3 Good Questions w/ Rob Blackwell - A SOUL TO STEAL

We warned you... the Thrillers keep coming!

You Are What You Fear 

A serial killer on the loose, two reporters in his sights, and a legendary ghost haunting the town...

Something is stalking the citizens of Loudoun County, Va. 

Is it the return of the notorious serial killer known as Lord Halloween? Or is it something worse--a figure that can cloak itself as your worst nightmare?

Kate and Quinn, two community journalists, rush to uncover the truth before a promised bloodbath on Halloween night. 

The debut novel from award-winning journalist Rob Blackwell, A Soul to Steal balances mystery, suspense, romance, action and the paranormal, building to a gripping and unforgettable conclusion.
Fans of Stephen King, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Stephenie Meyer and Jim Butcher will find A Soul to Steal an addictive page-turner. 

A Soul to Steal is the first book in an amazing new trilogy, The Sanheim Chronicles. 

See What Critics Are Saying: 

"You have the paranormal, murder, mystery/thriller, suspense and a little romance all rolled into one great read...Everything comes together incredibly well at the end. The ending of this book was amazing. I highly recommend this book." 
--Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Book Lovers [Book Blog]

"This is one of those novels that manages to blend many different genres into a satisfying read. This is predominately a supernatural thriller, but Blackwell also manages to have a romantic narrative in the story as well which doesn't feel forced or false." 
-- Ginger Nuts of Horror [Book Blog]

"I did not want to put this book down." 
--Bee's Knees Reviews [Book Blog]

"This story is so much more than a who-done-it type book. There are some other paranormal things going on here and no one is sure how, or if, they are related to Lord Halloween. The story is carefully unfolded, bringing some good old fashioned page-turning suspense."
--Alaskan Bookie [Book Blog]

"It was also interesting to explore how debilitating fear can be and how people react to it with fight or flight, how fear freezes you to the spot when you know you have to hurry and get away from the killer. I'm vague on purpose, peeps. I don't want to give you any spoilers. I just want you to read this book. It's really, really good."
--Nocturnal Book Reviews [Book Blog]

"The twists and turns within the novel keep you guessing till the very end. There came a point in my reading that I just wanted to be left alone to be able to read and find out the ending. My husband would try to have a conversation and I would hush him. I just love these types of books!"
-- The Heart of the Dragon's Den [Book Blog]

"The story is multi-layered, using Halloween legends mixed with a good old twisted psychopathic thriller... I am thrilled that this appears to be the first in a trilogy about Kate and Quinn, I can't wait to see what happens to them next."
-- Stacy, A Texas Reader [Book Blog]

3 Good Questions with Rob Blackwell

NFE:  What books have kept you up all night reading?

Rob Blackwell:  I can get addicted to a book fairly easily. The last one I felt I absolutely could not put down was Stephen King’s 11/22/63. That book was amazing. Like every other person who ever wrote a horror novel, I am in awe of King and have read all of his books. 11/22/63 was a masterpiece—a great story, likeable characters, and a satisfying ending.  I’m also a sucker for good, long fantasy books. I burned through George R.R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” series very quickly – and those are huge books. Similarly, I loved Patrick Rothfuss’ “The Name of the Wind.” There’s something about picking up a book and knowing you can live in that world for a long time before it runs out that’s very appealing to me.

NFE: Would “A SOUL TO STEAL” keep you up all night if you hadn’t written it?

Rob Blackwell: Yes, definitely. The funny thing is that enough time has passed since I wrote it that I have re-read the book years later and found myself frantically turning pages like everyone else. I know what happens, of course, but it’s easy to get caught up.
What I like best about it is the mix of genres. This can be a blessing and a curse. As a reader, I absolutely love it. As an author, it makes the book harder to market. Some people really like particular genres and don’t want them mixed with others. But I’m not that kind of reader myself so it’s hard to be that kind of author. I wrote the book as a supernatural thriller, but it also became a murder mystery and included elements of romance, action adventure and urban fantasy. Fortunately, there are a lot of readers out there who like all those things too.

NFE: How about some links so we can find out more about you?

Rob Blackwell:  I can be found on two websites: http://blackwellauthor.blogspot.com and www.facebook.com/asoultosteal. I’m also on Twitter at @hobbinb. I’d love to see you there. I have a sequel coming out this fall, so I’m planning to run contests and do other fun stuff to get the word out.  

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