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Author and area native Brian Hershey will be at the Main Library of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County on Saturday at 11 a.m.
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STEUBENVILLE — Just in time for the Halloween season, Steubenville native Brian Hershey will visit the Main Library of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County at 407 S. Fourth St., Steubenville, on Saturday at 11 a.m. to talk about “great books to read around Halloween.”

One of them, he suggests, would be his new book, “Damned to Live,” the sequel to Hershey’s “Forgotten Sin” where werewolves exist beyond the dark pages of myth and legend.

“It has been over two years since Robert and Grayson Osborne had last encountered the elusive, dangerous werewolf also known as Dr. Mya Bishop. There have been no sighting, no reports of any unusual activity, no leads…simply nothing. Despite being ravaged by night terrors and hallucinations of the werewolf, Grayson secretly discovers an odd set of facts that brings Ada fatefully intertwined with a new hunt for truth and vengeance,” reads material from the library promoting Hershey’s visit.

A 1997 graduate of Steubenville High School and the son of Ed and Sue Hershey of Steubenville, Hershey is a professional educator, author and publisher who explained through e-mailed questions how he got interested in writing and that progression to becoming a published author.

“I fell in love with words when I was in college at Ohio State University,” he commented. “Much of my college training revolved around teacher preparation and the state requirements for becoming a teacher. That mentioned, I had to do an extensive amount of classwork under English Language Arts, everything from advanced English Literature from the Romanticism period, early American Literature, British Literature and children’s and adolescent literature, but it was the Gothic period, specifically Edgar Allen Poe, that resonated the most,” he noted.

“There was a strong aesthetic value that came from reading and researching the Gothic Period, much like the first drop on a roller coaster ride.”

But the love of the written word didn’t automatically translate into becoming a writer himself.

Writing was not natural for Hershey, he noted.

“In fact, it proved to be laborious and daunting at times mainly because of my lack of skill. However, what I have found is that the desire to write out-weighs being talented. Skill is acquired over time and with lots of practice. The more I practiced, the better I got. The more I read, the more my style improved and the more manuscripts I was able to complete,” hr explained.

“As a teacher of creative writing, I broke the creative writing process into the five pillars of creative writing — word choice, grammar, description, dialogue and narration,” he continued, noting, “This is a hodgepodge of my master’s in English/creative writing and all of the instructional books from famous authors like Stephen King and Neil Gaiman. I view every book project as inch by inch it’s a cinch…or word by word creates an epic.”

“Forgotten Sin” is the first of three novels that delves deep into the mythos behind the werewolf, according to Hershey.

“The story is set in England during the time of the digital and cell phone revelusions, 2009,” Hershey begins. “Dr. Mya Bishop, an expert on medieval mythology and folklore at the University of Cambridge, is more than she appears to be. Cursed, haunted by guilt and desperate to be free from her terrible past, Dr. Bishop seeks the help of an animal specialist, Marcus Holland, from Australia. In an attempt to uncover the mysteries behind Dr. Bishop’s curse, Marcus upsets the internal balance of emotions and the habits that kept Dr. Bishop’s dark secret hidden from society. Set in the rise of the digital era and no longer able to conceal her true nature from the world, she finds herself facing a new menace that is relentless in pursuing her for one purpose, to kill her,” he wrote.

“This premise originated stylistically from the story ‘The Davinci Code’ by Dan Brown and from ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker,” he continued.

“The concept of the werewolf stemmed from a distaste I had for many modern werewolf stories that depicted the werewolf as something that was subservient to another monster, something that took on a superhero motif, or was glorified in a way that took this classic monster far away from the myths and legends that made it something to be feared, something that NO human wants to be, the true curse of the werewolf,” Hershey noted.

“‘Forgotten Sin’ debuted in October 2021. This was the second edition of this book and was rereleased under Reader2writer Press,” Hershey explained. “‘Damned to Live’ is book No. 2 in the trilogy and the exciting sequel of ‘Forgotten Sin,” he added.

They are not his only works, though.

Hershey is the author of “Life Like,” a Hi Lo book designed for adolescents who find reading to be difficult. “It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words…yet Sapphire and Cierra soon learn that some pictures can become much, much more!”

“I also have a novella for adults titled, ‘Dark Steps.’ Case worker Derrick Mayes is assigned to provide therapy to the only witness of a grisly murder, a catatonic boy named Lucas. Yet, the more involved he becomes, the more he realizes that a dark, sinister force is at work.”

Next up in the authoring arena for Hershey is finishing the trilogy of werewolf novels.

“We are aiming to have book No. 3 out in the fall of 2023.”

Copies of “Damned to Live” can be signed and purchased for $15 the day of the program, which will include a question-and-answer period.

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