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.
What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?
Eve Hallows and the Book of Shadows (Book #2 in the Nightmare Series). It's the story of a human girl named Eve who is raised by a family of monsters. In this second book in the series, she must confront an evil creature named The Source, who is trying to destroy not only our world but also the monster world Eve comes from.
Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
I'm currently writing the third book in the Nightmare Series, which will be called Eve Hallows and the Book of Shivers.
What or who inspired you to write? And how long have you been writing?
The person who inspired me most was Stephen King. After reading his novel IT, when I was about eleven, I wanted to be a writer. Until that point, I thought writers were just these dull old people. King was cool, a rock star, and he wrote about things that were personal to me, like he'd managed to tap into my subconscious somehow. I've been writing ever since.
Would you like to giveaway a copy of your book on this blog?
I can offer ebook copies of the first and second books in the Nightmare Series.
Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?
Eve Hallows, the main character in the series, is based on my daughter. I originally wrote the first book in the series as a present for her when she was ten years old.
Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
I like all formats. Ebooks are great for traveling. I like paperbacks for highlighting and making notes, particularly when it's a great book and I'm trying to figure out what makes it tick. When I want to curl up by the fire or get cozy in my bed, I usually grab a hardcover.
Where do you prefer to buy your books?
I'm a shelf browser. I like getting lost in bookstores. Sadly, more and more places are closing down, which means I now have to drive over an hour to get my book fix, but I still prefer it. I do shop online, too, but it's not as enjoyable. To me it's the difference between meeting an author in person or getting a response from her through Twitter--nice, but impersonal.
What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
I'm reading the Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling in hardcover (it's okay) and Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates in ebook (one of my favorites).
Who designed the cover of your book?
Shaun Lindow. He's an amazing artist and great to work with. You can check out more of his work here: http://shaunlindow.com/
EVE HALLOWS AND THE BOOK OF SHRIEKS (BOOK 1)
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!
Praise for Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks:
"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.
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....
Praise for Eve Hallows and 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