Hillsboro native David McElroy has just published his second novel this spring. "The Unseen Market" is 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 11 years, Ashleigh, and their four-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 Unseen Market" is the second book in the "A Good Goblin" series, which is set in St. Louis, MO, in the early 1900s, and based on the 13th century Latin tale, "The Benevolent Goblin."
This story follows the main character, Ben, as he finds a book that may hold a secret to his abnormality. His only option to find the book is to travel to a mysterious market known for harboring rare and mystical goods. But what he finds is even more startling than he expected.
One Amazon reviewer wrote, "Another wonderful story about the adventures of Ben. 'The Unseen Market,' far from just a rehash of the first book, takes you to new and exciting places as Ben searches for answers. As with the first book, it leaves you wanting more. Great read!"
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. Autographed copies are available at Foundry Cafe and Market in Lebanon.