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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Cruising the Rhine River

I've just finished writing a series of travel stories about our adventures in Portugal back in April, and the first submissions have been made with one of them already accepted (coming soon).

Now it's time to collect some new experiences. So we're off for a cruise along the Rhine River! Our voyage begins in Basal, Switzerland. We'll be stopping in about 9 places along the way in Switzerland, Germany, France, and the Netherlands.

Consider this week's travel pictures teasers for more travel stories to come!

Where would you go if you could cruise along any river in the world?

 



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Sunday, June 19, 2022

The Emotion in an Eye

My short story, “The Tiger’s Eye,” was recently published in the online literary journal, Brief Wilderness.

“The Tiger’s Eye” is an excerpt from my novel, Setting the Family Free.

“There were memories lodged in the corners of Ketchum’s mind that he’d rather not bring to light. He’d served as a marine in two wars. Did time in Iraq, then in Afghanistan. He’d killed men. People he’d known as friends had fallen at his side. Ketchum had seen terrible things. But he’d never experienced anything quite like this.”

So begins the story of a man on the hunt for an escaped tiger in the suburban woods.

Read the story in Brief Wilderness.

https://briefwilderness.com/2021/10/08/the-tigers-eye-by-eric-d-goodman/

 

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Sunday, June 12, 2022

Wrecks and Ruins was featured in the TBR [to be read] series!

A new interview about Wrecks and Ruins was published in the TBR [to be read] series!

Wrecks and Ruins is a novel about how relationships are built and how they evolve or dissolve over time. The main character, Stu, believes that romantic love is like the cycle of a cicada: a few months of excited buzz followed by monotonous silence. The book is an anti-love story that corrects itself when Stu connects his broken things to his collection of broken relationships.

Learn more about the book, its characters, and what served as an inspiration by reading the full interview at the link below:

http://www.workinprogressinprogress.com/2022/04/tbr-wrecks-and-ruins-by-eric-d-goodman.html?fbclid=IwAR1eSPBepHF-saCcUWFbl-c4g7tseObOy30TAU7Cxqww7MYSfVozFH93NPc
 

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Sunday, June 05, 2022

Cicadas are Buzzing

Wrecks and Ruins, my latest novel, was published by Loyola University’s Apprentice House Press on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. The endorsements have been great, but the cicadas are still looking for a few good reviewers.

Wrecks and Ruins is a short novel, a sort of anti-love story that corrects itself. Stuart believes that romantic love is like the cycle of a cicada: a few months of excited buzz—romance, lust, excitement—followed by a monotonous silence that can’t live up to the promise at the start. He strings together more than broken relationships. Part romantic comedy, part buddy novel, filled with musical references, and set in real places throughout Baltimore and Lithuania, Wrecks and Ruins finds beauty in the most unusual of places.

If you are a reviewer or are interested in publishing a review or providing other coverage, let me know and we’ll be glad to send you an copy of the novel! Send me a message at edgewriter@gmail.com, or send me an instant message on Facebook, Linkedin, or Twitter.

“Want to learn more about the book before deciding? Check out the book trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLnLPGs8HJs


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Sunday, May 29, 2022

Travel is Back in Port


One of the most difficult parts of the pandemic has been not being able to travel. It’s not difficult for a writer like myself to warm up to the idea of being a hermit, staying in my cave and writing. But we missed our regular travels. Aside from a visit to family in Arizona, we’ve been home for the better part of three years.

That changed for us in April. For spring break, we ventured into the world again with our first trip abroad—to Portugal!

We thought Portugal would be a relatively stress-free reentry since we have been there before. We spent most of our time in Lisbon, where we stayed last time. We also explored Porto, Coimbra, Cascais, and Sintra.

Climbing the hilly cobblestone streets of Alfama, Porto, and Coimbra; exploring castles, palaces, and cathedrals; enjoying port wine and ginjinha, seafood and egg custards; talking to locals in cafes and family restaurants and fado bars: there was so much to see, do, and experience in Portugal. It was delicious.

In other words: expect some travel stories on the horizon.

While you’re waiting, here are a few other places we’ve been.

http://www.tracksnovel.com/travel.html

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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Toby Devens on Wrecks and Ruins: “Thought-provoking … captivating read”

“The buzz about Eric D. Goodman’s latest novel is loud and laudatory. Synchronizing the cycles of the cicadas with evolving stages of romantic love, its premise is original, characters are entertaining, and theme is thought-provoking. Wrecks and Ruins is a captivating read!”

—Toby Devens, author of Barefoot Beach and Happy Any Day Now

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Tom Glenn on Wrecks and Ruins: “A good novel always confronts the reader with a moral question.”

“A good novel always confronts the reader with a moral question. That’s what Wrecks and Ruins Does. This is a buddy novel that offers four different models of how a man should decide about mating. Should he marry young or wait until middle age? Or should he just play the field? Goodman doesn’t answer the question for you. He gives all the evidence and lets you decide.”

         —Tom Glenn, author of Last of the Annamese and Coming to Terms

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Sunday, May 08, 2022

B. Morrison on Wrecks and Ruins: “Probes the way identity is formed and its fluidity”

“As a young man, seeing that everything breaks eventually, Stuart decides to live life every day, hanging out with his friends, playing the field.  Yet whenever the cicadas sing again, he must reevaluate his decision.  In this engaging story of a man navigating the currents of his life, Goodman probes the way identity is formed and its fluidity.” 

—B. Morrison, author of Innocent: Confessions of a Welfare Mother and Terrarium: Poems

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Sunday, May 01, 2022

Timmy Reed on Wrecks and Ruins: “Cleverly pieced together”

Wrecks and Ruins captures the mirrored life-cycle of a romance and a plague of insects the way they deserve to be depicted, as humans and bugs. Goodman's writing on relationships is cleverly pieced together and connects to our recent brood. Dig it up.”

—Timmy Reed, author of Kill Me Now and Tell God I Don’t Exist
 

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New Book Trailer for Wrecks and Ruins

Wrecks and Ruins has a new book trailer! Check out the short video to get a feel for what the new novel is all about, and to find out why other writers and readers are buzzing about the new novel.

Complete with sound effects, music, and video images representing the novel, this short video may be just what you need to put you in the reader’s seat.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Sally Whitney on Wrecks and Ruins: “Entertaining and enlightening”

“Great novels inspire readers to see things in a different way. After reading Wrecks and Ruins, I will never see shards of glass, twisted bumpers, raw relationships, or tattered souls in the same way again. Stu’s quest to make sense of the pieces of life is entertaining and enlightening. With a cast of sympathetically human characters, it spins its way to a wholly satisfying conclusion.”

—Sally Whitney, author of 
When Enemies Offend Thee and Surface and Shadow

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Friday, April 22, 2022

Release Day Buzz






During the release of my latest novel, Wrecks and Ruins, I happened to be traveling internationally for the first time since before the pandemic. That's something that can easily happen when you compartmentalize life. 


That didn't stop the publication day buzz! Thank you to those who helped keep the cicada buzz going while I was away!


Wrecks and Ruins was featured in the TBR [to be read] series!


Deborah Kalb featured an interview with me about Wrecks and Ruins in the Book Q&As Blog!


A thoughtful and positive book review of Wrecks and Ruins was featured on B. Morrison's Book Blog.


Another great review by Charles Rammelkamp was published in the UK literary magazine, London Grip


Loyola's Apprentice House Press announced the release of Wrecks and Ruins in a press release


And Apprentice House Press featured an author interview with me about Wrecks and Ruins.


WBJC included Wrecks and Ruins as it’s monthly Book Notes feature. You can tune in to Judith Krummeck’s interview with me at the link.


Find out what all the buzz is about! Get your copy at your favorite bookstore, or get it online from one of the links below!


Barnes and Noble

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wrecks-ruins-eric-d-goodman/1140976629


Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09RWJRFHF/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i4


Bookshop (supporting independent bookstores)

https://bookshop.org/books/wrecks-and-ruins/9781627203845





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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Wrecks and Ruins Day!

Yesterday Wrecks and Ruins was released by Loyola University's Apprentice House Press!

Stu strings together more than broken relationships, seeking art in the defective. After finding love, sabotaging it, and rekindling the fire again, Stu comes to understand that his drive to end relationships prematurely and his attraction to damaged goods are connected to his fear of being broken himself. Part romantic comedy, part buddy novel, Wrecks and Ruins finds beauty in the most unusual places.

Order Wrecks and Ruins now from your favorite book seller or one of the links below:


https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wrecks-ruins-eric-d-goodman/1140976629

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09RWJRFHF/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i4

https://bookshop.org/books/wrecks-and-ruins/9781627203845

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Monday, April 18, 2022

Charles Rammelkamp on Wrecks and Ruins: “Goodman is a talented storyteller”

“Music is an important element in Wrecks and Ruins. Stu is like the protagonist of the old Rolling Stones’ song, “Sitting on a Fence.” Part of the charm of the novel is that chunks of time are related out of place, filling in the blanks of our understanding. Goodman is a talented storyteller.”

          —Charles Rammelkamp, author of The Secretkeepers and Catastroika

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Sunday, April 10, 2022

Judith Krummeck on Wrecks and Ruins: “Flinty empathy”

“In a prose style that evokes Stuart’s compulsion about things that are broken and fleeting, Eric D. Goodman pieces together with flinty empathy the conflicted psyche of a man who finally confronts his fragmented life.”


—Judith Krummeck, author of Old New Worlds and Beyond the Baobab

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Monday, April 04, 2022

Robin Black on Wrecks and Ruins: “Quirky and surprisingly endearing”

“Caught between the reality of life’s impermanence and his suspicion that the dream of everlasting love is not a bit real, Stuart is as quirky and surprisingly endearing a figure as you’ll find anywhere. Through him, and — oddly — through the life-cycle of cicadas, Goodman takes on the big questions, the ones about life’s meaning and about where beauty is best to be found. The result is this charming and moving story of one man’s evolution, his loves, and his gradually dawning realizations about it all. I enjoyed every page!"

—Robin Black, author of Life Drawing and If I loved You, I Would Tell You This

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Wrecks and Ruins Available Now


My new novel, Wrecks and Ruins, will be released by Loyola University’s Apprentice House Press on Tuesday, April 19, 2022—but you don’t have to wait until then. You can pre-order the novel as an ebook, trade paperback, or hardcover right now!

Stu strings together more than broken relationships, seeking art in the defective. After finding love, sabotaging it, and rekindling the fire again, Stu comes to understand that his drive to end relationships prematurely and his attraction to damaged goods are connected to his fear of being broken himself. Part romantic comedy, part buddy novel, Wrecks and Ruins finds beauty in the most unusual places.

Order Wrecks and Ruins now from your favorite book seller or one of the links below:


https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wrecks-ruins-eric-d-goodman/1140976629

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09RWJRFHF/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i4

https://bookshop.org/books/wrecks-and-ruins/9781627203845


 

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Sunday, March 13, 2022

Designed to Keep You Out


Before Silence of the Lambs or CSI came to light, Robert W. Walker was already writing popular mysteries about serial killers and forensics. With more than 50 novels to his name, Walker knows the publishing business.


When I spoke with Robert Walker years ago at the Maryland Writers' Conference, he offered this bit of encouragement to new writers: "The publishing industry is designed to keep you out." More about business than art, he explained that the industry is more interested in sure sales than potential new writers. There are tricks to help crack the door, but it can be as difficult as catching a serial killer—something he does often in his writing.


Learn more about Robert W. Walker at his nook on the Harper Collins site.

http://www.harpercollins.com/authors/28139/Robert_W_Walker/index.aspx

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Sunday, February 27, 2022

Aim Off Target

 

Writing the book is merely the top of the iceberg, as every new author will tell you. After writing, there's revising, rewriting, editing, finding a publisher, and the long, tedious task of selling it. You can't just create a book and expect the masses to rush to you these days. To succeed, you must take your book to the masses.


While the obvious options (local media, book reviewers, editors, and authors who specialize in the subject area or genre you've written in) are usually overloaded with review copies, certain media sources aren't used to receiving book releases. And that is why I’ve found a bit of success with an alternate strategy: aim off target.

Keep in mind that you're not shooting at random; you should aim and polish your pitch. Here’s how we did it with Flightless Goose years ago.

When sharing the book with publications in the medical and disability fields, we spotlighted that this is a book that teaches children how to deal with disability and difficult situations. When we went to automotive magazines, we highlighted that the goose is playing too close to the road and has an auto accident, so the book promotes road safety in play areas. When we went to style and fashion publications, we shared images of outfits worn by the geese and touted the style of the illustrations.

Flightless Goose received as much attention from these non-literary markets as it did from the traditional book reviewers.

Read my full article on the topic at Writers Weekly:

https://writersweekly.com/this-weeks-article/aim-off-target-by-eric-d-goodman

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Sunday, February 20, 2022

Wolfe on Steinbeck


When Tom Wolfe spoke about the state of the American Novel at the National Book Festival years ago, he was adamant that the state of the novel was not good.

Wolfe believed that modern American novelists — especially the young — have nothing to say. He also described what he considers the Europeanization of the American novel.

"America has been Europeanized. America believes that the novel should be psychological instead of being about something. But this is an astonishing, unexplored country — go to it!"

He explained that many great American novelists were actually reporters. "Take John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. He worked as a reporter to get his material. He needed to be a reporter for the material and exposure to the types of characters and situations he was writing about."


Tom Wolfe encourages today's novelists to get the scoop before attempting to master the craft.

Visit Tom's bookshelf at the link.
http://www.tomwolfe.com/bookshelf.html

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Sunday, February 13, 2022

Wrecks and Ruins Full Cover Revealed

 

For Valentine’s Day, here’s more about my forthcoming novel that’s been described as an anti-love story that corrects itself.

You may have seen the front cover for the forthcoming novel, Wrecks and Ruins. Now, I’m pleased to share Apprentice Houses Press’s full cover, front and back.

The front and back covers both feature a Cicada sketch from Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural history, with wood photography by Patrick Fore. The back cover provides a brief description of the novel and a briefer author’s bio.

This will be the cover for the advance reading copy, so there may be slight variations before the final release. But chances are, this will be close to what you’ll see on bookstore bookshelves—online and in person—this April.

Learn more at www.EricDGoodman.com.




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Sunday, February 06, 2022

Cover Reveal: Wrecks and Ruins

Loyola University’s Apprentice House Press has revealed the cover for my forthcoming novel, Wrecks and Ruins.

The cicada sketch featured as a woodprint on the front cover is a variation of a cicada sketch from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural history, with wood photography by Patrick Fore.

I’m excited to share the book cover. Stay tuned for more news to come on Wrecks and Ruins.

www.EricDGoodman.com

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Sunday, January 30, 2022

Watch for Cicadas This April


My forthcoming novel, Wrecks and Ruins, now has a launch date. The short novel, being published by Loyola University’s Apprentice House Press, will be released on Tuesday, April 19, 2022.

Wrecks and Ruins will be my sixth published book, and my third consecutive book released by Apprentice House Press. Scroll down to previous blog for more information.

While you’re waiting for Wrecks and Ruins, learn more about my last novel from Apprentice House, The Color of Jadeite, at the link below.

https://www.apprenticehouse.com/?s=jadeite

 

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Sunday, January 23, 2022

Shakespeare's Bad Side

 


Think form rejection letters are bad? Just be glad you don't have Shakespeare as a critic!

"Thou crusty botch of nature," he said. "(Thou hast) not so much brain as ear wax." He could be rather harsh. "(Thou) hath more hair than wit, and more faults than hairs, and more wealth than faults."

Check the link below, where Shakespeare will be happy to taunt you with lines like "There's no more faith in thee than in a stewed prune," "(Thou art) a wretch whose natural gifts were poor," and "(Your) brain is as dry as a remainder biscuit after a voyage."

"Methink'st thou art a general offence and every man should beat thee." More literary insults await!

http://www.pangloss.com/seidel/Shaker/index.html


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Sunday, January 16, 2022

Making a Book out of Wrecks and Ruins

 


What, exactly, inspired my forthcoming novel, Wrecks and Ruins? Well, a few things.

This book was actually the joining together of two separate inspirations. I keep a file of ideas and concepts for future books and stories. One of those ideas was that of a husband and wife deciding to divorce and making it a celebration—still good friends, but letting one another go. In their new searches for new mates, they came to understand that what they were looking for was one another.

It was 2018, and I was entering a contest to write a novel in three days. I wanted something that didn’t require a lot of intricate plotting, like my last novel, The Color of Jadeite. This relationship-steeped story seemed like a good choice.

As I began to think of character development, it occurred to me that the characters from a story I had written years before, “Cicadas,” would perfectly fit the roles for the characters in this book. And I realized that Brood X would be back in a few years, making it a perfect “check-in” time. So the idea of a sequel, of sorts, for “Cicadas” meshed with the concept I had originally envisioned as more of a comedy under the working title of “Divorce Courting.” Wrecks and Ruins evolved into something different.

The best way to learn more about Wrecks and Ruins is to read or listen to the original story, “Cicadas.” You can hear or read an abridged version on WYPR or Syndic Literary Journal at the following links.


https://www.wypr.org/show/the-signal/2015-04-23/the-altar-of-innocence-baltimore-mandolin-orchestra-and-fiction-from-eric-d-goodman


https://www.syndicjournal.us/cover-syndic-no-14/story-leaving-by-eric-d-goodman/

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Sunday, January 09, 2022

Prose is Never Finished

 


National Book Award Winner Alice McDermott describes writing prose as a never-ending endeavor. "Prose is never finished. It's a process that only ends when you allow it to. You can always improve your writing."

She suggests writers feel their way through a novel rather than target a specific destination. "Writing fiction is intuition, the sculpting of material and selection of words. There are turns in a story that writers don't expect, that they don't see coming."

It's that mystery—the not knowing where she's headed—that McDermott finds fascinating. In fact, she always begins without a plot and develops it as she writes.

"There's the danger of losing enthusiasm if you know the plot before you start writing. With literary fiction, it's best to begin without knowing exactly where the story is going."

What do you think: is prose ever perfectly complete? If you are a writer, do you prefer to plot or feel your way through a novel?


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Monday, January 03, 2022

Buzz for my New Book


Wrecks and Ruins will be my sixth published book, and my third consecutive book published by Loyola University’s Apprentice House Press. 

The short novel was inspired, in part, by the Brood X. Or, more specifically, the return of the cicadas after writing a story with their songs as backdrop the last time they emerged.

 

About 17 years ago, I was inspired to write “Cicadas” shortly after Brood X burrowed back into the ground. “Cicadas” was a short story, and one of my first to be both published in an anthology and featured on the radio. You can listen to an abridged version of the story as it aired on Baltimore’s NPR station, WYPR, at the link below—complete with Cicada sound effects as background music.

 

I recently revisited the characters from my story, “Cicadas,” at my writing desk. I had a few pages of basic notes for a sort of anti-love story that corrects itself, and as I hashed out the details, I realized the characters from “Cicadas” as older people would fit the roles well. I also realized that Brood X was inching its way back toward another emergence and that it could take place seventeen years later, when the Cicadas were back in full force.

 

The result: my forthcoming novel, Wrecks and Ruins. 

 

Get a taste by listening to the original “Cicadas” at the link.

 

https://yourlisten.com/edgewriter/cicadas

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Sunday, January 02, 2022

Welcome, 2022



Hope you had a wonderful holiday season.

Here's to a bright, new 2022!




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Sunday, December 12, 2021

Fiction or History?

 

Whether he’s writing fiction or history, E.L. Doctorow believes in telling the truth. His novel, The March, was popular with critics and the masses alike. What was Doctorow's intention as he mixed fiction with history?

            

"My purpose for writing this book was to finish writing this book," the writer said matter-of-factly.

 

Doctorow found the subject of Sherman's march worth exploring. "Sherman's march uprooted an entire civilization. Freed slaves attached themselves to the march, and so did white people whose lives were disrupted, both poor and wealthy alike."

 

Among U.S. Generals, Doctorow says Sherman and Grant are the best writers. "Their memoirs are well worth reading." And more so than some memoirs, they attempt to tell the truth.

 

Learn more about E.L. Doctorow and his writing at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._L._Doctorow 

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Monday, December 06, 2021

Begin at the End

Was it Stephen Covey who first said "Begin with the end in mind?" Well, he said it, but surely this advice comes from long before Covey's repackaging. And it’ll certainly it'll be repackaged again and again. Here’s novelist John Irving’s spin.

Irving says he never begins writing a novel until he has decided on the end.

"I always start with the last sentence," Irving says. "I know exactly where I'm going. I have a far more fixed sense of the ending than the beginning. In the five, six, seven years it takes me to write a book, I always know the ending first and don't start writing until I know the last sentence. You need to know the ending to understand the tone and language to use. You need to know how to set everything up to get to where you're going."

Learn more about John Irving and his work at www.john-irving.com/  


 

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Monday, November 29, 2021

The Cicadas Will Return

 



Do you fondly remember the sound of those Cicadas all around us? Incessantly buzzing day and night? Almost as though they were announcing something big?

They were announcing something. All of that buzz is at the center of my forthcoming book, Wrecks and Ruins.
Wrecks and Ruins is being published by Loyola University’s Apprentice House Press in Spring 2022. The short novel is a sort of anti-love story that corrects itself. Spanning three cicada life cycles, a man who attempts to find art in the most unlikely of places makes a lot of other discoveries about himself and those in his life as well.

While you’re waiting for Wrecks and Ruins to arrive, why not catch up on some of my other novels? Find them all at www.EricDGoodman.com

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

The new printed issue of Loch Raven Review


Loch Raven Review has published my latest fiction in their sixteenth annual edition, along with such authors as Shannon Cuthbert, Johanna DeMay, Marc Alan Di Martino and others.

Loch Raven Review seeks to showcase the works of new and experienced authors side by side who present a unique voice to the world.

The print edition is available here:

 

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The Travel Story That Inspired A Novel

 


Back in 2014, my daughter and I went on a travel adventure throughout China that took us from Beijing to Shanghai, Xi’an, Hangzhou, and Suzhou. We saw everything from the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square to The Terracotta Warriors and West Lake.

With the help of daily note-taking and journaling from Nicole, I wrote a travel story that detailed the weeks we spent in China. Smaller nuggets rewritten from that longer story have appeared in places like Baltimore Style Magazine, Go World Travel, and Go Nomad. Now, inTravel Magazine is publishing the entire travelogue in a series.

Enjoy “Fortunate Cookies: A Father-Daughter Adventure Through China, Part 1: Beijing and the Great Wall” in inTravel Magazine at the link below.

 

https://www.intravelmag.com/intravel/in-depth/fortunate-cookies-a-father-daughter-adventure-in-china


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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Latest Novel is a Literary Thriller: The Color of Jadeite

 


Loyola University’s Apprentice House Press published my latest novel in October 2020. The Color of Jadeite is a literary thriller full of intrigue, romance, treacherous villains, alluring clues, narrow escapes, and surprises around every corner. The novel has been described by early readers as “a tight, taut, terrific thriller” (Steve Berry, author of 19 New York Times bestselling thrillers) and “as tense, romantic, and obsessed as the great noir thrillers” (Jacquelyn Mitchard, Deep End of the Ocean).

Clive Allen, a suave private eye, ventures throughout China in search of an ancient jadeite tablet from the Ming dynasty. Along the way, he delves into the mysteries of China’s art, history, and culture.

Every bit as captivating as the treasure Clive seeks is the mysterious Wei Wei, an expert on Chinese artifacts who helps the droll detective navigate the most perilous pockets of Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Hangzhou, Suzhou, and beyond.

With sidekicks Salvador and Mackenzie, Clive sets out to find the priceless artifact, outwitting their rivals at almost every turn. But between the fistfights and rickshaw chases, gunfights and betrayals, Clive’s deep connection with the treasure he seeks and his romance with Wei Wei force him to confront truths about his past and himself.

Find out why it’s been called “The Maltese Falcon on high octane” (Jerry Holt) and “a clever, witty, captivating read” (Toby Devens) by reading the adventure for yourself. It’s available on Amazon and from other booksellers as a hardcover, trade paperback, and ebook.

www.EricDGoodman.com/Jadeite.html


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Saturday, September 11, 2021

My September 11 Story

It is hard to believe that the tragedy of 9/11 took place 20 years ago. 

One of the first stories I wrote for Tracks: A Novel in Stories was "Freedom." 

I consider it my 9/11 story.

Here is an abridged version of my 9/11 story as featured on WYPR. (The full story, as published in TRACKS, delves deeper into Joe's conflicts with that tragic day, with the war, and with his relationships.)

http://programs.wypr.org/podcast/9613-%E2%80%9Cfreedom%E2%80%9D-%E2%80%9Ctracks-novel-stories%E2%80%9D



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Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Tom Wolfe & Me


The book-signing line for Tom Wolfe at the National Book Festival was so long that I had to leave it before getting anywhere close to the man in white (in order to make John Irving's presentation).

Later in the day, it was Tom Wolf's turn to speak beneath a tent. Again, it was so crowded that the closest I could get was five rows away.

It was later, as I walked along the national mall green, that I just happened to run into him. Wolf was hard to miss in his white suit and shoes. He began a live interview on C-Span's Book TV. I stood, watched, and listened. A crowd collected, but this time I remained in front.

After the interview, my A Man in Full was in full view. Before the "guards" could whisk him away, he had my book and pen.

I now have a pen Tom Wolfe used to write with. And a signed book to boot.

Knowing their rivalry, I asked him, "Are you and John Irving going out for drinks after this?"

He looked at me with a big smile. "The literary world we live in ..."

Find out more about Tom Wolfe and his writing at his Wiki page.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Wolfe 


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Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Breaking: Dangerous Animals Released into Community

Setting the Family Free was published by Loyola University’s Apprentice House Press in 2019.

Who tells the story about a private preserve of exotic pets released into a rural community?

The loner who collects unusual things. The private reserve of exotic pets released into a rural Ohio community. The estranged wife who loves the animals like family. The caretaker who knows the beasts are dangerous. The Sheriff and his team of experts who must hunt the creatures down. The animal advocate who winces at the spectacle. The celebrity zookeeper who knows what must be done.

And what have others said about Setting the Family Free? Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz called it “a supremely moving novel by turns ferocious and tender and funny from beginning to end. And Jacquelyn Mitchard, Oprah’s first book club pick with The Deep End of the Ocean, called Setting the Family Free “a generous, boisterous, surprising read, like a tiger in your back yard.”    

This story expands through the innovative use of multiple narratives, news broadcasts, newspaper articles, press conferences, political tapes, and quotes from experts, eyewitnesses, and those closest to the unfolding events. Who are the heroes; who are the victims? Who gets to decide?

You do, by reading the book for yourself. It’s available on Amazon and at other booksellers as a hardcover, trade paperback, and ebook.

www.EricDGoodman.com/Animals.html

 

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

The Color Of Jadeite on Goodreads Giveaway!


Enter the Goodreads Giveaway today for a chance to receive a free trade paperback copy of THE COLOR OF JADEITE! More than a thousand readers have entered, but there's still time for you to enter, too! 

 

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

The Story Chooses the Writer


According to novelist John Irving, a writer does not have the luxury of deciding on a story; the story chooses the writer. "I've always felt my subject chooses me. Even if I don't like the subject, don't like what I'm writing about. The subject chooses you."

Irving admits that the writer is not off the hook. Novels don't write themselves. "I choose the tone, the names, the language, the structure—but not the subject or the story. The story chooses the writer; the writer chooses the structure."

But Wikipedia chooses Irving’s story on their site.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Irving

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

A Book is Born

 


When I told my agent about my second book, she knew as well as I that it would be a tough sell. On the plus side, I was following up my novel in stories with a straight novel, which was good. On the other, I was toying with something out of the ordinary.

What makes Womb so unique is the unusual narrator. Set in the city and suburbs of Baltimore, Womb is narrated from the point of view of a narrator in utero. He describes his own reality, his connection to the collective consciousness, and the drama of his mother and her circle of family and friends.

But, after reading the manuscript, she fell in love with the characters and the concept. She compared it to Room by Emma Donoghue and The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold due to the creative perspective. And we were right: it was a long pregnancy.

The reviews show that it was, like a birth, worth the struggle. Jennifer Miller called it “utterly unique ... humorous, thoughtful, unexpected” and Michael Kimball called it “Strange and wonderful.” Yona Zeldis McDonnough said Womb was “Engagingly original” and Jen Grow called it “a tenderhearted story laced with grace.”

Experience life from an unusual perspective. Womb is available as a paperback or an ebook.

www.EricDGoodman.com/womb.html


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