Author Interview with Leonard D. Hilley II

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I’m interviewing Leonard D. Hilley II today, author of fantasy novel “Shawndirea”. I hope everyone enjoys the interview!

Author Interview

Q: Please tell us about yourself

I am a biologist with an MFA in creative writing. I love writing sci-fi suspense/thrillers and dark fantasy as well. I teach a variety of subjects at a junior college in Ohio.


Q: Tell us about your book.

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.


Q: What inspired you to write Shawndirea?

Shawndirea is a character in Devils Den. She’s a faery and also the Butterfly Queen in her realm, which means that when the butterflies’ wings are worn and tattered, they come to her for her blessings. She adorns them with new wings. The twist for the novel (Shawndirea) occurs when she is mistakenly captured and injured by an entomologist that has thousands of mounted butterflies and moths in his collection. She teaches him the importance of nature and its species in a way he never imagined before. Their interactions set the stage for the novel and many unplanned surprises emerged along their journey, too.


Q: How much time per week do you spend writing/editing your work?

During the week, the time varies due to whatever my quarterly teaching schedule is. I try to get two good hours per day, and on weekends, four to five hours per day.


Q: If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?

Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and R.A. Salvatore


Q: What are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on the sequel to Shawndirea, and I’m also working on a sci-fi suspense thriller. The thriller is about Dr. Frank Carter, who is the sole survivor after miners unleash an unknown virus that kills everyone in the Life Station on the Deimos Moon. Since Carter is immune to the virus, he vows to avenge the deaths of his colleagues and fiancé by taking the virus back to Earth to kill the founder of the Olympus Mons Mining Base and Deimos Life Station. His thirst for vengeance blinds him to the fact that he might also kill millions of people on Earth.

Thank you so much for the interview and the opportunity to share with your followers!

About Shawndirea

Shawndirea PB2Title: Shawndirea

Author: Leonard D. Hilley II

Genre: Fantasy

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.

Author Bio

IMG_0042Leonard 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.

Links

Book link: http://www.amazon.com/Shawndirea-Chronicles-Aetheaon-Book-One-ebook/dp/B00KYTQWUY

Blog link: http://deimosweb-hilley.blogspot.com/

Twitter: @Deimosweb

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.

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