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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Getting Ahead in Contrapuntos

Digitus Indie Publishing is publishing my short story, “Getting Ahead” in their latest print anthology, Contrapuntos IV.

Contrapuntos translates to counterpoint. Based in the Arizona-Nevada region, Digitus’s Contrapuntos publishes works of fiction and nonfiction in both English and Spanish.

“Getting Ahead” is about a relocating artist who, during her trip, finds a way to get ahead.

As the anthology’s editor, Jennifer Byron, writes: “What starts as a mundane cross-country road trip that a young couple takes in Eric Goodman’s “Getting Ahead” leads to an abrupt and rather humorous finale. The dialogue between the two protagonists and description of pit stops along the way distracts the reader from the unexpected twist that occurs at the end of the tale. Upon its conclusion, the short story invites the reader to consider the composition of its protagonists’ psyche to better understand the actions that unfolded in the narrative.”

Learn more about Digitus, and how you can order your print copy of Contrapuntos IV, at their website.



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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Womb Interview with Deborah Kalb

Deborah Kalb knows books and writers—and she features both regularly on her blog, Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb

I met Deborah and her father, journalist Marvin Kalb, when I was promoting Tracks: A Novel in Stories at the Gaithersburg Book Festival and they were promoting their book, Haunting Legacy, at the same event. Shortly after, she interviewed me about Tracks

More recently, Deborah interviewed me about my newest book, Womb: a novel in utero.

We talk about the unusual premise, what inspired it, and what research I did to hold it together. We discuss Ian McEwan’s latest work and my upcoming projects.

Read the interview now at Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb:



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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Ron Tanner: There is Real Suspense in this Brave Book

Author Ron Tanner (Kiss me Stranger, A Bed of Nails, From Animal House to Our House) recently read Womb: a novel in utero. His thoughts?

"You may gape in disbelief as you realize that the narrator of Eric D. Goodman’s novel, Womb, is a fetus, talking to us from his mother’s womb. But the proto-boy has a lot to say. And, determined to save—somehow—his parents’ marriage, he has a lot to accomplish. There is real suspense in this brave book and more than one surprise. So, suspend your disbelief and let the lad talk." 

-- Ron Tanner, author of Missile Paradise

Learn more about Ron, and his latest book, Missile Paradise, at his blog for readers and writers: www.RonTanner.com.

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Monday, June 05, 2017

Preparing for Poland

Our trip to United Arab Emirates in April was a lot of fun—and became the subject of a series of travel stories that will be ready for prime time soon. But the hunger to travel and explore the world has not been subdued. 

We’re currently making preparations for the next travel adventure: Poland.

We’ve been to Germany to the west, Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south, and Scandinavia and the Baltics to the north—but this will be our first trip to Poland at the center of it all. We’re looking forward to it.

Our flat in Warsaw is right on Old Town Market Square, dating back to the 13th century. The squares, castles, palaces, museums, and historic sights look amazing.

Krakow has its share of museums, palaces and squares, although we’ll also be exploring the history, like Auschwitz-Birkenau and the Wieliczka Salt Mine.

We’ll also be visiting the western city of Wroclaw and the coastal city of Gdansk on the Baltic Sea.

There’s so much to do and see in Poland, its hart to decide!

Here are some of our options as we plan:


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Thursday, June 01, 2017

Ramadan Mubarak!







For all my friends who observe the holy month of fasting and sacrifice, I’d like to say Ramadan Mubarak. And what better time than during Ramadan to share my experience from this past spring at one of the most impressive mosques of the world: the Sheikh Zayad Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.


The largest mosque in the country and one of the largest mosques in the world, it features seven amazing crystal chandeliers, one of which is the largest in any mosque and one of the largest in the world. It also features the world’s largest hand-woven Persian rug. With marble and granite, inlayed semi-precious stone, and beautiful domes and minarets, it was one of the highlights of our trip to the UAE. 

Take a look at these photos and videos and you’ll see why!



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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Remembering Thurber, Vesta, and the Story Behind the Story

Redux is an online literary journal devoted to given second life to stories that have been previously published in print journals. When I was asked late last year to submit, the first story that came to mind was “Out for a Walk.”

I was not a dog-owner when I wrote “Out for a Walk” ten years ago, and hadn’t been for nearly ten years, although I’d grown up with family dogs throughout my childhood and knew what it felt like to lose a dog. A friend of mine had recently told me about her difficult experience: her dog had bitten someone and she had to have the dog euthanized. Her experience inspired me to write this story, because it was an interesting situation, and it conjured up that sense of loss—a reminder of how strong the bond between a person and a pet can be.

“Out for a Walk” was one of those rare experiences for me in which the first draft felt good enough to submit—and was accepted by The Baltimore Review when they were still a print journal. In fact, it was my first short story published in a non-academic print journal. The raw emotion I felt while writing the story may be why it was so well received, and so quickly accepted.

It’s mere coincidence (with perhaps a bit of the subconscious mind at work) that when my wife, two children, and I went to the SPCA rescue shelter to adopt a dog, we were immediately drawn to Vesta, a black lab-vizsla mix, much like Thurber, the dog in my story with a “brown-black coat” and “chocolate eyes.” It wasn’t until my recent reading of “Out for a Walk” that I realized this connection.

When I pondered which previously published story I should submit to Redux, “Out for a Walk” immediately came to mind.

Then, another coincidence came this week when, for medical reasons, we had to make the difficult choice to put Vesta to sleep.

Life and death both imitate art.

This Memorial Day, I’d like to share “Out for a Walk” and the story behind the story, as published earlier this year in Redux.




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Friday, May 26, 2017

Womb Featured at Book Expo 2017 in New York

The annual North American Book Expo is the biggest book convention this side of the globe. My first book, Flightless Goose, was featured at Book Expo nearly 10  years ago, and Nataliya (my wife and the book's illustrator) and I even signed about 100 copies for people waiting in line in the autographing area—we actually ran out and had to turn people away.

Womb: a novel in utero is being featured at Book Expo 2017, located at the Javits Center in New York City. Womb will be on display along with other titles from Merge Publishing as part of the Independent Book Publishers’ area, located at booths 2839 and 2938.

Headliners featured at Book Expo 2017 include Stephen King, Clair Messud, Neil Patrick Harris, Lemony Snicket, Scott Kelly, and Scott Turow.

If you happen to be at Book Expo 2017, be sure to stop by booths 2839 and 2938 to snap and share a photo or two of Womb: a novel in utero!


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Podcast for Enoch Pratt’s Writers LIVE: Eric D. Goodman, Womb: a novel in utero

The Enoch Pratt Free Library in downtown Baltimore hosted the launch of my new book, Womb: a novel in utero, in March as part of their popular Writers LIVE series. 

Gregg Wilhelm, founder of the CityLit Project, introduced me (and Judy Cooper, head of the Enoch Pratt, introduced him). 

Then I got up and spoke, read a few excerpts from Womb, and took questions and answers.

The library has released a podcast of the event, which you can find at their website. You can stream it from their website or download it as an mp3.

Enjoy the podcast now at the Enoch Pratt’s website.


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Friday, May 19, 2017

Gregg Wilhelm on Womb: Complete with its anxiety, joy

I met Gregg Wilhelm at the Baltimore Book Festival about a decade ago, when he was just starting what would become a cornerstone of the regional literary arts scene: CityLit Project. 

CityLit Project programs acclimated me to the local literary scene, coached me as I sought to better my writing and get it published, and later featured me and my fellow writers at such venues as the Baltimore Book Festival and CityLit Festival. So, to borrow his words, it was with a bit of “anxiety” and “joy” that I received his thoughts on my latest novel, Womb.

“The precocious prenatal narrator of Eric D. Goodman's novel, Womb, examines one of humanity's most common experiences — the nine-month drama of expecting parents—complete with its anxiety, joy, and adjustments. When a secret threatens to tear apart Jack and Penny, the arrival of this imaginative novel's in utero sage might be the ultimate solution.”

-- Gregg Wilhelm
Founder Emeritus, CityLit Project


Learn more about Gregg at www.greggwilhelm.com.

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