Kimberly L. Sullivan

Kimberly Sullivan enjoys writing both fiction and nonfiction. Her nonfiction books for young adult readers include Muammar al-Qaddafi’s Libya and Slobodan Milosevic’s Yugoslavia. She holds a Ph.D. in political science and has been a college instructor for 13 years. Kim is a lifelong Illinois resident and currently resides in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, son, and an assortment of formerly stray cats. For more information about Kim’s work, including excerpts and some very bad advice for students and aspiring writers, please visit


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

I read a lot and was always hungry for a new story.  Nancy Drew mysteries were great because there were so many of them. I also loved the Ramona Quimby books by Beverly Cleary.

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” This first line of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice concisely demonstrates the author’s biting wit.

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Only three? Yikes! J. R. R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings), Jane Austen, Louise Rennison (Confessions of Georgia Nicholson series)

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I love stories—hearing them, telling them, and getting a good laugh out of them. I finally decided that the characters and stories floating around in my head needed to come out where they could entertain others as much as they entertain me.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Keep trying! I have a file full of rejections, and if I’d let them stop me, I would have quit writing years ago. For every person who rejects your work, remember that there’s someone else out there who will love it. You just have to keep plugging away to find that right audience.