everything: murder, sex, betrayal and rock & roll. Okay, perhaps not R&R but some other bad music instead. It read like a perfectly crafted story, contradictions and all (calm down zealots). I was so moved that I hopped into the shower and baptized myself (good thing there are three strikes). To a more safer topic, Catcher in the Rye mad me a badass. I got in to more trouble with my parents trying to be Holden Caulfield than you would believe. I fell in love with writing after reading this book. The moment I finished it I knew I would become a writer some day.
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Books

Swarm Theory
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 148,820. Language: American English. Published: August 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Criminal profiler Dr. Thelonious Zones wants to believe his father didn’t kill his mother. What stops him from believing is the twenty-five years to life his father received for her murder. Zones sets out to find the truth to this twenty-four year old question, but his search is interrupted when he is forced to investigate the death of a young Arab college student and a series of bombings.
Sheaves of Zion
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 87,130. Language: American English. Published: February 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » African American fiction » Mystery & detective
Psychologist Dr. Thelonious Zones is counseling inmates at a South Georgia prison. When bodies start to show up in religious places, he is called in to help investigate the crimes. Dr. Zones is an expert in crime scene symbolism, particularly of a religious nature. His theories of the crimes are doubted, however, by investigators. He must prove that they are correct to stop a killer.

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