Today I have the pleasure to have Dzindra Sullivan with me for an interview.
She’s the author of a great series, The Halfway House, and just started a new one, The Apalala Clan (we’ll go back to it soon, because Dzindra is talking prince Volo to come by for an interview).
So, let’s meet Dzindra.
First of all, thank you for this interview! You have a very unusual name. Can you tell us more about it?
My name, it has been a discussion of its own my entire life, as a child, I loathed it, now as an adult, I enjoy its uniqueness. Its origin is Latvian, and means Amber Jewel. I was apparently going to be named Penelope, until a pivotal barbeque my parents attended when my mum was nine months pregnant. A woman had my name, and my mother fell in love with it. I have only met one other person with my name and that was last year, when they found my books and looked me up. Was lovely.
It’s funny, my normal answer for “Where did your name come from?” Is… “My parents were drunk and playing scrabble” … bahahaha.
If you are wondering about the pronounciation, the D is silent, and the Z behaves like an S… so to spell it phonetically would be like Sintra.
That is so cool!
How did you come up with the idea for your book?
Immersion came from seeing a cover, it was a certain image that sparked the entire series. The cover was a premade, it was very serendipitous, I saw it and whammm, the entire series came to me within a few minutes. Was a strange and yet fantastic experience. Since then, I see a lot of stories in premades.
What sort of research did you do to write this book?
I did a lot research into this book (Immersion), from how oil was mined under water, to the Canadian town that it was set in. Also working out species that were natural born enemies.
If your novel were being made into a movie, whom would you pick to play the lead roles?
Prince Volos was always played by Scott Eastwood for me.
And I thank you for that! What is the main thing you want readers to take away from your book?
Hopefully a sense of enjoyment at reading my crazy story.
A fun fact about writing your book.
There is a little bit of me in each of the dragon brothers.
Okay, that made me curious! Did you always have the reins of the story or the people in it tried to take over?
Hahahaha, I have no control, they do what they want.
What are you working on now?
Bk 6 of the Halfway House Series, then an anthology, then to book two Depth, which will follow after Immersion.
Do you have a day job?
Motherhood to four, and writing.
What started you on the path to writing?
A midlife crisis.
How do you keep from resenting your duties when you have to stop writing to take care of them?
I am constantly stopping and starting, it’s called parenthood. I don’t have hassle with it.
Hidden or uncommon talent that helps/makes it harder to write the story?
My natural born quirkiness and crazy imagination work wonders in aiding my writing.
The biggest surprise you had after becoming a writer
My books going to number 1 on Amazon Australia, and top 100 international.
What does your writing space look like?
I have a beautiful blue desk, it’s new, and I love it.
Do you outline books ahead of time or are you more of a by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer?
Absolute fly by the seat of my pants, I sit, and listen. They speak and I write.
Which kind of scenes are the hardest for you to write? Action, dialogue, sex?
Sex, I can only write fade-to-black. I get all silly and giggling when I write a sex scene.
Is there anything about the writing life that you think is misunderstood by the public?
That it’s easy to write a story.
Can you describe your writing style in ten words or less?
Romantic comedies with a sarcastic paranormal twist.
How long does it take to write a story?
About three months.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Focus on my family, so that when I am deep in the cave, they forgive me.
What are your top three favorite books of all time?
I don’t just have three.
That is a tough question. Give me the worst 5 words ever heard on a first date.
I have this bad rash.
Ewwwww….. okay, let’s get to the quick round. Pen or computer
Music or silence.
Alone or in public.
Routine or when inspiration struck.
I try for routine, but end up with when I can get to it.
Outline or just write
If you were an animal, which one would you be?
Sloth, it’s my spirit animal.
Oh God, yes! If you could have any accent from anywhere in the world, which would it be?
Ooohhhhh, a southern drawl from Texas, America.
Do you have any scar? What are they from?
I have a large 15 cm scar down my spine, from where I had a big tumor removed.
A pet peeve.
Taridness and rudeness… manners are free.
So true! What bill do you hate paying the most?
Why did you choose the shirt you have on?
It was clean
Solid reason. Thoughts on gas prices?
First thought when the alarm goes off in the in the morning?
My first thought this morning? “I don’t want to adult today, can I stay in bed?”… bahaha
I always get up way before the kids, anyway. Gives me a chance to get caffeinated, and start with the online shenanigans for the day.
Do you miss being a child?
Yes, because my mum was still alive.
What errand/chore do you despise the most?
Grocery shopping, so much money for so little products.
Up early or sleep in.
Is marriage outdated?
I think some views on marriage are outdated, but the concept of two people, loving each other to the point of committing to each other for life, will never be outdated.
Thank you for this lovely chat, Dzindra!
As I told you, Dzindra is the Author of a fantastic series, The Halfway House, and of her newest one, The Apalala clan.
Will true love override everything?
Can a family be found without a blood connection?
Will the skeletons in your closet come out to kill you?
Only one way to find out… KNOCK on the door… I DARE you.
You can find the whole series on Amazon.
Immersion is book One Of the Apalala Clan.
Miles under the surface of the ocean a choice must be made.A choice where ripples will be felt far and wide.
What is the depth you will go to for true love?
Find it on Amazon.
Dzindra would love to hear from you!
I hope you enjoyed this chat, and thank you for stopping by!