Author Interview: The Last Hybrid by Lee Wilson

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The Last Hybrid

When Hannah dropped out of college after losing her scholarship she spent five years weaning herself of alpha males and alcohol, but when she decides to return to finish her degree she finds those things rolled into one in the intoxicating blue eyes of fellow student Daniel Keith.

What she soon learns is that her newfound addiction to Daniel’s bad-boy edge impairs her judgment beyond any mixed drink a frat boy could have handed her. She should have left when he cut his arm with a car key to show her his white blood. Or when he had a run-in with a dark angel on one of their dates. But Hannah stays, entranced by this man who remains a mystery to her.

Is Daniel really a Nephilim, the son of an angel father and a human mother? And why does the small town of Spring Hill, Tennessee seem to summon his enemies? As romance lures Hannah further into a shadowy world most people never see, she realizes she’s gotten herself in deeper than she knew possible. And this time there’s no option of dropping out.

 

 

leeAuthor Lee Wilson

Lee Wilson co-authored two books with best-selling author Joe Beam before writing The Last Hybrid. In addition to being an author, Lee is an actor who has been seen in film and television. He has spoken at the Pepperdine University Lectureships and has ghost written for major national publications.

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Interview

                                               

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

 

If I had to pick, I guess I’d go back in time. I’d like to see a time of Kings and “Knights of the Round Table.” But I suspect that it’s dangerous and everyone has bad breath. So maybe it’s better staying in my head.

 

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?

 

Samuel Adams, Jesus (of course), Graham Hancock, Bubba Watson and Ron Paul.

 

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?

 

To fly.

 

Pet Peeves?

 

Use of clichés. People chewing gum with their mouths open. Typos.

 

What inspired you to become a writer?

 

Reading and watching movies/TV. I think that enjoying stories made me want to create my own. The real fun is imagining a world and living their my head while I’m writing.

 

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

 

People stopping me to tell me they’ve not just read the book, but got so much out of it that they shared it. There’s nothing like that look in their eyes.

 

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?

 

As a teen it was, “Playing On The Devil’s Court,” by Carl Deuker.

 

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?

 

Something by Florence and the Machine. Or Snow Patrol. Or Concerning Lions (their song “Dragons”).

 

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?

 

Over prepare. Seriously. Most authors I know are in such a rush and don’t understand that when dealing with agents, publishers and readers, a strongly developed, cultured book has a far greater chance than one rushed together, motivated only by hopes of having a best seller with only a few months’ worth of work.

 

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?

 

Definitely Daniel.

 

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?

 

“It’s better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.” Les Brown.

 

What was your favorite children’s book?

 

The Hardy Boys. But mostly because my mom would read it to me.

 

What do you do in your free time?

 

Golf.

 

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?

 

Downton Abby

 

Favorite quote from a movie?

 

“What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today!” Bill Murray, Groundhog Day.

 

How long do you generally let a story idea ‘marinate’ in your brain before you start the book?

 

If I think it’s a great idea and it entertains me to think about, I’ll write out the scene that was in my head. Then if I can’t stop thinking about it, I’ll add a list of ideas for the story to the document that contains that scene. Then I’ll finish whatever current projects feel like they’re in my way and start the book or screenplay.

 

Do you have any weird or interesting rituals you do to get into writing mode or while you’re writing?

 

Coffee is a must if it’s paranormal. I don’t know why, there’s just something mysterious about the darkness of coffee.

 

Who or what inspired your last book?

 

The Last Hybrid: Bloodline of Angels was an idea I had as a teenager. I read Genesis chapter 6 where it talks about angels having children with humans and I instantly thought about a novel about that kind of romance. But it wasn’t until 13 or 14 years later that I did anything about it (or had the skills).

 

What’s your biggest challenge as a writer? How did you overcome it, or how are you working to overcome it?

 

Editing. I like things to be smooth and powerful. If I’m frustrated with how something reads I won’t take another step until it feels good and flows right. So what I’ll do is try opening another document and writing the scene from scratch again. If I do this with my mind as a blank slate, I can often find better wording and flow for some parts.

 

Favorite/most influential teacher

 

My mom (she homeschooled me for a grade). Brender Elder and Dr. Kenny Barfield

 

Do you write as you go or do you have the book all planned out from page 1?

 

I start with some scenes that I’ve seen in my head and then I develop a general outline. That outline rarely stays even remotely intact. Then I write and see what happens. The characters take on their own life in my head. They do their own things and I write some of them down.

 

If you could leave this world for your “book world,” would you?

 

Temporarily yes, permanently, probably not.

 

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