Q&A with Talulah J. Sullivan!

by | Dec 20, 2023 | Author Q&A | 0 comments

What form of public transportation do you prefer?
I love ferries. And we have a decent light rail system in the Seattle area.

Would you rather ride a bike, ride a horse, or drive a car?
Horse, no question. Though the only place I’ve found it safe to ride a horse along the road in today’s world is Ireland.

What would you sing at Karaoke night?
I don’t do Karaoke nights. *shudders*

What did you want to be when you were small?
A horse. Or a deer. Supposedly I went gallumphing through the supermarket aisles, embarrassing my elder sister no end.

What is your fav thing about your writing career?
The writing. I never wanted to ‘Be a Writer’ but have always been compelled to write.

What is your biggest complaint about your writing career?
That it seems hard work & talent don’t matter; that lyrical prose and a wide vocabulary are also undervalued. It seems that merchandisers, not writers, are often the ones who succeed in the big picture. 🙁
But my readers definitely give me hope! Thank you all.

What is one of your favorite books to read?
I’ve several that I will pick up and read on a regular basis, but the one that immediately comes to mind now is My Friend Flicka. I try to go back and reread it (and the other two books of the trilogy, Thunderhead & Green Grass of Wyoming) at least every couple of years. Each time I find more layers, more beauty. These books immerse me almost immediately in time and place, and Mary O’Hara’s character studies are brilliant. All together, these books are an example of the author’s skill and talent, and told with a rich, evocative language that seems to be lacking in so much of today’s fiction.

If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?
Ah, but everything’s connected. You can’t pluck one string without vibrating the rest. It would be the butterfly effect, as Ray Bradbury (another absolutely brilliant writer) first posited in his short story “A Sound of Thunder’: one poor squished butterfly changed the future. I’m not quite so lost to sense that I’d mess with something like that!

Talulah’s debut and upcoming Indigenous SFF & Gothic novels are available HERE:

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(She also used to be J Tullos Hennig… shh, don’t tell.)