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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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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Pregnancy Journal Author Finds Womb "Amazing"

Katherine Cottle's published books include I Remain Yours, My Father's Speech, and Halfway: A Journal through Pregnancy. What does the author of a journal through pregnancy have to say about a novel looking at pregnancy from the inside out?

"It is amazing, what awaits in Eric D. Goodman's latest full-length fiction. Womb, an inventive and eye-opening novel-in-utero, is a cocktail of all human emotion, presented through the impressions and knowledge of the most internally omniscient and instinctual of narrators.  Goodman bravely stakes out uncharted routes in his endearing and enduring account of life, both before and after birth. Fear, love, pain, desire, and longing drive the human minds and voices of this literary crossroads, and their unstoppable drive toward and from each other."

--Katherine Cottle,
author of Halfway: A Journal through Pregnancy

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Evolution of a Cover (Part Two)

 Recently I wrote about my experience working alongside my publisher and designer in selecting the right cover for a novel. 

When Atticus Books hired Jamie Keenan to design the cover for Tracks: A Novel in Stories, I came eye-to-eye with the fact that, despite the adage, people can and do judge books by their covers. A good cover can draw a reader to or away from a book on display. A good cover that conveys the feel of the book is important.

When Merge Publishing hired Leslie Taylor of Buffalo Creative Group to design the cover for Womb: a novel in utero, I was pleased with the results. That said, not all of the results fit. Together, with input from me and my publisher, Leslie designed the perfect cover.

Here’s an early cover concept that, although very creative, just didn’t seem to capture the mood of the book. We were afraid it may look just a little too much like a What to Expect When You’re Expecting sort of book.



Here’s an early version of the cover, closer to the one we ended up with.



Finally, here is the cover that we went with. We all felt that it conveyed just the right look and feel for Womb: a novel in utero. Soft, slightly rounded lettering, a warm, fluid, womb-like feel without going clinical or to literal, and just the right spark of awareness to it.



Yes, you can judge a book by its cover.


Learn more about Leslie Taylor, Creative Buffalo Group, and some of their covers at http://buffalocreativegroup.com/

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