For Annie Sullivan,
writing comes from the heart.

“It’s really about writing what you love, because that’s what’s going to make it real.”

Annie, a Brebeuf Jesuit 2006 graduate, developed a love for writing while in college at Indiana University. She majored in English, while taking every creative writing course she could and attending workshops to hone her skills and learn the process it took to be a true storyteller.

“It became clear that I loved writing,” Sullivan recalls. “I had stories that only I could tell and I started to believe that maybe I could really do this.”

And if the success of her first novel is any indicator, she really, really can. Annie’s novel, A Touch of Gold, was named to Barnes and Noble’s Most Anticipated Young Adult Debut books list prior to its August 2018 release. The story follows King Midas’s daughter as she races to bring back her father’s cursed gold. With magic, pirates, romance and a strong woman heroine, this story has something for everyone – including a happily ever after.

“Happily ever after—whatever that means for the reader—that’s sort of what my books speak to,” Sullivan explains. “I want people to read my books and come back to the world a little bit changed, a little bit happier, a little bit more hopeful.”

To learn more about Annie’s journey to published writing, her upcoming books and her recent stop at Brebeuf to share what she’s learned with current Braves, pick up the latest issue of Bylines, out later this fall.