Interview with Lee Mitchell, Author of The Divine Darkness

30 Nov 2023

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write The Divine Darkness?

I drew inspiration from the growing divide and the demonization/deification we see so often now, particularly in politics, but also on personal fronts. I asked myself, “What would it look like if people really became those monsters?”

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of The Divine Darkness, what would they be?

Randy’s song would probably be Madonna’s “I’m a Sinner”; Alisha’s would be Pink Floyd’s “Us and Them.”

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

Psychological horror would definitely fit both of those categories.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson; Where All is Night, and Starless by John Linwood Grant, and Changing Everything by Jaime Johnesee are next on my list.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

It would have to be one of the scenes featuring vampire Kristen. She was great comic relief and served well to break up all of the dark and heavy horror.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

I used to need music to write. Now, I usually prefer silence.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

This is probably going to sound corny, especially coming from a horror writer, but my philosophy is love everyone and everything, even if I don’t agree with them. I want to be a peaceful presence, even to the spider living in the corner of my living room. Life is awesome and precious.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

I hope the question of who the demons REALLY are sticks with them most.


Lee Mitchell is the author of the new book The Divine Darkness

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