I’m interviewing Leonard D. Hilley II, author of fantasy novel “Shawndirea”. I hope you enjoy the interview! My questions are bolded, author’s responses are in regular font.
What’s the hardest part of being an author?
The hardest part is the isolation. Writing requires the author to be alone with the keyboard, typewriter, or notepad while shutting out the outside world to zone in on the characters and their world. This is difficult when you have a family and minimizes one’ social life, too. Books don’t write themselves, so you have to plant yourself in the chair and write.
Can you give us a short synopsis of Shawndirea? What inspired you to write this book?
Shawndirea was originally a backdrop story to the novel, Devils Den. I had planned for this to be a novella (~40,000 words), but the characters came to life and took over, making the book an epic novel (148,000 words). The reason these characters are so powerful is because they were characters from a novel I had started over twenty years ago. I abandoned the novel, but the characters remained in my mind, slowly maturing and waiting for their opportunity to come to life on the page.
Synopsis: An entomologist mistakenly captures a faery, shredding her wings, and vows to return her to her realm. Along the dangerous journey, they fall in love, and he must make the choice of staying in her realm or returning back to his home.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
On weekends, I try to write four to five hours per day. During the week, due to teaching, the hours vary based upon my schedule. I have learned to write more in less time. Sometimes I believe this happens because I make notes whenever new ideas strike me. I keep notebooks everywhere. And even when I’m not writing, the ideas percolate in my mind.
Name your top five favorite books.
This is difficult.
The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny
Servants of Twilight by Dean R. Koontz
I, Asimov by Isaac Asimov
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
What are you working on now?
I’m working on the sequel to Shawndirea. I’m also finishing up a sci-fi thriller about an alien virus that a doctor discovers that has no known cure.
Author: Leonard D. Hilley II
Often the smallest unexpected surprises garner the most demanding dilemmas, which proves to be the ordeal that entomologist Ben Whytten faces. While netting butterflies to add to his vast collection, he mistakenly sweeps what he thinks is the most spectacular butterfly he has ever seen into his net. Upon examining his catch, Ben is horrified to discover he has captured a faery and shredded her delicate wings into useless ribbons.
Devastated, Ben vows to take Shawndirea back to her realm, Aetheaon; but he discovers that doing so places their lives into immediate danger. To get to Aetheaon, they must pass through a portal rift deep inside the haunted cavern, Devils Den.
Once they cross the rift, Ben enters a world where mysteries, magic, betrayal, and power struggles await. He must adapt quickly or die because Aetheaon is filled with enchanted creatures and numerous races where chaos often dominates order. And since Shawndirea’s destined for the throne of Elvendale, opposing dark forces plot to prevent her from ever reaching her kingdom again. The faery’s magic isn’t enough to fully protect them, so he must trust other adventurers to aid them during their journey.
Leonard D. Hilley II currently lives in the mountains of Kentucky with his wife, Christal, and their two children. He is the author of The Darkness Series–Predators of Darkness: Aftermath, Beyond the Darkness, The Game of Pawns, and Death’s Valley.
Blog link: http://deimosweb-hilley.blogspot.com/
Facebook Author Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leonard-D-Hilley-IIauthor-page/157289854329916?ref=hl
Shawndirea is available via Kindle Unlimited as well.