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Ep 94: Thriller Author Connor Sullivan

Today I talk with new Thriller author Connor Sullivan. I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of his debut book Sleeping Bear, and really liked it. For those who like mega best-selling author Jack Carr’s books (he has been on the podcast in two prior episodes) I know you will enjoy Connor’s book as well. As always, don’t tune out, as we dig into a lot of different topics besides Connor’s new book!

Connor Sullivan attended the University of Southern California, where he was the recipient of the Edward W. Moses Award for Creative Writing. During college, he interned for Warner Brothers reading screenplays before relocating with his family to the Gallatin Valley in Montana. His first novel is Sleeping Bear.

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What some people are saying about Connor’s debut novel:

“SLEEPING BEAR is one of the very best thrillers you’ll read this year. It’s one of those rare novels that keeps getting better and better and better.” — James Patterson

— James Patterson

“SLEEPING BEAR clamps you in its jaws and doesn’t let go.  A fierce, relentless beast of a novel!”

— Tess Gerritsen

“Authentic, compelling, and utterly gripping.”

— Robert Dugoni

“SLEEPING BEAR is the best kind of thriller, an ice-water hit to the veins. With enviable talent, Connor Sullivan introduces himself to the book-loving public, earning a spot on the shelf among Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, and Jack Carr. Don’t miss this stunning debut.”

— Gregg Hurwitz

Topics Discussed: 

* What was it that inspired Connor to become an author

* How Connor overcame a major sports injury, and had to change his direction in life

* Why did Connor use Alaska for his story as his primary location 

* How he was an odd-ball while going to film school at USC

* How he came up with his writing process

* Why hard work can allow you to overcome most obstacles in life

* How even though his father is a best-selling author himself Connor had to find his own way

* Why becoming an author and making a living at it is so difficult

* Why books just don’t happen they take years to write

* Understanding everyone sucks when they learn something new it is just the way it goes

* Why having focus and organizational skills is important in everything you do

* Some advice for those looking to become a writer

* Why Gary and Connor recommend Stephen Pressfield’s book “The War of Art”

* How the housing boom in Montana is completely out of control and pricing locals out of their own hometowns

* Why you shouldn’t buy a house right now

* Gary’s opinion on the housing market and why this one is a little different than previous booms

Episode Resources:

* Connor’s website:

* Gary’s online courses for living more rural and finding the simple life: 

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