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Interview with Eric Goodman

Interview with Eric Goodman

Your favorite thing about Maryland.

EDG: My favorite thing about Maryland, and Baltimore in particular, is how diverse it is, both gritty and polished at the same time. Baltimore has a lot of character—that’s why I’ve set a good amount of my writing in specific locations in Baltimore.

what is a tip from your piece in Write and Publish your book?

EDG: Wow, you’ve reached way back! Sid interviewed me for Write and Publish Your Book back in 2006, resulting in the article “Eric D. Goodman on Getting Published.” I think one good piece of advice I gave, that works for me, is to distance yourself from your writing before trying to edit it. Once I’ve written a fresh draft, I usually try to put it aside and not look at it for at least a few months.  There are always other writing projects I can work on — the ones that have already simmered on the back burner for a few months.  That way, when I return to something I’ve written, I see it differently, without the attachment I might have if I were to start editing a few days later.

What is Tracks about?

EDG: Tracks is a novel in stories set on a train traveling from Baltimore to Chicago. Each chapter in the book is a stand-alone story about one of the passengers on the train, but they all link together. A side character in one story becomes the main character in another, and some characters find their own stories extended or altered in the stories of others. It’s all about how people can touch one another—even strangers on a train.

 

 

What’s your favorite thing about the writing process?

EDG: My favorite thing is probably having a polished draft ready to submit to my agent. It’s a wonder feeling. But the most exciting part of the process is probably starting a new first draft – when inspiration flows and you’re excited about what is to come.

Three facts about you?

EDG: I have considered myself a writer since the third grade.

I have a wife, two kids, and a dog.

I love to travel.

 

Do you believe in UFOs?

EDG: The verdict is out. I don’t believe in them, but don’t refute them.

What was your favorite cartoon growing up?

EDG: Charlie Brown specials.

Would you rather have fame or fortune?

EDG: I suppose fame. I don’t want to be Hollywood celeb famous with people recognizing me everywhere. But an occasional “aren’t you the writer” is nice.

Pick one book that is your all time favorite?

EDG: Just about anything by John Steinbeck, but especially Of Mice and Men.

Embarrassing guilty pleasure?

EDG: Watching movies.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

EDG: I’m a practiced extrovert, but a natural introvert.

Favorites:

 

Muppet – Kermit the Frog

Cartoon growing up-Charlie Brown

Color-Green

Type of Monster-Dracula

 

Do you speed when you drive? Without Reservation.

 

Guilty Pleasure? Movies

 

Your thoughts on Self Publishing.

EDG: That’s a loaded question since I have not self-published; my children’s book was published by Writer’s Lair Books and my novel, Tracks, was published by Atticus Books. Personally, I always wanted to hold out for a traditional publisher or indie press because I wanted the validation from the publisher. From a financial point of view, I think self-publishing makes sense as long as you plan to hire a professional editor and proofreader and do a lot of marketing of the book yourself. Ten years ago I would have said “no way” to self-publishing. Today, it seems to be a legitimate way to go. The challenge, I believe, would be to get reviewed by professional book reviewers. But that’s hard for anyone.

 

Your thoughts on Zombies.

EDG: I think we need to destroy them all before they take over.

Do you believe in the Loch Ness Monster?

EDG: No. I used to. As a child I had books about the Loch Ness and remember stories from a friend’s father who claimed to have seen it. But I find it hard to believe … except for in fiction.

Are you a tweeter, a re-tweeter, or you couldn’t care less about Twitter?

EDG: I prefer Facebook (www.Facebook.com/edgewriter) to Twitter (www.twitter.com/edgewrite), but that could change in as little as 140 characters.

Would you rather sit on a porch with sweet tea {insert other beverage

if tea isn’t your thing} or go hiking with a bottle of water and a

smile?

EDG: Can I split the time and do both?

 

Your favorite type of music

EDG: I love so many different kinds of music that it would be hard to say. But I tend to always come back to The Beatles, Paul Simon, Neil Young, George Harrison, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Dylan … stop me.

Your favorite color of Skittle

EDG: Lime green.

Your favorite memory

Your favorite quote

Your favorite way to spend an evening

EDG: if with my family, having dinner and watching a movie together; if alone, reading a good book in a comfortable chair with a wine or scotch or brandy at hand.

 

Tell us what you are working on now!

EDG: Tracks has already been out more than a year, but I’m still marketing it and doing readings, signings, events. And my second book, Womb, is currently with my agent. Womb is narrated from the point of view of a child who hasn’t been born yet; sort of the opposite of the narrator in The Lovely Bones who is dead in the first chapter. So I’m actively working on my next novel, Setting the Family Free. It is about an Ohio owner of exotic animals who unleashes his animals (lions, tigers, bears) on the city. It’s told from different perspectives. I’m excited about it, but it’s still a rough draft.

Anything you would like to say to the aspiring authors reading this blog?

EDG: The best advice I have for aspiring authors would be to spend more time reading than writing because that will make your writing better. Read as much as you can. Then, when it comes to writing, always put aside your draft and plan to do a rewrite a few months (or years) later. That’s the way to improve your writing. Believe me, as good as you may think your first draft is, it’ll always be better in draft two.

 

Website: www.EricDGoodman.com or www.TracksNovel.com

Lit Blog: www.Writeful.blogspot.com

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/edgewriter

Twitter www.twitter.com/edgewrite

Tracks from the publisher: http://atticusbooksonline.com/books/2011-releases/tracks/

Tracks from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tracks-Novel-Stories-Eric-Goodman/dp/0984510575/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350502740&sr=8-1&keywords=tracks+novel+stories

 


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Tracks radio readings on Baltimore’s NPR station: http://www.tracksnovel.com/radio.html

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