Author Robert Herold’s interest in writing goes back to middle school. He loves making readers tremble. Here’s why.
What do you write? What’s the fun part of writing and why? Why did you write this particular book you’re talking about today?
I write supernatural horror (the spooky stuff!), so we’re going for the chills here! It’s fun to be scared in a safe way. Overcoming our fears is why we enjoy roller coasters, plus scary movies & books. Perhaps most important, it gives you a good excuse to cuddle up next to that special someone next to you!
Moonlight Becomes You is my latest book, it’s the second Eidola Project novel, but can stand alone. I wrote it to not only trace the further paranormal adventures of this group but to trace how they handle adversity. Also, as the book is set in 1885 it’s a wonderful way to reflect on issues of the modern day through a distant mirror.
What’s the most difficult part of writing and why?
Bringing a book to fruition is hard work, but it is also incredibly rewarding. (Sorta like parenting!) Getting my books noticed and read is also a Herculean task, but hearing back from readers who’ve enjoyed my work is also tremendously rewarding.
How do you get to know your readers?
I get to know my readers through emails (firstname.lastname@example.org), other social media, and reviews. So far, people seem to be enjoying my work!
Why should we read this book or series and what makes your book unique?
The award-winning Eidola Project series (so far, comprised of The Eidola Project and Moonlight Becomes You) explores new and classic horror motifs as the group travels around America and later the world. It also shows them confronting the real monsters of the day — racism, sexism, substance abuse and bigotry (things we still struggle with today). The books are set in the late 19th Century and are researched in depth to provide verisimilitude for the supernatural events.
What inspired you to write?
My interest in writing goes back to a junior high English teacher who loved my work and let me read my latest stories and poems to the class. (You educators out there, know that you can and do make a difference!!)
As a young adult, I got several plays published for the school-aged market, and got some interest in my novels and short stories, but frankly I wasn’t ready for the hard work and discipline that must accompany the creative aspects of writing. Also, to continue being frank, I lacked the self-confidence and resolve to face repeated rejection as a beginning writer.
Later, I picked up writing again and started writing pilot scripts. These did well in several contests, but went no further. A writing guru/mentor suggested I try writing a novel as a way of breaking-in, and my first Eidola Project novel was born. Turns out, I really love writing novels, and I’m going to be making that my focus from now on.
Do you see yourself in your characters?
God help me, yes! Sarah is empathetic, Annabelle is passionate beneath a logical exterior and wants recognition for her accomplishments, Edgar is hard-working, and fascinated with science and the world, Nigel is often inappropriate, and Professor James is brilliant in many ways but sometimes pompous.
We’d like to know more about your book. Is it part of a series?
Moonlight Becomes You is the second Eidola Project novel and it can be read on its own. A team of 19th Century paranormal researchers become ensnared in a series of deadly investigations of the supernatural.
Excerpt from Moonlight Becomes You
Doc Curtis fought for every reserve of strength and managed to quicken his pace. He could hear them shouting behind him and dared not look back, fearing it might slow him just that much more.
He made it through the field and emerged onto a rough access road running between the cultivated land on one side and the woods on the other. The doctor dashed across the dirt road and through the weeds and scrub bordering its opposite side. The trees stood
twenty yards ahead. He would make it, find a thick trunk to hide behind, and fire a warning shot. If he could drive them off, it would be best. If not, he would do what needed to be done. Life had reduced itself to its most basic terms: kill or be killed.
Just five yards from the trees, a gigantic black beast bounded from the woods and landed before him. The doctor skittered to a stop, and his feet went out
from beneath him. The creature stepped closer, looming. Its eyes glowed red, and the skin around its muzzle drew back, revealing a mouthful of sharp canine teeth.
The Klan had come at him in two directions, the doctor realized.
He raised his pistol and fired into the snarling face above him.
The supernatural has always had the allure of forbidden fruit, ever since my mother refused to allow me, as a boy, to watch creature features on late night TV. She caved-in. (Well, not literally!)
As a child, fresh snow provided me the opportunity to walk out onto neighbor’s lawns halfway and make paw prints with my fingers as far as I could stretch. I would retrace the paw and boot prints, then fetch the neighbor kids and point out that someone turned into a werewolf on their front lawn! (They were skeptical.)
I have pursued many interests over the years, but the supernatural always called to me. You could say that I was haunted. Finally, following the siren’s call, I wrote The Eidola Project, based on a germ of an idea I had as a teenager.
Ultimately, I hope my books give you the creeps, and I mean that in the best way possible!
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