Yesterday, I reviewed a fantasy novel called “Shawndirea”, and today I’m happy to feature the author on my blog with an interview.
1) What does “Shawndirea” mean? I’ve never heard of it before.
I do have any particular meaning behind the name. The spelling came to me years ago and stuck. She is a fairy and also the Butterfly Queen. Aged butterflies come to her with their tattered wings, and she blesses them with restoration, healing them and granting them new wings.
2) How long did it take you to write the book from start to finish?
Over two years, but the characters have been in mind for more than twenty years.
3) What is your favorite scene from the book?
Two scenes stand out to me the most. The first is when Ben captures Shawndirea, thinking he has captured a new butterfly specimen and is shocked that it’s a faery and he’s totally destroyed her wings. The next scene is what she does after she has partway recovered at his house (NO, I’m not going to spoil it for you).
4) Which scene was the hardest to write?
None stand out to me as the hardest to write, but there is an intense scene inside the haunted cave (Devils Den) that is fairly dark.
5) Which character do you identify with the most, and why?
Perhaps Ben because there have been many times that I have wished I could travel to a magical realm where these creatures exist. For many years I was an avid butterfly collector, and as I got older, my interests changed from collecting to rearing different species and preserving them instead of adding them to my collection. I no longer collect butterflies and moths, but we do more photography instead.
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.