Episode No. 23 Author Interview
James H. Lilley
May 28, 2008
Notes: A conversation with retired police officer and award winning author James H. Lilley.
James H. Lilley was selected as the 2008 Police-Writers.com Author of the Year.
The author of the year selection was based in part on writing ability and in part on career and community service.
James H. Lilley began his lifetime of public service as a United States Marine,
in 1961. Shortly after his discharge, he joined the Howard County Police Department (Maryland), graduating
first in his class. During his career his received numerous honors such as Medal of Valor, four Bronze
Stars, four Unit Citations and the Governor’s Citation. James H. Lilley has published six novels,
articles in Police Chief Magazine and authored an International Association of Chiefs of Police training key.
Moreover, he began studying Martial Arts in the early 1960s and is a 8th Degree Black Belt in Shorin Ryu Karate; the
first American to achieve this recognition and honor from Sensei Takeshi Miyagi.
James H. Lilley submitted, for the 2008 Police-Writers.com Author of the Year,
as an example of his work, The Eyes of the Hunter (PublishAmerica 1997). One of the Police-Writers.com
judges said of James’ writing, “He is a mature writer with strong plot, character and story development.”
Another judge said, “easy to read, and it was very good escapism. The writer has some absolutely beautiful passages
wherein he describes a sound or a vista. The sex scenes are pretty hot, too.”
James H. Lilley’s
current project is a true crime book and he has entered two of his books in the upcoming Hollywood Book Festival.