Nick Sullivan has spent most of his adult life as an actor in New York City, working in theater, television, film, and audiobooks. After narrating hundreds of books over the last twenty years, he decided to write his own. His newest title Deep Shadow, a first installment in Caribbean Dive Adventures series, has been release in April 2018.
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Deep Shadow by Nick Sullivan -THREE GIVEAWAYS
MAY 14 - MAY 30, 2018
In the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, something lethal is on the move.
Scuba divers travel from all over the world to visit the little island of Bonaire, with its crystal-clear waters and a host of beautiful marine life. After three years in the “Divers Paradise”, divemaster Boone Fischer thought he’d seen it all; but on a routine afternoon dive, he spots something that will turn his tranquil life upside down.
From the arid shores of the ABC Islands to the tropical jungles of Venezuela—from the ocean depths of the Southern Caribbean, to the lush islands of the Northern Leewards, Deep Shadow takes Boone and the reader on an action-packed adventure filled with danger and suspense.
You are an actor, author and narrator - which of the three do you enjoy doing the most, or identify with? Can you make that choice?
The answer to that really does change day by day... if I'm on stage or doing a shoot on a TV show, I'm in full actor mode... well, that's not true lol. When I shot an episode of "Bull" I had just run a promo for my first book, Zombie Bigfoot
. I kept checking my phone for sales every time they turned off the camera lol. Narration is something I love dearly and when I'm in the booth I'm not thinking of anything else. Unless I start getting hungry.
After narrating over 400 audiobooks (!!) you made the choice to write your own book! How did that happen? Was there one event that inspired your decision to become a writer as well?
I think the choice to try my hand at writing came in several stages: A. I've narrated so many books and was inspired by great writers (and was also inspired by some bad writing... figuring, well if THAT can get published...)
B. I had dabbled with writing screenplays (Zombie Bigfoot is a novelization of one of mine) and knew I enjoyed that form of writing.
C. I've narrated for some new authors and watched their careers flourish, and learned a few tricks from them as far as writing, marketing, and publishing went.
And D. I've made some great contacts in the book world from my narration work, and it finally struck me that I'd be crazy not to dive in and give it a try. You only live once!
What is it like to write your own book when you have read and acted out so many others, most of them probably quite famous - is it intimidating?
Not really. I've read some early works by big names and have learned "everybody has to start somewhere". Every author evolves and I'm no different. Right now, I'm fairly new... but I'm loving every minute of it.
Tell us about your books - the first one seems quite different from the second, you've started two different series, isn't that right?
Yes... the two books are verrrrrrry different. And yet, I think a similar style is present in both. I realize if you want to make money you should establish a brand and stick with it... but I love to read all sorts of books and right now I just want to write whatever speaks to me. I had a blast with "Zombie Bigfoot"... a creature feature with a hefty amount of comedy baked into the pie—"horror", but a lot of action adventure too (like a Crichton novel, or "Jaws"). One reviewer said it reminded them of the action adventure writing of Preston and Child.
At the time I was narrating a lot of action adventure for a couple
writers and I've been an avid scuba diver for almost as long as I've been narrating audibooks— so when another idea I'd had for a screenplay pushed itself into my brain, I decided to set ZBF's sequel aside and dive in to "Deep Shadow". (But worry not, "Zombie Billionaire" is about a third done). "Deep Shadow" has all sorts of elements I enjoy as a reader and narrator: action, adventure, and suspense in a tropical setting... some colorful characters, multi-dimensional villains, and some pretty good twists!
What are your writing plans? Do you actually have any at this point, right before the release of your second novel, or will you start making plans once it's out?
At the moment I'm focused on making the launch week a success but I'll be back to writing next week. I have a complete storyboard for the ZBF sequel, and a fairly good idea what I'm going to do with the followup to "Deep Shadow". Actually, I'm taking a scuba trip to the island "Deep Shadow" ends on, which is where the sequel will begin. And in August, I'll be taking a writing retreat to Bonaire, where "Deep Shadow" starts! And I'll be narrating and auditioning for TV and film too... one day at a time!
Do you have any long-term goals as a writer? Maybe a certain number of books you would like to write within a specific amount of time?
I wish I could write more quickly, but with so many irons in the fire, it's difficult to say what sort of writing schedule I can expect from myself. I would like to get to where I can write one book in each of these series each year (one every six months) On the other hand... there's that fantasy book that I storyboarded... no!! Gonna stick with these for now!
Who are your favorite authors and genres? Have they influenced you and in what way?
I love fantasy, sci-fi, horror, historical fiction, technothrillers, mystery, suspense, and thrillers. Favorite authors: Carl Hiassen: I narrated one of his books and loved his supremely broad characters.
Stephen King: probably the first "adult" novels I read were his. King's primary inspiration to me is the craft of writing itself—"On Writing" was excellent.
Patrick Rothfuss: Absolutely loved The Name of the Wind. And I was taken with how he played with time in his narrative. And I'd have to admit that many great television shows and movies have inspired my writing.
More than one reviewer has commented that my books read like cinema. One person said of the "Zombie Bigfoot" audiobook: "It's like Netflix for the ear!" I think it was meant as a compliment...
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