I am very excited to have Leonard D. Hilley II at The Blogging Book today! Leonard is the author of The Darkness Series. I have read all three, they are amazing! They keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.
Born in Middletown, OH, in 1966.
1998 graduate from Morehead State University (B.S. biology)
Currently live in the mountains of Kentucky
In one sentence only, why should we read your books?If you’d like to be taken away on a suspense-thrill ride that keeps you guessing until the very end, you’d probably enjoy my Darkness series.
What inspired you with the idea for this Series?The opening sentence: “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 sentence came to me one night, and I just had to write it down. The rest evolved from that. I didn’t have any plot, characters, theme, just that one sentence.
Generally, about one year from start to finish.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre?
I believe the genre chose me. My muse tends to be the one that keeps me here.
What was/is the easiest/hardest part about writing these books?
I actually finished my biology degree to learn more about the scientific knowledge needed to write this series. I’ve always loved biology so that was enjoyable in itself. The hardest part is when I cannot see what is happening. If I cannot see it, I cannot write it.
Is there anything you wish was different about the books?
Of the books that you have written, which is your favorite?
I cannot honestly pick one above the other. That’s almost like asking which of my children do I love the most. Why? I can’t make that type of choice.
What's a typical working day like for you?
Coffee and revisions first. Then, I began working from there.
When/where do you write? I work in my home office.
Do you set a daily writing goal?
Not really. I hope to get 3-5 pages written per day. Sometimes I hit three good pages, and I’ve had the fortune of ten-plus pages some days.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Seeing my worlds come to life and the characters working through their situations.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I love Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and Roger Zelazny. The Amber series by Zelazny is one of my favorites.
If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. Which would it be?
Probably one of the Amber books. I love the world Zelazny set up.
What's one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Keep writing. Great writing comes from lots of revision. Write, write, write!
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m working on the fourth book in my series and the first book of a dark fantasy series. I hope to have both finished later this year.
You said you are currently working on a screenplay for Predators of Darkness, what would be your dream cast?
Hugh Jackman, Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Jennifer Anniston to name a few.
Thank you so much for stopping by! I can't wait for #4 of the Darkness Series!
You can check out my reviews here:
Predators of Darkness | Beyond the Darkness | The Game of Pawns