It was always Dzintra Sullivan’s to write a book. In 2014, the Australian author decided to turn her dream into reality. Dzintra’s first book “Arkadia”, book one of the “Halfway House” series, became the #1 Best Seller book in less than 24 hours.
Dzintra’s writes a mash up of genres including, rom-com, paranormal, comedies, mystery and more. Apart from the “Halfway House” series she started in 2014, she has then released two more series in 2017 and 2019, the “Apalala Clan” series and “Days of Death” series. In 2020, Dzintra released the second book of the “Days of Death” series and released the third book of the series in 2021, while also working on other several projects that will soon be coming to readers.
Dzintra’s journey and effort in bringing great tales has brought readers immense joy. Learn more about the author in our exclusive Q&A:
What was your biggest challenge when writing Once Upon A Death and how did you overcome it?
If I have to be completely honest, it was handling the main character. Kaah Maah is such a strong personality, that he really doesn’t allow me any input into his story at all. I call him my reaper diva. Overcoming it? I didn’t, I surrendered and just wrote what he told me to.
Where do you draw inspiration to write your books from?
Inspiration is wrapped up with the characters that come to visit. They bring their energy, story, and personalities to the table. Sometimes I have had an image prompt a character to step into my view, but then the story is all theirs.
What perspectives or beliefs have you challenged with this book series?
With the Days of Death series specifically, I believe he draws attention to acceptance of people’s differences. Deadend, the town he retires to, is commonly used by the ‘gifted’ and the towns people have learned to see past the differences and build a community that is safe for all people to exist. Kaah also challenges people’s belief in what they are told. He may be the reaper, but as he explains many times. He is not a murderer. He doesn’t bring death to you. He is simply an escort. He really has a hate on for Hollywood and how it has tarnished his reputation.
What part of the book was the most enjoyable for you to write about?
I love everything about writing Kaah’s books. He is a character that you just can’t help but love. His is socially inept and has little understanding for human boundaries. However, he tries so hard to mix in and become a ‘normal’ man about town. He makes me laugh… a lot.
If you could meet Kaah, what would you say to him?
I do meet him, often. He hasn’t truly left me since I started writing his series. He has three books completed now and many more to go. He is like my constant side kick and honestly? Has an opinion on most things. Even books that have nothing to do with him.
What author(s) do you look up to as a role model in the industry?
My secret mentors, and I say secret because they don’t know me would be the late Sir Terry Pratchet, Dakota Cassidy, Nina Bangs and Charlaine Harris, just to name a few.
What do you want readers to take away after reading your books?
I want to provide an escape for my readers. I want them to laugh awkwardly and loudly. I want them to fall in love with my characters that have now become like family to them. I want them to know that broken, is beautiful and everyone is worthy.
It was an honour to be able to talk with Dzintra and get to know more about her writing journey and to know more about her story. From this interview, we’ve gained insights and get to know the character Kaah Maah in “Days of Death” series better. We’d like to thank Dzintra for taking time out of her busy schedule to share with us the challenges she faced and the process behind her writing journey.
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