John O’ Sullivan is a qualified yoga teacher and property valuer who writes epic fantasy that is real and uncompromising. Through his work be transported to another world, and live each scene through another’s eyes, until the mind behind the eyes merges with your own. Know an epic life, know human failures and human triumphs, know fear and loss, heartache and hope, weakness and strength, magic and power and helplessness in a world gone mad.
Some of his favourite authors.
Fantasy: Robert Jordan, David Gemmell, Peter V. Brett, Joe Abercrombie.
Historical Fiction: Robert Harris, Conn Iggulden, Ken Follett.
Literary Fiction: Phillip Roth, Wally Lamb, Rohinton Mistry.
Some of his favourite books:
The Wheel of Time Series, This Much I Know is True, A Fine Balance, Shogun, The Human Stain, The Pillars of the Earth, The Agony and the Ecstasy, Half of a Yellow Sun, Property, A Suitable Boy, The White Tiger, A Life of Pi.
More about me:
I was born and raised in Ferns, Co. Wexford, Ireland, where I lived until I was seventeen and went to college/uni in Dublin, where I live now. My first love and dream, since I was eleven years old, was to write books and become a writer, but there were no creative writing degrees to speak of in Ireland so I studied Property Economics in DIT.
Through school and all the way through college, I dabbled in writing, in both first person literary fiction and fantasy. And once college was over, I moved home to my parent’s house for a year to make my first attempt at it, which predictably ended in disaster.
From there I spent some time living in Canada and working in Dublin before I set out my stall and decided to try again. Close to three years later, I brought you Daygo’s Fury. Since I’ve been working on bringing out the second book of the series, while working full time in my brother’s tech company.
I grew up reading David Gemmell and Harry Potter, and was instantly hooked on fantasy. From this I found Robert Jordan’s “The Wheel of Time” series. This and all of Gemmell’s work have inspired and influenced much of what I hope to achieve in “The Daygo Stream” series. Gemmell showed me true heroic drama, while Robert Jordan created a world and a story on a scale I’ve never seen before or since.
Two other huge influencers come from the world of literary fiction. Wally Lamb’s “This Much I Know is True” and all of Phillip Roth’s work. Phillip Roth’s use of language surpasses anyone else, in my opinion, and “This Much I Know is True” created a bond with the main character stronger than in any other book that I have read. I find that I unconsciously, unwittingly, mimic my style on all four of these writers. Though there are so many more that I have gained inspiration from.