Interview with Author Syd Sullivan and her Debut Novel!

Please help me welcome author Syd Sullivan who is here to share her debut novel, Unsolved Case. I recently met Syd at a book signing by New England Authors Expo at Northern Essex Community College. Since she is a new author I wanted to help her get established and introduce her to all my fellow author friends and readers.

It’s lovely to have you here, Syd. Please take the stage and tell us about yourself and your book.

When did you know that you wanted to be an author?

I started writing around 6 yrs old, writing stories about my day and with friends. When I turned 14 that is when it really became something I wanted to achieve.

Jjspina: That is wonderful that you knew what you wanted to do at such a young age.

How do you come up with ideas for your stories?

While writing I tend to zone out and try to focus on 1 main idea and then take several other ideas to create the story.

Jjspina: Nice way to go into your own special place to think.

What do you expect to accomplish in 2019?

In 2019 I will have published 2 books within  one year, that is my big accomplishment.

Jjspina: Congrats on publishing!

What hobbies do you have when you are not writing?

My hobbies include playing basketball, going to movies, and going to the beach when the weather permits.

Jjspina: I like the going to the beach one!

What is your target audience for your book?

My books relate to young adults, but a lot of different age groups tend to enjoy my novel no matter the age.

Jjspina: Perfect, that way you get a broader audience.

What advice would you give prospective authors?

My advice to other authors is to follow your thoughts when writing and just keep true to what you want to write. Let your imagination run wild because writing gives you the ability to bring your characters to life.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

There are thousands of beautiful places in the world and I believe you can’t just stay in one place to witness how big the world is.

Jjspina: Yes, there certainly are, Syd.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Something people don’t know about me is that when I travel throughout the country. I have a tradition that I do and have done for quite sometime now. I pick up rocks. One rock from each state. I currently have 11 rocks. When I return home I put the state abbreviation on that rock from where it comes from. Eventually, I hope to have 50.

Jjspina: That’s a fascinating thing to do. I hope you complete your collection one day.


In the legendary city of Boston, a fifteen year-old, Ariel Smith, lives with her parents and her twin brothers, Aaron and Eric. She then discovers she was adopted by her godparents when she was three months old. Her young parents had been murdered, and their killer was never found. Ariel’s life is turned upside down as she grieves for the birth parents she never knew. While dealing with all that life throws at her, she has a feeling she’s being watched. 

Ariel is determined to solve the mystery of her parents murder, but ends up solving a case of her own, a case called life. 

Please stay tuned for the sequel to Unsolved Case, which will be in book stores soon. 

Author Bio:

Syd Sullivan began writing at age fourteen. She lives in a small town in New Hampshire. Writing is her passion along with her love of basketball. This is her debut book. 

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It was wonderful to interview and learn more about you today, Syd. I wish you all the best with your new book and all your future endeavors. Feel free to come back again when you have new books to share now that you are part of the Jemsbooks family of authors.

Thank you, readers, for stopping by today to read about this new author and her debut novel. I hope you will take the time to welcome her and check out her book and connect with her on her website.


Please leave some love for authors by reviewing their books wherever you purchased them. We authors will love you back and appreciate your kindness and efforts.

Blessings & Hugs,


About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 12 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 9 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her children's book, Lamby the Lonely Lamby, won a Silver Medal in the Mom's Choice Awards. Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Honorable Mention from Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Book 2, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and so did Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Book 5, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost, and Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Davey & Derek Book 6, and Abby & Holly Books 1 & 2 all won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. Abby & Holly Book 1 School Dance won a Bronze Medal from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Book 5 of Davey & Derek also won a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest. Hunting Mariah and Mariah’s Revenge were Finalists in Authorsdb First Lines Contest, Book 4 of Davey & Derek Series was a Finalist in Red City Review and received a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on Book 4 of Abby & Holly series for girls and a Dragon series for young children. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2020 and beyond along with more children's books. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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