Mini-Interview – James Sullivan

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!

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