For our eleventh contributor mini-interview we welcome James Sullivan, who makes his first appearance in an SFFWorld.com anthology!
In a former life, James was a college graduate and a banker. Now, he’s a New York State Court Officer, a husband, and a father of twins. He has a background in Mountain Search and Rescue, Chinese martial arts, and defensive tactics. And he hates cake and ice cream.
- What was the first story you ever wrote, published or not?
My first story was “The Magic Mouse Hole” in the 3rd Grade.
- Who’s your famous-around-the-whole-world hero?
If you meant real world, George Washington: I admire a man who was handed so much power and was able to walk away from it. If you meant fictional, then Captain America: it was his character that made him super, not the super soldier serum.
- Who’s your no-one’s-ever-heard-of-that-one hero?
If you meant real world, Irena Sendler: She saved thousands of Jewish children in World War 2, smuggling them to safety, and was horribly tortured by the Gestapo for her efforts. Otherwise, Brisco County Jr.: because Bruce Campbell is awesome. But the Manimal is a close second…
- What’s your secret weakness – Fire? Ice cream? Kryptonite?
Carbohydrates. I love spaghetti. I love sandwiches. I love spaghetti sandwiches.
- What would it take to drive you to a thrilling life of crime?
Probably very little.
- Describe your superhero suit – spare no detail!
It would be plain and unassuming. I would blend in. Though, if jet packs were available, I’d take one.
- If you were Mayor of Pacific City, what would be your first abuse of power?
The power to park anywhere in the big city I want.
- Hmmm, one of our other stories is definitely going to appeal to you. Well, we’ve danced around this long enough: which are you, Hero or Villain?
Neither. I’m more likely an anti-hero, a shadowy vigilante.
I dunno, all our contributors see themselves as edgy-almost-crims-already, yet given the chance to crush the voters under a thumb from office, all they want is better parking privileges or free pizza… well, what else do regular folks want for themselves? James has an idea:
INVICTUS — an ordinary man seeks nothing more than a stimulating partner in life, but what he gets instead is extraordinary indeed – and that makes a target out of him and those he loves…
Many thanks to James, more interviews are on the way!