LB - Home Furnishings Direct 0607

Home | Contact Us | Art & Gallery Guide | Submit Event | Verde News | Villager | Circulars | Today's Ads | Kudos 4 Kids Arts and Entertainment News Guide | Sedona, Az.
Art & ExhibitsBooks & LiteratureNightlife & DatebookFood & DiningMusicMoviesOn StageSee & Do

home : books & literature : books & literature June 24, 2016

Books & Literature header art

3/12/2012 8:07:00 AM
Sullivan's travels guide him to write mystery

Cottonwood resident Michael C. Sullivan describes himself as a "traveler" and a "keen observer of human behavior," who also happens to be fascinated by ancient history. A lifelong journalist, who has worked at newspapers and magazines across the United States, he has applied his interests and skills to his novel "Fulfillment - It's All About Power," which is now available through the Barnes and Noble e-book NOOK site.

A native of Chicago, Sullivan began a long journalism career in Michigan's Upper Peninsula in 1968, where he first became interested in Native American culture and history. Since then, he has traveled through the U.S., Mexico, and Belize examining connections between Amerindian history and contemporary issues.

During 2006, Sullivan drove down through the heart of Mexico to the Yucatan Peninsula to learn more about ancient Mayan civilization, visiting Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza and Tulum en route to Belize, where he lived in the jungle for two months, near the Mayan village of San Pedro Columbia, inland from Punta Gorda. It was there that he discovered that the nearby ruins of the ancient city of Lubaantun was where a legendary crystal skull was allegedly uncovered by the daughter of a British archaeologist in 1924. The artifact, which became known as the Mitchell-Hedges Skull, supposedly holds mystical powers.

"I went there to do more research on the Mayan calendar and its predictions about the Year 2012," Sullivan says. "I had already written and published a non-fiction book about prophecies and end-times scenarios entitled 'In Search of a Perfect World' and I was hoping to come up with more information; but the local Maya are simple people, more concerned with day-to-day living than prophecies and the Mayan calendar. So, without coming up with new information, I decided to write a mystery/thriller novel focusing on the crystal skull. It actually gave me more leeway to discuss life and current events in light of what has happened in the past."

The story centers on a mature couple who visit the region for a combination vacation and research quest who find themselves caught up in a strange struggle, with U.S. government agents, for another crystal skull - reputed to hold the key to free energy.

"I had some interesting experiences in Belize and met some fascinating characters, which I incorporated into the novel," Sullivan says. "As I began writing, I saw similarities between the rise and fall of the Mayan civilization and that of the Ancestral Puebloans, or the Anasazi, of the Four Corners region. So I tied them together. We can learn a great deal from them."

Sullivan's novel is now available at a reduced price of 99 cents for NOOK e-readers through Barnes and Noble. It can also be ordered through his website to either be downloaded or read electronically for only $5. Free samples are also available there through

Sullivan says he is well into another novel, focusing on the evolution of the indigenous peoples of the Four Corners from prehistoric times to the present.

    Most Viewed     Recently Commented
•   Meet and greet City Hall artists Beverly Kievman Copen, Tony De Luz, and Therese Black

•   'Finding Dory' a cinematic treat for kids

•   Full lineup of musical offerings this week at Vino Di Sedona

•   Beat the heat with musical menu at Sedona's Sound Bites Grill

•   Pumphouse Poetry and Prose Project presents Cottonwood author/musician Joe Wise 

Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to Facebook character limits. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit excessive comment entries.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search
search sponsored by
Kudos Pickup Location

HSE - Like us on Facebook button
HSE - We want to hear from you
HSE - twitter follow us button

LB - Home Furnishings Direct 0607

Home | Contact Us | News Tip | RSS | e-News | Site Map | Art & Gallery Guide
© Copyright 2016 Verde Valley Newspapers, Inc. is the entertainment news information source and guide for Sedona, AZ, Cottonwood and Verde Valley area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Western News&Info, Inc.® Verde News Online is a service of WNI. By using the Site, ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the Site's terms of use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the Site. Click here to submit your questions, comments or suggestions. Verde News Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved