T. Steven Sullivan (Tim) was informed by his high school guidance counselor that there was a clown school in Florida. He didn’t take her up on the suggestion, instead he enlisted his trouble-making antics into the Navy. He served for four years as a Torpedoman’s Mate aboard the USS Key West SSN-722, a fast-attack submarine. Amazingly, he earned a good-conduct medal during his time, even though he switched the sour cream with ice cream on the chief’s table during taco day. He also told the Weapons Officer, minutes before a missile launch, that he thought he dropped his car keys in the torpedo tube while cleaning it. He did make quite a name for himself in the Navy, literally, when he painted “Sully” on the fairwater plane of the submarine. That stunt earned him a little one-on-one time with the C.O. in his stateroom. Even though Tim brought his rebellious nature to the Navy, the Navy helped focus his energy. He went on to Navy Dive School and became one of the ship’s divers.
Life after the Navy continued to be adventurous for Tim. He began working on a career in the entertainment industry. He spent his time doing voice-overs, writing and acting in a sketch comedy show and training to be a stuntman. Unfortunately for the acting career, but fortunate for a husband and father of four, his side business took off and turned into a career. While the day-to-day operations of running a business didn’t offer the type of adventure Tim was used to, he would use his lunch hours to escape. Armed with a wireless keyboard and a cell phone with Microsoft’s Documents-to-Go app, Tim began to revisit his submarine days. An hour or so a day, Tim would sit in various fast food restaurants and try to type more words on the page than calories he would take into his body. After a while, his first novel, a tribute to the friends he served with, was finished.
Currently, Tim is preparing to hit the road with his family full-time in an RV. He is also working on his next novel which continues the story of Petty Officer Quinn, the hero of “Hot Run”. Only this time he is going to try and avoid writing inside of fast food restaurants since his metabolism won’t return his calls.