I'm Kyle V. Hiller
I write about magic, dreams, the ocean, and friendship love.
And I love my mom.
There aren't many differences between reality and fantasy. It's a matter of what you choose to believe. I've spent much of my life trying to seamlessly blur that line in fiction, thus bringing about my debut novel, The Recital.
It was also me trying to figure out my own relationship with my father, coming to grips with the loneliness of having a gift that I didn't know how to use or share, and trying to find where I belonged since I was--different.
I was born and raised in West Philadelphia. Yeah, that one block that the city bombed back in the 80s? That's my street.
I've been writing since pre-school, and I can prove it: I still have all the booklets I wrote back then.
I wanted to be a DJ when I was in high school. I now have a secret mixtape club. If you're curious, there's the contact page...
I attended Temple University for Filmmaking & English. I've spent most of my twenties dabbling in film, photography, music, and dozens of odd jobs. These experiences inform my writing.
I'm proud of my blackness. I try to be transparent about my battles with anxiety, depression, and oppression. I'm an introvert. I measure my success by how often I can have friends and family over for dinner. I'm a misfit, and I'm still learning to embrace that. I started Casual Misfit Radio with two of my dearest friends who are misfits themselves and we see each other for who we really are.
I'm currently writing my second novel Project Anjou.
If it weren't for reading Octavia Butler (Lillith's Brood) in high school, I don't know that I'd still be a writer. Some of my favorite books include:
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Opus by Satoshi Kon
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Stargirl and Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Siren Suicides by Ksenia Anske
Goodnight PunPun by Inio Asano
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Seconds by Byran Lee O'Malley
Bird by Crystal Chan
I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest
Three Shadows by Cyril Pedrosa
I'm a huge gamer. Video games are what introduced me to story, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is the seed of my insatiable curiosity and thirst for adventure. Some of my favorite video games include NieR: Automata, Mother 3, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, The Last of Us, and Celeste.
My favorite film has been my favorite since I was a kid watching Anime Week on the SyFy Channel: Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Victoria are the only two films that have ever come close to taking that reign. I watch Do the Right Thing every first 90+ degree day of the year, and I watch Kill Bill Vol. 1 on Mother's Day and Kill Bill Vol. 2 on Father's Day. Perks of Being a Wallflower was a better movie than it was a book (don't @ me).