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Monday, March 26, 2012

Author Interview: Roberta Goodman

This week I would love to welcome, Roberta Goodman to my blog. Would you like to tell us a little about yourself?

I'm married with two children. I grew up in Philadelphia, but I've lived on the Eastern Shore of Maryland for the past 12 ½ years. Eventually, I want to move to the West Coast, because I love warm weather. Living near the beach is also one of my dreams.
The search for contentment has been a very long journey I've taken for most of my life. Sometimes I feel like giving up my dreams, but then I remember they make me who I am and I can never give up.
All of my perseverance seems to be paying off. My debut novel is available in e-Book and paperback and I couldn't be happier. Writing is the only thing I do really well. Now that I've been given a chance to get my work out there, I want to take full advantage of it. Gaining acceptance on a large scale is not an easy thing to do, but I'm hoping I'm able to accomplish this goal and entertain readers at the same time.

What inspired you to write Snow Escape?

During the winter of 2009-2010, my area of the country endured three massive snowstorms, two of which occurred within a week of each other. About a week after the back to back storms I was sitting at my computer querying agents for a previous manuscript. I looked out the window and watched as more snow fell, but this storm thankfully was going to pass my area and head up to NY. I remember thinking, 'Thank God we're not going to get hit from another storm. Let NY get clobbered with it, because I've had enough snow.' That's when I had this light bulb moment. What if you had a woman in NY and she's trapped in her apartment because it just keeps snowing? What if this woman uses online dating to meet guys and one of them decides to contact her during the blizzard, etc. From the beginning, I knew I wanted to write it in a way that would make readers question if the events were really happening or was Allegra imagining them.

How long did it take you to write Snow Escape?

I started writing it in February of 2010 and finished it in July 2010, so it was about five months from start to finish.
While writing how many times do you go back and rewrite a plot?
It depends on what I'm writing, but usually it's uncommon for me to rewrite a plot. I didn't rewrite the plot at all for Snow Escape, but the project I'm working on at the moment has had its plot rewritten once.
You run into a bookstore, where do you go first?
If I'm by myself, I head to the romance section or classic literature. If my kids are with me, it's children's books.

How many books in a month do you tend to read?

On average I read probably three a month. I usually end up reviewing them for my blog in addition to the short stories I review on a weekly basis. I really would love to read more, but I've been so busy the last six months I haven't had time.
In all the books you've read, who is your most favorite character and why?
Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice stands out. She was written as a strong woman who wasn't afraid to speak her mind in an era where women weren't considered to be equals to men. She had a brain in her head and was proud of that fact.

State 5 random facts about yourself.

-I have a tremendous capacity to love.
-I'll always be a city girl at heart.
-I have naturally curly hair that I straighten.
-I'm a huge Disney fan.
-I love fast cars.

What are you currently reading?

I'm currently reading The Prince at the Corner Bakery by Leta Gail Doerr. I plan to review it on my blog. It's a lighthearted story about a divorced mom of three who lets go of the past and finds romance in the process.

What particular place do you write in?

My main computer is in my bedroom, so that's where I write most of the time. I need quiet to write.

Your favorite Genre?

Tragic Romances are my favorite genre because love is such a strong emotion that it can make even the strongest person weak at times. We've all had our hearts broken, so it's an incredibly relatable thing.

Paperback, Hardcover, eBook? Why?

Even though I love feeling an “actual” book in my hands, I'm starting to prefer eBooks because they're more practical than storing books all over my house.

What is the best book you've read?

I usually prefer fiction, but my favorite book is actually non-fiction. I think Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is the best book I've ever read because it has everything. There's humor, mystery, suspense, and the location the book takes place in happens to be one of my favorite cities, Savannah, Ga.

Here's your chance to market your book. Describe it and why readers should pick it up?

Snow Escape is a murder mystery/thriller that takes place in Brooklyn, NY on the night the biggest snowstorm in history is occurring. My main character is a 30-year old single school teacher named Allegra Maxwell. She's used online dating to meet potential love interests and one of these men chooses the night of the snowstorm to contact her. They talk via Instant Messenger for several hours. Ultimately, during this conversation, she discovers that he's been stalking her and claims he lives in her building. This is where his threats to harm her begin and will continue throughout the night. She turns to neighbors for help with tragic consequences ensuing. She's basically trapped in her apartment building because there is a tremendous amount of snow on the ground. It's hampering her attempts to leave, but it's also keeping the police from reaching her. Snow Escape's appeal lies in its unpredictability. It's a roller coaster ride through the dark topic of stalking. I want readers to come away with a better understanding of what motivates some individuals to do the horrible things they do. Readers should pick up a copy if they enjoy a good murder mystery that will keep them guessing until the end.


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Visit again Wednesday March 28, 2012 for my review on Roberta Goodmans novel titled SNOW ESCAPE

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