D.E.: How long have you been writing, or when did you start writing?
Lee; I started writing in Highschool. So, I guess I have been writing off and on for about thirty (30) to forty (40) years.
D.E.: Do you write primarily in one genre?
Lee: I am a Multi – Genre writer.
D.E.: What compels you to write?
Lee: What compels me to write is the million dollar question! I have no answer to that, other than some strange compulsion to share what little knowledge I have and to entertain others with imagination and mystery.
D.E.: As a writer is there a particular obstacle you face? If so, how do you get around it?
Lee: My particular obstacle is Editing. I am blessed to have a wife that does my Editing professionally for me.
D.E.: What is the most difficult for you to write?
Lee: The most difficult for me to write is Romance.
D.E.: How many books have you written?
Lee: To date, I have written about 16 to 20 books.
D.E.: Are you self-published or do you use a publisher?
Lee: My ebook Publisher is Smashwords.
D.E.: Do you self edit or hire an editor?
Lee: My wife does all my professional Editing.
D.E.: Are your books also available in print, or are they primarily in e-book format?
Lee: Some of my books are in print by Blurb.com
However, they are primarily in e-book format from Smashwords.com
D.E.: Do you have any tips or tricks to help keep your ideas in order or at least from being forgotten?
Lee: I always carry a pocket size writing pad. The moment an idea pops into my head, I quickly write it down for later use.
D.E.: Do you prefer pen on paper for drafts or do you stay strictly on a computer?
Lee: I used to draft only on paper first, but have since trained myself to use the computer. I still use paper for ideas that pop into my head or unique titles that I want to explore later on.
D.E.: Do you have a favourite place to write or do you write anywhere and everywhere?
Lee: I have a special room in my home that houses the computer, library, and is my favourite place to write.
D.E.: Do you have a writing schedule?
Lee: No, I do not you have a writing schedule. I write for myself as a freelance writer, so conseqeuntly I do not have to follow any rigid time frame.
D.E.: How do your stories unfold? Are they plotted first and then filled out or do they simply unravel as you go?
Lee: A bit of both actually. I may begin by writing in a stream of consciousness, then go back and organize it into various plots and side stories.
Lee: My book “Off the Wings of a Child”, was my attempt at a humorous early childhood biography. It is amazing to me, that we actually reach adulthood at all, considering all of the near death accidents we find ourselves in.
D.E.: Where did you get the inspiration for, Dark Swan?
Lee: With my book “The Dark Swan Diary”, I wanted to see if I could take an actual event(s) and add on some fiction in a way that the reader could not tell the truth, from the fiction.
Lee: It only took about a month to write “The Dark Swan Diary”, since I had all of the actual events picked out ahead of time.
D.E.: What are you working on now and what's next?
Lee: Right now I am working on three (3) different stories, in three (3) different genres. When I get stuck on one, I move to the next. That way I give my brain time to rest and formulate more ideas for when I return to the first story. If that makes any sense at all!
What's next? I'd still like to write that Romance story.
D.E.: How long have you been involved in Martial Arts?
Lee: I have been involved in Martial Arts since the age of ten (10). I am going on to fifty (50) years now. I have written eight (8) books on Martial Arts to date.
D.E.: Where can readers find you and your work?
Lee: Readers may find me and my work at:
D.E.: Let's hear some "Shout-Outs". Who are the people you would like to thank?
Lee: I would like to thank my wife Elisabeth Shilo for her Editing of my work and continued support.
I would like to thank all of my Readers for their patronage.
And a special thanks to D. E. Dunlop for this excellent Interview.
Lee E. Shilo
Thanks, again, Lee for spending the time here and all the best for your future.