Today it is my pleasure to introduce to you an author who fits that description perfectly. Leonard D Hilley II holds a B.S. in Biology and a MFA in creative writing. His lifelong love of writing and science has prompted his interest in creating sci-fi and dark fantasy thrillers. He currently resides in the mountains of Kentucky with his wife and two children. He is the author of Predators of Darkness: Aftermath and Devils' Den which are both only $.99 on Amazon Kindle and will be for a few more months. But before you follow the link and snatch yourself up such a bargain, let's find out a little bit more about him.
Death Valley is the fourth book in my darkness series and due for release in September. This is probably the most suspenseful book in the series with a few new characters and unforeseen dangers that throw the main characters’ lives into total chaos. To tell much more would give away too much information, but I’m aiming for a page-turner.
2) How did you come up with the title?
The ending of Book 3 (The Game of Pawns) set up the title for the book, but the title, Death’s Valley, has a two-fold meaning. One character in this novel states: “Everyone dies eventually . . .” And truth be told, even I didn’t see what was going to happen until everything unfolded. I was engaged with a vivid “Aha!” moment. Death will come to a few characters, and the heroes are faced with deadly challenges.
Yes. In 1993 my wife introduced me to Dean R. Koontz’s novels, and immediately my urge to start writing again surfaced. I’ve been writing ever since. Like Koontz, my novels are considered cross-genre.
I never outline, at least not until after the book is finished. Then I will make notes as I reread and edit to make certain that subplots get played out and not leave the reader wondering what happened. The idea behind Predatorsof Darkness: Aftermath came to me in 1996. The opening sentence popped into my mind as I was trying to go 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.” That was it. No characters. No plot. Just that interesting sentence, from which four novels have spawned. At this point, I know there will be a fifth book, too.
Writing is a lonely occupation. It is you with your computer or notepad waiting for the muse to gift you with prose.
11) How do you come up with your characters?
Dean R. Koontz
13) Favourite book?
The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny.
14) Favourite/worst book to movie? The worst adaptation I’ve seen is Stephen King’s novella, The Mist. The ending is NOT the ending of the book and not what the main character would have done. But that’s Hollywood.
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Leonard also wrote a very interesting peice that makes a detailed account of his journey to indie publishing. Follow this link to get a great insight into the world of a writer and the difficult path that they tread.Here is his guest post describing the six-year wait that he endured with Predators of Darkness: Aftermath with Baen Books. http://redtash.com/post/29563942895/writer-wednesday-welcomes-leonard-hilley-on-thursday