Roseanne T. Sullivan is a writer from the Boston area who currently lives in a Victorian house in San Jose, CA, with a picket fence, one palm tree in the front yard and one in the back. She first came to the Bay Area in 1967, at the age of 22, when she arrived in the Haight Ashbury in San Francisco at the end of the “Summer of Love.” She worked in the fleet post office and began work on a studio arts degree. After she married and bore her first child, a boy named Liberty, in 1970, the family moved to North Dakota—where Sullivan learned how to adapt to extreme cold. She had a second child, a girl, on a December day when the wind chill was 40 degrees below zero and named her Sunshine in defiance. She divorced, and eventually finished degrees in studio arts and creative writing in Minneapolis, while teaching writing and living on very little. She then pretty much gave up creative writing and art and began work as a technical writer to make a better living for herself and the children. Sullivan began to be able to travel as the children got older and wrote stories about her trips. When a supercomputer company she was working for in 1989 in St. Paul, MN was discontinued, she was recruited to a division of Sun Microsystems near San Jose, just in time for the Loma Prieta earthquake and the peak of the technology wave.She kept up with her art practice by doing quick sketches when traveling, by taking artistic photographs, by painting watercolors, and by starting to paint, but never finishing, several seven-layer oil paintings.
After her last job as a technical writer and course developer ended in 2011, Sullivan has researched, written, and published many articles and essays along with her photos. She also does graphic design of posters and ads and manages Facebook pages for several organizations and businesses. Returning to her old enthusiasm for creative storytelling this past year, she polished earlier fiction stories and memoir pieces, wrote new ones, and has begun sending her stories out to seek new readers.
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