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Guest Post – Compelling Inspirations (Robert Eggleton)

Hello guys! Today I’m here to share a guest post by author Robert Eggleton, whose novel Rarity from the Hollow  is an adult science fiction novel exploring themes of child abuse and maltreatment; this guest post delves into his inspiration for writing his novel, and what exactly moved him so much that he had to produce Rarity from the Hollow.

Compelling Inspirations

Rarity from the Hollow

(by Robert Eggleton)

What inspires someone to write a novel? It’s very hard work and the odds of what is produced, regardless of quality, are slim. Over a million books are published each year in America alone, book sales have been declining in recent years, there is less than a 1% chance of a book getting on the shelf of a bookstore, and it’s harder and harder to sell books.

If I would have realized then what I now know about the literary marketplace, I may have been too pessimistic to have written Rarity from the Hollow, a double Gold Medal adult science fiction adventure that was picked along with The Martian by Andy Weir and Revival by Stephen King as one of the five best books of 2015.

There’s an old saying: “Ignorance is Bliss.”  While I dismiss this value, as a citizen of the world who is especially interested in the politics that influence the prevention of child maltreatment, I am grateful that I was ignorant about the book industry when I wrote Rarity from the Hollow.

I’m a retired children’s psychotherapist. As a novice in the literary marketplace, my first compelling inspiration to write a novel was a skinny little girl who was in a group therapy session that I facilitated in 2006. Instead of disclosing the details of her abuse, she spoke of her hopes and dreams for the future. It inspired me to pursue my own from childhood – to become an author of a widely acclaimed story.

I’ve invested over forty years in the field of child advocacy. During the period, I have headed numerous fund-raising activities. One thing that I knew before I wrote Rarity from the Hollow and that especially appears true today is that politics plays a big role in the welfare of needful kids. Some politicians lend a deaf ear while others seem better educated, at least about the impact of child maltreatment.

I remain hopeful about the ongoing success of Rarity from the Hollow and its mission of sensitizing readers to the huge social problem of child maltreatment through a comical and satiric science fiction adventure.

About the author:

Robert Eggleton has served as a children’s advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. He is best known for his investigative reports about children’s programs, most of which were published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from 1982 through 1997. 

Today, he is a recently retired children’s psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome physical and sexual abuse, and other mental health concerns. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel.

Robert continues to write fiction with new adventures based on a protagonist that is a composite character of children that he met when delivering group therapy services. The overall theme of his stories remains victimization to empowerment.

Blurb of the Book :


Lacy Dawn’s father relives the Gulf War, her mother’s teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in the hollow is hard. She has one advantage — an android was inserted into her life and is working with her to cure her parents. But, he wants something in exchange. It’s up to her to save the Universe. Lacy Dawn doesn’t mind saving the universe, but her family and friends come first.

Purchase Link : Amazon

(Half of author proceeds from Rarity from the Hollow are donated to the prevention of child maltreatment. )



3 thoughts on “Guest Post – Compelling Inspirations (Robert Eggleton)

  1. Hi Anushka,
    Happy Holidays! I hope that you’re doing okay. After Christmas, the publisher is going to make the next deposit of author proceeds from the Rarity from the Hollow project into the nonprofit agency’s account for the prevention of child maltreatment. Millions of American children will spend this holiday in temporary shelters. A lot more world-wide are likely to spend their respective “holidays” in worse conditions. Having once been the director of emergency children’s shelters in West Virginia, it is still heartbreaking to think about children not having a “real” family during Christmas. I remember the faces, the smiles and thank yous for the presents from staff, but….
    I also wanted you to know that the novel received a very cool review by Amazing Stories Magazine. This is my tweet: “Amusing at times, shocking at others, a touching and somehow wonderful SFF read.” Full review by Amazing Stories Magazine: On Sale for Christmas: Proceeds help maltreated children:
    Thanks again for publishing the guest post. I just shared the link to it again on social media.
    Take care,
    P.S. Just FYI, here’s the link to a review that nailed the political parody in my story, connected the tragedy with the comedy, and its overall child welfare interests within this climate of adversity in America. I thought that you might appreciate reading this review.

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