Thursday, March 10, 2016

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.

B. Lynn Goodwin is the owner of Writer Advice,, and the author of both You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers (Tate Publishing), and Talent (Eternal Press). 

Her blog is at B. Lynn’s stories and articles have been published in Voices of Caregivers; Hip Mama; Small Press Review; Dramatics Magazine; The Sun; Good 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

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.


Thanks for being here today! Happy writing!

Readers, you can find out even more by visiting other blog tour stops B. Lynn has.

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