Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Book Giveaway and Author Interview: Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks by Robert Gray

Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks
Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks by Robert Gray
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!
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.

The best way to contact the author is through a combination of smoke signals, interpretive dance, and bird calls. But if that method doesn't work, you can always try these far more boring ways:


Thank you Robert for the interview and the giveaway!
--The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or less.
Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks is one part Jungle Book, two parts Nightmare Before Christmas, and a dash of Nancy Drew mystery.

--How did you get the idea for the story?
The idea for the book stemmed from a short story my daughter wrote about a girl who leaves her life in the big city and learns to adapt in a pastoral town.  I took her idea and thought, What if this girl was raised in a world full of monsters and had to learn to adapt in the human world?            
--Which character would you most/least like to have dinner with? 
Well, I eat dinner with Eve Hallows every night—I very much based the main character on my daughter—but I’d have to say I’d probably like to eat dinner with Eve’s grandparents the most.  They can get a bit wild, though.  I wouldn’t enjoy having dinner with any of the zombies in the story.  I’m afraid they’d only like me for my mind. 

--What are some of your favorite books? Do you still have much time to read?
It seems there’s never enough time to read, but I try to do it every evening for at least an hour or two.  I have too many favorite books to list, but my all-time favorite book is Stephen King’s IT.        
--Do you have any other works in progress? Any teasers or release dates?
I just finished drafting Eve’s second story, and it will be available this summer.  After that, there are two more books in the series, and then I plan to finish a YA ghost story I’d started some years ago. 

--If a fairy godmother told you your life could be like a favorite book for 24 hours, which book would you pick and why? 
Alice in Wonderland.  Definitely.  It is one of the most magical worlds in all of literature.  Problem is I’d make a really ugly Alice.  Maybe Robert in Wonderland

--Do you need anything to write (music, coffee, etc)? Are there any songs on your playlist- songs that inspired you or that were playing while you wrote?
I prefer not to listen to music while I’m writing, but coffee is a necessity.

--If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
I don’t want a superpower. It’s just too much pressure.  I’d have to save the world all the time, worry about which supervillain wanted to kill me, change my whole wardrobe to tights and capes.  And I’m horrible at keeping secrets, so my identity would be all over Twitter and Facebook in minutes.

--Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time?
Reading, of course.  I also play a little guitar and enjoy photography.  For the most part, though, I spend my free time with my wife and two children.

--Is there anything else you want to add or say to your readers?
Yes.  I’d like to thank you all for spending a little time with me today.  Hope you had as much fun as I did.
Lightning round: this or that?
Vanilla or chocolate? Chocolate
Edward or Jacob? Edward
Hockey or soccer? Soccer
Ebook or paper? Paper
Salty or sweet? Sweet
Beach or mountains? Beach
Phone call or email? Email
Early bird or night owl? Night owl
Dog or cat? Dog
Messy or neat? Messy
Ninjas or pirates? Pirates

Giveaway info:
-One signed paperback (US only)
-Ends 2/28

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the giveaway and for answering my techy question. You're awesome!!


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