Interview with author B. Lynn Goodwin

Welcome, readers. Today’s
guest is B. Lynn Goodwin and we’re chatting about her new young adult novel,
Talent.

Bio:
B. Lynn Goodwin is the owner
of Writer Advice, www.writeradvice.com, and the author of both You
Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers
(Tate Publishing), and Talent (Eternal Press). 
Her blog is at http://blynngoodwin.com. B. Lynn’s stories
and articles have been published in Voices of Caregivers; Hip Mama; Small Press
Review; Dramatics Magazine; The Sun; Good Housekeeping.com and many other venues.
She is currently working on
a memoir about getting married for the first time at age 62.
Welcome, B. Lynn. Please tell us about your current
release. 
In Talent, Sandee Mason wants to find her talent, get her license, and
stop living in the shadow of her brother, who disappeared while serving in
Afghanistan.
One reviewer said, “Lynn
Goodwin’s ability (as other reviewers have commented) to get inside the teenage
experience and speak from that true voice is the quality that makes this book
so special.”
Another called it “…a page-flipping read!”
What inspired you to write this book?
I created Sandee and Diego
for a series of articles I wrote long ago for Dramatics Magazine. I had directed Oklahoma! in high school with a talented cast, and while the
characters in the musical didn’t have the same flaws as the characters in Talent, the desire for recognition is
almost universal among young actors. I wanted drama geeks to have a book that
showed what they are like in the theatre and in the world 
I would love to have you
read the first chapter of Talent
before you even buy the book. It’s available at
http://blynngoodwin.com.
What exciting story are you working on next?
Sandee has more adventures
ahead of her, but right now I am working on a memoir about getting married for
the first time at age 62 to a two-time widower that I met on … gulp …
Craigslist.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’m never sure how to answer
this question, but I think I became a writer when my series of articles using
these characters was published in Dramatics Magazine. Then again maybe it was
when I was taking an Amherst Writers and Artists class and learned that a
writer is someone who writes.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day
like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to
write?
I write every day. My time
this week is divided between blog posts, submissions to Writer Advice’s current
contests, my memoir, responding to e-mails, and working on the pages of Writer
Advice. I usually do what is most urgent first.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I talk to my characters
and listen to what they say to me.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a teacher
so I could feel like I was in charge for at least 10 minutes. Now I am in
charge of my character’s lives and the situations they face. I sometimes get to
decide their fates.
Anything additional you want to share with the
readers?
My husby just told me to
remind you that you don’t lose until you quit trying. If you are a writer, keep
writing, and if you are a reader, as all writers should be, buy a copy of Talent through Amazon or ask your
library to buy it. Reviews are always welcome.
Links:
Thanks for being here today! Happy writing!

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