Friday, 7 October 2016

Inspirational Words: Spotlight on Author Dzintra Sullivan!


Dzintra Sullivan

Australian born and bred, happily married to a wonderful Canadian man, and we have been blessed with 4 amazing children. (Most of the time anyway) I love all things paranormal, my main attraction to it is the impossible being made possible. I am a hopeless romantic, and love a HEA in my books. If it has fangs, fur, wings, or halos I am all over it... (And anything in between) I am strange and weird and kooky, but in saying that I am loyal and lovable and honest. I hope you enjoy my books and look forward to meeting you all.

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The Halfway House Series


#Arkadia. (Book 1)

#1 BEST SELLER - Amazon Australia - Paranormal Fantasy.


I am Arkadia Castner. I am beautiful. I am popular. I am also the most messed-up witch you will ever meet. I can’t make water boil, or make the wind blow; I can’t even light a match without the aid of a flint. My 18th birthday is in six months, and if I don’t pass the Paranormal Safety Exams (PSEs) by then, I will be banished to the Isle of Shadows for eternity, never to be seen again – it will be as though I never existed.
I found myself at the halfway house under the supervision and guidance of Den Mother and telepathic empath, Eloise Mayflower. The halfway house is the last chance for troubled paranormal teens like me to pass our PSEs and avoid banishment. Eloise knows everything I think and feel, and is supposed to be helping me, but I still can’t do basic spells a six-year-old can do. I hate it here, but I have no choice. This is my last chance.
I had all but given up hope, when in walks Bohdan Drak. Tall, dark, and so damn sexy it hurts to look at him – even his muscles had muscles. He is a dragon shifter and wears the mark of having passed his PSEs. When our souls meet, we realize we have found our soul mates and perfect matches. My dying hope has found life again, and I finally have a reason to look forward to a future.
I thought everything would be fine, but darkness and despair creep into my future. I have been framed for a murder, and everyone believes I am guilty. The paranormal council now watches my every move. Can I trust Bohdan and true love? I fear my destiny is to be banished forever …


#Raven (Book 2)

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Hello, my name is Raven, or at least that's what I have always been told. I live at the Halfway House with Eloise Mayflower, my den mother. I am a paranormal, I am seventeen years old, and, oh yeah, I am a vampire.
Whenever I ask about the family I can't remember, I am met with hushed whispers and looks of deception. Something is not right; I might be a vampire, but I am not stupid.
A sexy centaur named Samuel Mane enters my world, and my future starts looking bright and exciting. When my best friend, Sorin Osmochescu, decides that Samuel is too dangerous and forbids me to see him, I have to make a choice—the only family I have ever known or my true love.
An afternoon chat with council member Rumor Winslow leaves me terrified …
A secret past? Hidden identities? Lives in imminent danger?
Holy sharp fangs, Batman! Who EXACTLY am I?


#Nevaeh (Book 3)
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Hello, I'm Nevaeh. I'm only here at the Halfway House because Archangel Michael got his wings in a twist, said I had a bad attitude and threw me out of heaven.

A bad attitude? Me? How rude!

Now I have to save seven souls from imminent death as a direct result of the seven deadly sins, to gain my position back in heaven. Far out! Archangel Michael must have been really pissed to initiate such a difficult challenge.

While saving an abandoned bear cub, I encounter a huge and 'rattle your bones' sexy werebear,named Macht Claw. Now I’m not so sure I want to go back.

With Archangel Uriel in my corner and Archangel Malik not, a great battle of good vs. evil is bound to erupt. Not only is my soul in jeopardy, but also the seven souls I’m supposed to save.

#Ashja (Book 4) -
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I'm Ashja! I've been roaming the earth for thousands of years.
I am a mighty and powerful Djinn—well, I was until I lost my talisman.

"He who holds the talisman controls the Djinn."

Without it, well, let's just say I’m a Djinn on the edge.

Unfortunately for me, the paranormal council in all their wisdom has grounded me. They have ordered me to stay at this godforsaken Halfway House, with only the bare essentials of my powers available until I can locate my talisman. How am I supposed to know where it is? It was dark and I was drunk.

So here I am, stuck between a centaur and a dragon.
If I don't find my talisman quickly, the town and all its occupants might not survive.

On the upside?
There’s one rocking sexy redhead up at the house.
I sure would like her to rub my lamp.
If only I could get to her.






#Mali & Em  (Book 5)

Coming Soon

Emerson and Zamali Wolf twins together forever One single moment, one failed exam, one single word FAILED will separate them for life, banished to the island of shadows for eternity. When Zamali fails her paranormal safety exams (PSA) and is sent to the island of shadows, Emerson is a lost and broken wolf. Styx the local pack leaders sassy daughter tells him to either shut his muzzle or grow some balls and rescue her, that instant in Emerson’s head the plan is hatched. No one has ever returned from the island, stories of shadow walkers and vicious creatures that drop from trees and decapitate you, have stopped anyone’s attempts of rescue... until now. Will Emerson get to Zamali? Will they both get off the island alive? Can they do the impossible? Or will the island engulf them both?





Bk One - Apalala Clan Novels
By Dzintra Sullivan
Para/Rom/Com Due out late 2016

Payton Hunter's choice to take a late night stroll by the cliffs will change her life forever. A freak gust of wind catches her off guard, and she falls into the ocean below. As the last breath of air leaks from her lungs, Payton surrenders to the cold black arms of death.
Prince Volos, the oldest son of the Water Dragon King, stands proudly with the human spy he’s captured. His father will surely renounce the crown to him as he proves himself worthy.
When this small, dark haired beauty causes his heart to start singing, Volos now wonders what’s more important. Being the next King? Or being immersed in the arms of true love?
Miles under the surface of the ocean a choice must be made.
A choice where ripples will be felt far and wide.
What is the depth you will go to for true love?



Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Inspirational Words: Interview with Director and Writer Tim Ferguson!

Hey guys,
The past few weeks have been INSANELY BUSY!

I recently started a new job at the State Theatre in Sydney, which i love! I've also been finishing off a few book projects and preparing a little something i recently came up with.

The idea for this new blog series came to me back in June at Supanova and it was inspired by the very man i am featuring in this post - the very funny, the very charismatic Tim Ferguson.

For those of you who don't know who Tim is, he is the writer and director of new Aussie comedy Spin Out. I recently saw the film and it was fantastic! Such a fun movie.
Anyway, i met Tim at Supanova and it turns out we have quiet a few friends in common. I had quite a few questions for him about writing and about his life, so i organised to have a chat with him over the phone, and he agreed! This is a rough transcript from the interview. (There were other shenanigans that went down, but i can't include everything.) Anyway, i hope you enjoy my interview with Tim Ferguson.

LL:     Growing up, did you always want to be a writer?
TF: No, I really liked talking. I thought talking was where it was at. Comedian. Actor.
When I got diagnosed with MS, I thought there was one thing I could do. And that was write comedy

LL:     Did you always want to write for film? Or other mediums as well?
 TF: Tv.
It’s great fun writing and shooting film but my first love is live TV.

LL:     How did you get into screenwriting?
 TF: It was accidental. Ted Robinson from ABC asked if we (The Doug Anthony all stars) wanted to do a sitcom and we said yes. I’ve always loved watching actors bring things to a script that I’ve created. It’s explosive, the feeling you get watching your work come to life.

LL:     Is it difficult to make films in Australia?
 TF: Oh, yeah. The pressures on filmmakers in Australia start with the fact that we’re in Australia. There’s no point in making a film for a small audience as the audience is already small! If the idea is good and the characters are good, and your script is sound the only the thing you need is tenacity. It took 10 years for Edwina and I to bring our idea to fruition. (Spin Out)

LL:     Do you have any advice for budding filmmakers and aspiring screenwriters who’d like to make it in the industry one day?
 TF: Be prepared to work with others. No one can do it alone. Why would you? If you work with other people then the project becomes greater than the sum of its parts.
Writers become too precious about their work.
And nobody is that good.
Don’t ever say 'dumbing down' again! What you mean to say is 'simplify' and every script needs that. Simple demands that you are smarter. Stop being opaque and ambiguous. It makes you look like a fool.

LL:     How important is cultural diversity in modern writing and film?
Not at all. Cultural diversity must always follow the ideas at hand. It’s good to be mindful of diversity in terms of casting, where appropriate. And it’s important to include people with disability in creative projects, on screen and off, including accurately portraying people with mental or intellectual disabilities. 
But the story always comes first. What and who is the story about? Diversity on the page for its own sake can seem token and forced.

LL: I agree. This brings me to my next question. You’re a big advocate for people with a disability in the arts and entertainment industry. And so am i. Personally, as someone with a disability in the arts who has had to overcome many barriers. (I was diagnosed with Aspergers in my teens) What do we need to do to show producers and writers and directors that people with disabilities CAN do everything an able- bodied person can do?

TF: What we need to do is get writers excited about disabled characters.
There are many obstacles they need to get over first before fighting the bad guy and getting the girl.
A disability is only one thing.
There is nothing a disabled person can’t overcome because they’ve spent their whole lives overcoming obstacles. Screen NSW are the first company to put money behind disability.

LL:     How did you get to where you are today?
 TF: with a lot of help from my friends.

Now, for some fun! Here’s a few questions I like to ask all writers.

LL:     What’s your day look like? Give us a glimpse into the life of Tim Ferguson.
TF: I start at 5am, write til midday, breakfast, then I work the phones for 2 hours, and then I write til my lovely Canadian wife comes home.

LL: Coffee or tea?
TF: Coffee. Who doesn't drink coffee?!
LL: Yeah, what is wrong with them?

LL: Who/ what inspires you?
TF: I like listening to Mahler. Quentin Kernihan.

LL:  If you had the chance to have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?
TF: Donald Trump. So, I could put masking tape around his head and explain a few things to him.

LL:  Who are your favourite writers? 
TF: John Le Carre, Stephen King, Ursula Laguin. (The wizard of Earth sea is recommended)

It was immensely fun talking to Tim.

His film Spin Out, is out now in Aussie cinemas!

Coming soon on the blog:

Look out for the next instalment in my new blog series: Inspirational Words - Interview with Director and writer Luke Sparke, and Author Dzintra Sullivan!