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Thursday, June 23, 2011

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Leonard Hilley II

ABOUT:
Leonard D. Hilley II is a native of Ohio.  Born in Middletown in 1966, his family moved to Alabama when he was six months old.  At the age of three he was reading books.  By age eleven he wrote his first novel.

Leonard spent most of his youth exploring the bluffs, meadows, and woods in the Pleasant Hill community near Fort Payne, Alabama.  When he was ten years old, he viewed Dr. McKabe's insect collection and immediately his love for biology was birthed.  He collected and reared butterflies and moths for many years.

Leonard currently lives in the mountains of Kentucky with his wife and two children where he is busily working on more novels, a screenplay, and a children's picture book.


How did you came up with Predators of Darkness?  

Simply put: this was a gift from my muse.
I didn't have any set idea for this novel, no characters, plot, etc.  Just one night before I went to bed, the opening sentence came to me.
"Dropping a cat from the top of a ten story office building was not the best way to remain hidden, but it was necessary."
It was so intriguing I had to write it down.  I never expected it to be a series, either.  In fact, I thought it was one book.  A few months after I finished it, the characters decided to converse again, and the next thing I knew, I had book two.

What are your inspiration for the creatures written in the book? 

Morton, the cat, is a class act in himself.  He is perhaps the toughest character to write.  He only visits when he chooses to, and when he does, believe me, I take notes.  He's an even bigger character in book 2: Beyond the Darkness.

Do you relate more with Lucas or Daniel?  

Daniel.

In what characteristic?  

Like him, I don't like the pressure of being the one in charge of major decisions, but when it's necessary I'll do the best I can with what I have.

How many books are you planning to write for this series?  

I'm currently working on the fourth book in the series.  I can foresee a fifth, but after that will strictly depend on whether the characters still have unfinished business to attend to.

What can we expect on the coming books?  

Book 4 deals a lot more with genetic alterations but will be dark and  intense action.

Are you a fan of Sci-Fi, Horror, Post-apocalyptic and the likes? Which one is your favorite movie?  Book?

Yes. I love Underworld simply because of the darkness to it and it's one of the best directed movies I've seen. Book?  This would be a tie between Koontz's Watchers and Mr. Murder.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Currently Predators of Darkness: Aftermath is only available via Kindle/Nook/eReaders (@$2.99!), but  this will be available in paperback next week.

Note to readers from L. Hilley II: 
Although each book in the series can stand alone, I'll keep Predators of Darkness: Aftermath at $2.99 because the background information in that novel is essential.

Where to find Leonard Hilley II: Facebook PageBlogger, GoodReads, Twitter

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2 comments:

Julie said...

Hey, Leonard! I live in Columbus, Ohio, but in 1966 I lived in Middletown, Ohio, for about 10 months, before moving back to Columbus, Ohio, when I was just 2! What a weird coincidence! Anyway, your books sound awesome and I am desperately trying to win the ebook from the giveaway so I can get started! Good luck with everything :)

jwitt33 at live dot com

Julie said...

Me again! I forgot to mention the following:

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