#WritingWednesday · Author Interview Series

Author Interview Series: Lillie Leonardi

Hi all,

With the Passages & Prose event this Saturday, I’ve decided to interview the leader of the event, Lillie Leonardi.

Enjoy and be sure to come out to Passages & Prose!

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Author Interview 

Author name: Lillie Leonardi

Works: In The Shadow Of A Badge (2013), The White Light of Grace (2016)

Both books published with Hay House

What is your all time favorite book?

It would depend upon the genre.

What is your current favorite book?

Again, it would appear about the genre.

What is the most recent book you’ve read/ are currently reading?

The Power of I Am by Joel Osteen

What genre is your favorite to read?

Historical fiction (Medieval Ireland)

Spiritual (Angels)

Who is your author role-model?

Beatrix Potter

How old were you when you began writing?

I was 16 years old when I wrote my first piece.

How old were you when you wrote your first book?

When I wrote my first book, I was 38 years old.  The book is not yet published.

Is writing your career or something on the side?

I initially wrote to soothe my soul and give voice to my emotions.

Since my retirement from the law enforcement profession, I have been writing full-time.

I also collaborate with fellow authors to make their works known.

Where is your favorite place to write?

My favorite place to write is in my kitchen looking out at a statue of Mother Mary.

What inspires you to write?

My life and circumstances inspire me to write.

Who inspires you to write?

My angelic muses inspire me to write.

Do you base characters off of people in your life?

Since my works are memoirs, I pen based on my life.

Read the book or see the movie first?

Read the book definitely.

Do you like when a movie is slightly different from the book with its own twist, or does it have to be exact?

I enjoy creative twists to the movie.

What are your thoughts on major plot-twists?

Due to my former occupation in law enforcement, creative plot twists are great – as long as they aren’t so far fetched.

How do you read a book (i.e. cover to cover, sometimes finish it, will tear through it in a day, read the last page before starting)?

It depends upon the book content. If it is medieval history, I usually tear through it. If the book is spiritual or angelic in content, I take my time reading and reflecting.

What is a writing goal you have?

To complete my latest book by year end.  

If you could sum up your writing style in a word or phrase what would it be?

My editor at Hay House has informed me I have a dual style of writing. One is straight-forward like a police report and the other is poetic in design.

What is your advice for aspiring writers?

Everyone has at least one story inside to share with either family members or the public. So just write, and dare to dream.

Tell us a little bit about the Passages & Prose event coming up.

Passages & Prose 2016: A Gathering of Authors & Their Books is an annual literary event hosted in collaboration with Cooper-Siegel Community Library in Fox Chapel.

Passages & Prose 2016 will take place Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and feature over 40 local and national authors throughout the day.

The event is open and FREE to the public, and family – friendly.

Registration is suggested at: passagesandprose2016.eventbrite.com


Describe your book, The White Light of Grace, in ten words or less.

The book traces life-altering events, when I invoked angels to intervene.

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After serving for more than 25 years, Lillie Leonardi retired from law enforcement to pursue her lifetime passion for writing.

Her first non-fiction book about her experience as a responder on 9/11 entitled, In the Shadow of a Badge was released in 2013 with Hay House. In February 2016, Lillie released her second book with Hay House titled, The White Light of Grace: Reflections on the Life of a Spiritual Intuitive. She is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and Heal Your Life digital publications.

On 9/11 and in the post days of recovery, Lillie was utilized by the FBI to address law enforcement, government, and social service agency representatives assisting with evidence recovery and preparations for two memorial services at the Flight 93 crash site. She not only served as primary liaison to the United Airlines Humanitarian Response Team—presenting at daily briefings and interacting with surviving family members—but also escorted families to the crash site for the memorial services.

From 1998 to 2010, Lillie was employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Pittsburgh Division as its Community Outreach Specialist. She also worked under the auspice of the United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of Pennsylvania, and served with a prestigious group of instructors. Lillie provided training on various subjects including: community policing, crime prevention, cultural competency, hate crimes, responding to a major incident, threat assessment, and violence reduction.
Prior to her career with the FBI, Lillie worked as the lead law enforcement officer on two college campuses in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1984, she was appointed to serve as the first female police officer with the City of Arnold, Pennsylvania. 

For more info about Lillie or her books, visit: www.lillieleonardi.com



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