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.Praise for Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks:
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
EVE HALLOWS AND THE BOOK OF SHADOWS (BOOK 2)
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.Praise for Eve Hallows and the Book of Shadows:
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
When naming your characters, do you give any thought to the actual meaning?
Sometimes. For instance, Eve Hallows, the main character in the series, is a reversal of Hallows Eve ... real shocker there, I know. What you might not know, though, is Hallows (as it relates to Halloween) means saint, which I thought also appropriate for the hero.
How do you get started with writing a story (as in, how do you start developing the story, how do you get inspired for it)?
I usually develop my characters first, and then let them run around for a few months as I try to figure out the story they're trying to tell. Eventually, I can dig out the story and throw the rest of the husk away.
What advice would you give to people who "run out of creativity" when writing?
Step away from your WIP for a little while. Go for a walk. Find something beautiful and take a picture of it. Read a book unrelated to what you're writing. Most of the time, you just need a quick recharge.
What book are you reading now?
I'm rereading two of my favorites: GHOST STORY by Peter Straub and ZOMBIE by Joyce Carol Oates. I haven't touched them in a while, and both have held up well over the years.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Gillian Flynn is fantastic. GONE GIRL was one of my favorite books of the year, and DARK PLACES is also amazing. Joe Hill is every bit as good as his father. HORNS is great, and so is HEART-SHAPED BOX. I'd also add Erin Morgenstern to that list. THE NIGHT CIRCUS is a must read; very Bradbury-esque.
What are your current projects?
I'm currently working on the third book in the Nightmare Series called EVE HALLOWS AND THE BOOK OF SHIVERS. It should be available by summer 2013.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Yes, I would've put J.K. Rowling's name on the cover instead of mine ... though that might lead to a bit of legal troubles, I suppose.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Oddly enough, I loved the sound of a typewriter when I was a kid. I can vividly remember mornings at my kitchen table watching my mother type. I would just sit there and listen. Funny thing is I still can't type as fast as her, even with these newfangled keyboards. I also have to give credit to Stephen King's IT, which I read when I was a little older. That book spoke to me in a way no other book ever had before.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I have a tendency to use a lot of crutch words. My characters can often be found turning in circles, and they always seem to be smiling for no good reason. Going back and finding all these little buggers can be tedious. I also have some strange love affair with the word "just."
Do you have any advice for other writers?
90% of writing is about developing your narrative voice. Once you've done that, the rest is easy.
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.
Blog Tour: December 10th to 23rd
Eve Hallows Blog Tour Schedule
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer - Tour Kick Off
Multiple Blogs - Book Blast
Pandora Poikilos - Peace from Pieces - Interview
Fade Into Fantasy - Tens List
icefairy's Treasure Chest - Excerpt
From the Bootheel Cotton Patch - Review
Book Flame - Guest Post
Laurie's Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews - Interview & Excerpt
Parsimonious Posh - Guest Post & Review
Word Spelunking - Tens List
~Oh, The Books You'll Read - Review
Bookworm in Love - Tens List
Geo Librarian - Review
Cuzinlogic - Guest Post or Interview
Books Beside My Bed - Review
Scribbler's Sojourn - Guest Post
Fantasy Book Addict - Interview
Hazel the Witch - Tens List & Excerpt
Bibliophilia, Please - Guest Post
Bookworm Lisa - Excerpt
An Avid Reader's Musings - Excerpt
Imagine! Create! Write! - Interview or Guest Post
Readaholic's Reviews - Guest Post & Review
A Soul Unsung - Guest Post
The Romance Bookie - Except
Mommy and We - Review & Guest Post
Mochas, Mysteries & More - Review
Musings of a Writer (Val Muller) - Review
Lisa Miller ~ Moon Shine Art Spot - Review & Guest Post
Lizzy's Dark Fiction - Guest Post & Review
Monique Morgan - Review & Guest Post
FireStarBooks - Review & Interview
JeanBookNerd - Excerpt
BookSpark - Review & Tens List
Reader Girls - Excerpt
Mk McClintock Blog - Tens List
Stephanie Keyes, Author - Guest Post
Fictitious Musings - Guest Post
Cici's Theories - Guest Post & Review
A Dream Within A Dream - Excerpt
Earth's Book Nook - Tens List
Books & Other Creative Adventures - Review
Must Read Faster - Review
Reading with ABC - Review & Guest Post
Bibliophile Mystery - Excerpt
Short and Sweet Reviews - Guest Post
Lili Lost in a Book - Guest Post
The Solitary Bookworm - Guest Post & Review
The Bunny's Review - Interview
Promiscuous Diva - Guest Post
Books, Books the Magical Fruit - Interview & Excerpt
Turner's Antics - Review
Mom With A Kindle - Guest Post
Lovely Reads - Tens List
The Book Mark Blog - Review
Vanessa Morgan - Guest Post
Me, My Shelf and I - Tens List
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