I Believe in Books

Guest Post by J.M. Sullivan, Author of SECOND STAR


Growing up, one of my favorite things to do was curl up under a blanket with a good book and get lost in the story. 20 years, a few careers, and two kids later not much has changed (I am snuggled up under my microfleece throw as I type). Although I don’t have as much free time anymore, I still manage to find the time to read. The reason for this is simple:

I believe in books.

There is something magical that happens between when you pick up a new book for the first time and when you fall in love with  its characters. It is something most people don’t even notice, but so profound that once you finally put the book down, you feel like a piece of you has been changed forever.

Sometimes, you learn something new about yourself that you hadn’t understood before. Maybe, after reading, you will have found a new interest that you had no idea about, or perhaps you found a different perspective on an aspect of life that you hadn’t known you needed. Other times, you will put the last book of a series down and feel like you have just lost a good friend.

Books are powerful. They teach us things in a way that no school, or teacher, or even parent can. They nurture empathy by literally putting you into another character’s shoes while you experience what is happening in their world. They bolster critical thinking as your mind follows the plot and makes guesses as to what will happen next.

Books encourage problem solving as you try and think of ways their characters can resolve their conflicts. They expose you to diversity that you may not see in your day to day life, and expand your understanding of the world around you. Books help you celebrate, laugh, cry, cheer, fight injustice, love, hate, lose, and win.

To me, books are so much more than just a simple story or an entertaining pastime. They are doorways to adventure, learning, and self-discovery. A good book will not let you put it down without changing you in some way. It doesn’t have to be huge, but once you turn the last page, your life will have forever been altered. Just by reading it.

That is why books are magical.

That is what I hope to create.

That is why I write.


“Sullivan builds tension and excitement in this space opera refashioning of Peter Pan.” -Publisher’s Weekly

Wendy Darling worked her entire life to rise through the ranks of the prestigious Londonierre Brigade. Now as a Captain, she has everything she’s always wanted, including a ship and crew of her own. But when the Brigade receives a strange transmission from the legendary James Hooke, lost a hundred years earlier in uncharted space and presumed dead, Wendy is willing to risk it all to rescue her hero. She races to the planet known only as Neverland; her mission to find the long-lost crew and bring them home.

But there is more to Neverland than meets the eye, and more to Hooke than what was written in history books. When Wendy crash lands on the ominous planet, she quickly discovers Neverland’s dark secret; a malevolent being known as The Shadow that’s looking for a host body to escape its eternal prison. To fulfill her mission, Wendy must decide whether to trust the dashing Hooke or the mysterious Fleet mechanic who goes by the name of Pan–and she has to decide quickly…

Before the darkness consumes them all.