Monday, March 10, 2014

Blog Ring of Power Presents: Robert Gray

Today, Robert is here to tell us a bit about himself and his latest book, Evie Hallow and the Book of Shivers, the third book in his Evie Hallows series. Feel free to leave a comment or ask Robert a question below. When you're done here, pop on over to the other BRoP sites to read the rest of the interview.
Part 1 @ Terri
Part 2 @ T.W.
Part 3 @ Emily
Part 4 @ Sandra
Part 5 @ Vicki

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.

Section #3: The Creative Process

  1. Where do you get your story ideas?
RG: I write until the idea finds its way to the page.

  1. How do you deal with writer’s block?
RG: I try attacking my WIP from a different angle.  Sometimes it means writing a few extra thousand words that don't make it to the second draft, but it almost always helps me get back on track.

  1. How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?
RG: I develop characters that I would enjoy spending time with, and then I let those characters drive the plot.  The only formula I use is Problem = Solution + Bigger Problem.

  1. Are you a “plotter” or a “pantser” (do you plan/outline the story ahead of time or write “by the seat of your pants”)?
RG: I’m a panster, though I like to toss down a few signpost scenes here and there to keep me somewhat on track. 

  1. Do you use critique partners or beta readers? Why or why not?
RG: I used a critique group early on, not so much anymore.  Beta readers, though, are essential for me.  I usually have at least two people read my book before I send it off into the wild.

So far, Eve's summer vacation has been uneventful, but when her grandparents—traveling all the way from the monster world known as Gravesville—appear at her doorstep, she learns that the URNS Director has gone missing. Worse, a new director, bent on destroying humans, has taken over URNS. Eve and her family are no longer safe in the human world, and as they race to escape this new threat, Eve stumbles into a trap, which forces her back to Gravesville along with her family and friends. But once there, everything goes adorably wrong, and her best chance to get out of this mess is to seek out The Book of Shivers and the elusive author Sedrick Creach—the only creature who knows the secrets of the Nightmare Books. Unfortunately for Eve, searching for Sedrick and the next book in the series will reveal uncomfortable details about her own murky past. Once again, Eve and her friends find themselves on an incredible adventure—one that involves underground battles with bloodthirsty creatures, a lightning-fueled train, and some unexpected new allies. Hilarious and bone-chilling, this third book continues the story of an unlikely hero trying to save not one, but two worlds … This time around, though, Eve's not sure she can even save herself.

Is your book in print, ebook or both?  Both, though the ebook is currently only available at Amazon.

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