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Publisher, Writer and Film Director Leo Sullivan Works on New Projects; Movies

 

Leo Sullivan is an International Best-Selling Author and Film Director.  He is notably known for his urban publishing house, Leo Sullivan Presents.  

 

BLAQ STARDOM MAGAZINE: BEING IN PRISON FOR NEARLY 25 YEARS MUST HAVE BEEN A TOUGH EXPERIENCE FOR YOU.  BUT THAT IS WHERE YOU BEGAN YOUR WRITING CAREER.  WHAT WAS THAT EXPERIENCE LIKE? WHAT WAS THE MOTIVATION/INSPIRATION?

LEO SULLIVAN: Being in prison was tough but it taught me a lot, especially determination, discipline and most importantly how do deal with adversity. There are many trials and tribulations that come from being in prison.

BLAQ STARDOM: HOW MANY BOOKS DID YOU PEN WHILE IN PRISON?

LEO: I wrote about 15 books while I was in prison. One of them was titled LIFE. To this day it is considered a classic in the urban literary world. It sold over one million copies while I was in prison.

BLAQ STARDOM: WHAT MADE YOU CREATE YOUR OWN PUBLISHING COMPANY “LEO SULLIVAN PRESENTS”?

LEO: I created my company out of the necessity to help others and my love and passion for literature.  Also, I feel as African Americans we have to own our destiny and create literature that we can relate to and appreciate. To date, we have sold over 10 million books and counting. Not bad for a kid that grew up on the south side of Chicago, right?

BLAQ STARDOM: WRITING AND PUBLISHING URBAN BOOKS SPEAKS VOLUME AND IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR GENRES.  WHERE DID YOUR LOVE AND INSPIRATION TO PEN URBAN BOOKS COME FROM?

LEO: My love and inspiration come from the sheer fact that this is my passion; this is what I love and it’s great feeling to write, do what I love and get paid to do it. I’ve always wanted to be a professional writer.

BLAQ STARDOM: DURING YOUR LONG JOURNEY, WHAT WERE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES YOU HAD TO FACE? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?

LEO: I would have to say that my biggest challenge has been trying to stay relevant and productive in an industry that is considered a “here today gone tomorrow” industry. Meaning you have to stay competitive and consistent with the market and be open to change.

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BLAQ STARDOM: OVERALL, HOW MAY BOOKS HAVE YOU WRITTEN? ARE ALL OF THEM BEST-SELLING OR NATIONAL BEST-SELLING?

LEO: I have written over one hundred books and 20 screenplays. I am working on my next release now which is titled, The Coldest Love She’s Ever Known.

BLAQ STARDOM: TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR OWN COMPANY “SULLIVAN PRODUCTIONS, LLC. HOW MANY FILMS AND SCREENPLAYS DO YOU ALREADY HAVE WITHIN YOUR COMPANY?

LEO: I created my company out of the necessity to help others and my love and passion for literature.  Also, I feel as African Americans we have to own our destiny and create literature that we can relate to and appreciate. To date, we have sold over 10 million books and counting. Not bad for a kid that grew up on the south side of Chicago, right?

BLAQ STARDOM: WHERE ARE YOUR INDEPENDENT FILMS SHOWN AT? ARE YOU CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF MAKING ANOTHER MOVIE?

LEO: I am so excited about my new films, Summer Madness 1 & 2. You can find both of them on Amazon Prime and we are currently putting the finishing touches on Life, based off my national best-selling book. All of my movies are written and directed by me.

BLAQ STARDOM: AN AUTHOR THAT WANTS TO HAVE THEIR BOOK PUBLISHED WITH YOU.  WHAT IS THE PROCESS LIKE? WHAT DO YOU NORMALLY LOOK FOR IN AN AUTHOR WHO WRITES URBAN BOOKS?

LEO: I love working with new and experienced authors. I specialize in Urban Romance; That is our genre. All an author has to do is send me their first three chapters along with a synopsis to leosullivanpresents@gmail.com.

BLAQ STARDOM: HAVE YOU STARTED THE FILM PROCESS OF YOUR NEW MOVIE “LIFE” BASED OFF THE BOOK? WHAT HAS THAT BEEN LIKE?

LEO: Yes I have. We are actually in the editing process so I’ll be announcing the official premiere for that soon!

BLAQ STARDOM: WHEN CAN WE EXPECT A RELEASE DATE? WILL IT BE ON A NETWORK OR NETFLIX?

LEO: I have not set the official release date but I encourage my supporters to continue following me @lsullivanptesents on Instagram and join my email list! They will stay up to date on the latest releases and what’s next! As far as where it will be, that just depends on upcoming negotiations!

BLAQ STARDOM: HOW CAN READERS CONNECT WITH YOU?

LEO: Follow me on Instagram @lsullivanpresents and join my mailing list!

 

 

 

 

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