Skip to main content

Interview with author Leonard D. Hilley II

Today, I'd like to welcome Leonard D. Hilley II, author of Predators of Darkness: Aftermath, which I just reviewed earlier this week. Read my review.

Q. Welcome to My Book Retreat! As you know, I loved Predators of Darkness: Aftermath. In that book, you bring a very dark world to life. Where did you come up with the idea of this world? 

This came to me as a gift from my muse. I never planned or outlined this novel. The opening sentence came to me one night before I was going to sleep: "Dropping a cat from the top of a ten story office building was not the best way to remain hidden, but it was necessary." Needless to say, this grabbed my attention, and I had to write it down. The rest evolved from this one line.

Q. A prominent theme in your book is genetics and cloning. Did you focus a lot on genetics when you were pursuing your degree in biology? 

The idea for this novel came to me in 1996, just a few weeks before I went back to college after taking a few years off. I had planned to pursue my degree in English, but with this opening and knowing the cat shifter was created through genetic manipulation, I decided to finish my biology degree. I wanted the scientific background necessary to make the novel sound feasible and realistic.

Q. The characters are very well developed and seem quite natural and realistic. Did you begin writing with certain characters and character traits in mind? 

One by one these characters appeared in the novel. My last semester in 1998, I took two creative writing classes under visiting professor, Chris Offutt, who now works as a script editor and has written several episodes of HBO's True Blood series. I had turned in the first chapter of this novel to the class for feedback. Everyone loved it, but he pointed out, you don't have one chapter here. You have five or six. He demonstrated what he was talking about on the chalkboard and it clicked. Suddenly these characters became alive on the page, and I could hear them talk and interact. It was an amazing insight.

Q. Did you write Predators of Darkness: Aftermath as the first in a series, or did it just turn out that you had more story to tell once it was complete? 

Actually, after finishing Aftermath, I thought I was finished. I didn't see a series. About six months later, the characters began to interact in my mind and suddenly, more dangers arose and they demanded the situations to be resolved. Where they have led me has been a fantastic joy ride.

Q. What are you working on now? 

I'm finishing Devils' Den, the first book in a dark fantasy series. This is something I had written over 12 years ago and revising.

Q. What genres and authors to you most enjoy reading? 

I love thrillers, sci-fi, and fantasy adventure novels. I'm a huge fan of Roger Zelazny, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King. Which authors have influenced you the most? Koontz for suspense building and Zelazny for character/world building.

Thank you so much for visiting with me here at My Book Retreat! Is there anything else you wanted to share with my readers?

Thanks for the interview!  Please let your readers know that all Kindle editions of my books are currently priced at $2.99 each.  Also, Predators of Darkness: Aftermath, Beyond the Darkness, and The Game of Pawns are now printed in paperback under my publishing imprint: Deimosweb Publishing at much better prices than previously available.

Great! I noticed Predators of Darkness is also available for $2.99 as a Nook Book as well. If you haven't read my review yet, go read it now. I loved this book and hope you take advantage of this low price to check it out too!


Popular posts from this blog

Banned Books Week: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

This is the end of Banned Books Week and unfortunately, I haven't had a lot of time to write about banned books this year. But I did want to include at least one post about it, so today I wanted to share one of the book series that it seems most people are surprised to find on the list: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park.

According to Wikipedia:
The Junie B. Jones series came in at #71 on the American Library Association's list of the Top 100 Banned or Challenged Books from 2000-2009. Reasons cited are poor social values taught by the books and Junie B. Jones not being considered a good role model due to her mouthiness and bad spelling/grammar. This is an interesting example of a banned book. Many times there are serious, controversial topics featured in books that are challenged. Things like homosexuality, drugs, vulgar language, etc. You can actually understand why people may not want their children to read those books, and why they may challenge their inclusion in school libra…

Book Review: No Story to Tell by KJ Steele

Victoria has been put down since the day she was born. First by her parents who were disappointed that she survived while her twin brother died. Then by her verbally abusive husband and his low-life friends. But soon an intriguing artist named Elliott arrives in town and starts encouraging Victoria to follow her dream of opening her own dance studio. She also begins to receive phone calls from a mysterious someone who gets her to open up about her past and face her true feelings.

In No Story to Tell, KJ Steele has captured the small-town atmosphere and brought these characters to life. From the victimized Victoria, to her drunk and obnoxious husband Bobby and his drunk and obnoxious friends, to all the side characters who you'd expect to encounter in a town like this ~ all are so realistic in both their actions and their voices. She has written a compelling story of an abused woman who thinks she is trapped in this loveless, miserable existence. But then she finds a spark of hope…

Book Review: I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Title: I See You
Author: Clare Mackintosh
Genre: thriller
Published: February 21, 2017
Format: ebook (NetGalley)
Source: publisher
Buy on Amazon(affiliate link)

Have you ever felt like someone was watching you? You will after reading Clare Mackintosh's latest release I See You. Told from the perspectives of two women, one who appears to be targeted by a criminal and the other who is the police officer working the case, this psychological thriller will have you looking over your own shoulder by the end.

Zoe is a typical working mother who takes the Underground through London to her office every day. Like most commuters, she has a routine that she follows every day, leaving home at the same time, sitting in the same train car, taking the same route to work from the station. It's habit. But she starts to realize this may not be a good idea after seeing her own photo in an advertisement in the newspaper. Another woman who appears in the advertisement is murdered and Zoe starts to ge…