Hillsboro native David McElroy has just published his first novel, "The Good Goblin," this summer, and it's now available on Amazon.
A graduate of Hillsboro High School, McElroy is the son of Ron and Janet McElroy of Hillsboro. He earned his bachelor's degree in history with a minor in English from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 2005.
McElroy is currently a web design leader at Barry-Wehmiller in St. Louis, MO, but his dream is to be a writer. He lives in Lebanon with his wife of ten years, Ashleigh, and their three-year-old daughter, Viola.
The cover of the book was designed by his wife, Ashleigh.
"Ever since I was a child, I loved creating stories," he said. "Either by writing them, drawing them or simply acting them out with my toys, I was constantly creating stories."
"The Good Goblin" is a historical fantasy book about a goblin living in the city of St. Louis in the year 1902. This is the first in a series of short novels that will make up one larger story arc exploring the themes of prejudice, loneliness and acceptance.
"It's also worth noting that none of these characters are what the genre would normally define as 'heroes,'" said McElroy. "None of them are saving the world and, with the exception of a goblin in a human city, none of them are likely to be much noticed. Yet they can still change their own worlds in ways both large and small."
McElroy said it was a chance pick-up at an elementary school book fair that peaked his fascination with goblins.
"I picked up Bruce Coville's 'Goblins in the Castle,' which changed my life, though I didn't really know it then," he said. "My ten-year-old mind was equally enraptured and terrified of the book and the end result was a lifetime of fascination with goblins."
The book is available in paperback and eBook formats at www.Amazon.com and on the website for Barnes and Noble.