Thursday, December 13, 2012

Eve Hallows by Robert Gray: Interview, Excerpts


For fourteen-year-old Eve Hallows, life can be summed up in one word—horrible.  She has the most horrible friends.  She lives in a horrible old castle.  Even her family is a bunch of horrible monsters.

However, in the monster-inhabited world of Gravesville—a world where messages are sent through Ouija boards, jack-o’-lanterns get facials to suit their moods, and the worst thing Eve has to deal with are those annoying zombie tourists who overrun her favorite graveyard during the Halloween season—horrible means wonderful.  And everything for Eve is perfectly horrible.

But her life is about to go head over heels when a mysterious group known as The Source starts terrorizing Gravesville.  Now she must move to the human world—where everything is opposite ... and for Eve, that's absolutely adorable!

"Move over, Neil Gaiman’s CORALINE and THE GRAVEYARD BOOK … make room, Lemony Snicket’s A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS … you’ve got company and competition for shelf space!" -- THE HORROR FICTION REVIEW

"WOW! What an absolutely horrible book (horrible meaning fantastic!) ... This book was laugh out loud funny.  I loved when Mom accidentally turned people to stone.  Dad's crazy attempts at running a pizza store were just hysterical." -- KIDS 'N' BOOKS

"This is the perfect book to be read aloud, read at night under the covers or simply devoured in one sitting. Robert Gray’s Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks simply shines with all of its fun creepiness, compelling characters and stellar writing. A MUST read for any MG fan!" -- WORD SPELUNKING

 "Eve Hallows is highly imaginative without being too complex for its target audience. Fall in love with Eve, her friends and her family of adorable monsters. Lose yourself in a light read that will remind you of those days when your English teacher just want you to read something, anything. This book is it. The one that you wish you read when you were in grade school." -- JOYOUS READS

"Overall, this book was fantastic. It presents an admirable role model as well as a strong family unit which will benefit young readers. When so many books right now have presented teens in a not-so-flattering light, it is so wonderful to find a book like this one." -- BOOK COVER JUSTICE

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The human girls directed Mom and me to a place called Halloween World—yet another small place with a big name … Great.
But when we walked inside, I nearly fainted from excitement. Each rack overflowed with clothes, and all sorts of interesting decor filled the shelves. Most impressive of all were the masks that covered the entire back wall. Some of them even bore an uncanny resemblance to my relatives back home.
A werewolf greeted us with a “Hooowl can I help you today?” At first I thought he was real, but as he came closer, I noticed the rubber fangs and thin beads of glue that held his fur in place. He reminded me of one of my uncles. He glued his fur on, too, though he did it to cover his bald spots.



Ever since encountering The Source and its minions on Halloween, Eve Hallows has found life surprisingly quiet … not to mention adorably boring!  So when Dad receives a Ouija message that she must return to Gravesville, Eve couldn't be happier—at least until she discovers the Director of URNS, also known as the Grim Reaper, has a special job for Eve … one that will lead her to New York City and to the true identity of The Source.

With The Book of Shrieks offering zero help and a new URNS agent driving the school boys—and Eve!—crazy, Eve's beginning to realize this whole saving-the-world nonsense isn't what it's cracked up to be.

All this and she still has to find The Book of Shadows....

"This book was perfectly horrible! Horrible meaning amazingly awesome, of course. Eve's world once again sucked me in and would not let go until this part of Eve's story was finished" -- LILI LOST IN A BOOK

"This is a perfect combination of YA, Horror, Paranormal and Fun!" -- BOOK LOVERS PARADISE


 Some goblin workers were out and about, slanting stones that had become straight or adding some additional weeds in places where the grass was neat and trim. Besides them, there weren't many creatures here, which I found a bit surprising. It was a perfect morning to be in the graveyard, and I figured there'd be more creatures around—at the very least, some brain eaters. Sure, after Halloween, many tourists headed back home and stuck around their local graves, but I couldn't recall ever seeing the place this vacant.

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Welcome Robert! Thanks for taking time out to answer a few questions so we can learn a bit about you. First off, tell us about your current release.
My current release is Eve Hallows and the Book of Shadows (Book #2 in the Nightmare Series). Eve, the main character, is a human girl living with a family of monsters. In the first book, Eve and her family are forced to leave Gravesville (a monster world) and move to the human world because of an evil and unknown creature named The Source, who is determined to destroy both Gravesville and the human world. In this second book, Eve must confront The Source.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
One of the hardest parts of writing this particular series is deciding on what monsters to use in the stories. There's just so many to choose from and so many more I can make up. Those decision make a huge impact on the storyline, and sometimes I have to remove monsters I've fallen in love with because they don't move the story in the direction I need it to go.
What do you think makes a good story?
The two most important aspects of any story are voice and character. You need a compelling voice that readers can trust, and you need characters that readers can relate to and, more importantly, care about.
Plotter or Pantser? Why?
Panster. I usually have a few signpost scenes in my head to keep me on track, but for the most part, I feel if I know where the story is going, then I'm not interested in it any longer. I prefer to be as surprised as the reader.
Tell us about the absolute BEST fan letter you have received.
I've gotten this one several times, but it always makes me smile when I receive an email from a parent saying they read one of my stories to their child and both of them enjoyed it. Being a part of a special moment like that is why I wanted to be a writer in the first place.
Entice us, what future projects are you considering?
I'm currently working on the third book in the Nightmare Series, Eve Hallows and the Book of Shivers. It'll be available Summer 2013.
Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?
I think the best advice I ever received came from my 4th Grade teacher. She told me to keep my eyes on my own paper. As it turned out, that advice comes in handy for a lot of things in life.

Author Robert Gray

Robert Gray is a writer.  If that job description doesn't impress you, how about fantasy writer? Too general? Well, he doesn't get insulted if you call him a horror writer. If horror's not your thing, then scratch out horror and replace it with suspense. And for the kiddies, you can slap on a YA or MG in front of that title.

Gray lives in Bushkill, Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.

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