Hey there my lovely readers, writers and creators,
I love it when authors stop by and join us on Saturday. Are you ready to learn a bit more about author Lanie Goodell? Let’s continue on and get this interview going. Without further ado let’s dive straight in with the first question:
What inspired you to start writing?
I’ve always had stories in my head. Before I could write, my mom would write them down for me. She encouraged learning to spell through writing and the use of a typewriter. I wrote my first novel at 16 and never stopped.
When did you decide that you wanted to publish your first story?
When I was 17, but I went to a writing critique workshop and they flayed me alive. I put my writing away for awhile and published my first novel when I was 34.
Describe your writing space.
I write wherever I can. Sometimes that means the front seat of my car while waiting for my son to come out of an activity, or a desk at the school in which I’m working. Sometimes it means the couch. VERY rarely it’s my home office.
How do you do research for your books?
I use historical events in my novels as often as I can, so I do a ton of research ahead of time. The internet is a fabulous invention. I love old newspaper articles. They give more of the flavor of an event, but I use as many online resources as I can to ensure the facts are correct.
What motivates you to keep writing?
The look on my son’s face when he tells people about my books. Lunae Lumen was edited by him in part, and that was amazing. He makes me feel successful.
Writing can be emotionally draining and sometimes stressful- particularly when stepping into the publishing realm of things. Any tips to share for the aspiring writers out there?
Work through the confusion. If something doesn’t make sense, find another resource to explain in a different way. Publishing can be super confusing, but there are lot of excellent explanations that can guide you through.
Tell me about the books you write. Describe them in as many words as you like. I want some good detail here don’t just list the genre(s).
I love writing the somewhat dark and twisty things. I use little known serial murders as a basis for some of what I write as well as including places and people that history tends to forget. I love all things paranormal and tend to include speculative aspects in everything I write. When I’m doing short pieces, the action is high and the suspense is fun to do in so few words. When I’m writing novels, I tend to like a slower burn. The character development is the most important part to me. One editor told me I should make a female protagonist more likable earlier in the novel. I didn’t because the point was that she needed to grow. My stories often focus on someone who needs to learn something as the novel progresses.
How many books have you written so far? Are you in any anthologies? Which book has been your favorite to write? If you have a one that is. 🙂
I have four finished novels, two of which are in print. Several of my shorter pieces are spread around the internet, a complete listing of which can be found on my website at http://www.meligoodell.com. My first novel, Salvagium, will probably always be my favorite. I love the story and the fact that it was the first novel I shared with the world remains important to me. It’s gory, has sex, and is definitely not appropriate for some audiences, but I’m so proud of it.
Do you have a favorite character that you have written? Why are they your favorite? Are they the main character? Tell us about them.
Zack Castle from Salvagium. He’s not a main character, per se, but a needed force for the story to work. I love him. He’s arrogant and sneaky as well as somewhat condescending. But in the end, he’s someone I truly love. He’s not a good guy, but he’s got a good heart and his motivations are good. I think Michael from Lunae Lumen would be a close second. He’s teetering on a wagon he created for himself; a man trying to do the right thing even though everything inside him screams to do what he wants instead. I feel like we’re often faced with challenges like that in life and Michael is an example of how those things shape who we are.
Tell us about your latest writing project:
I’m currently working on something different. My main character is not a good person. He’s not likable (but I like him). He’s the bad guy and likes being the bad guy. I have degrees in criminal justice and psychology and will one day be able to pursue my master’s in forensic psychology. I like exploring the mind of the ‘bad guy’ to see how he ticks.
Let’s get to know a bit more about you. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I’m a single mom to a (gasp) teenage boy and enjoy spending time with him. You can often find us at the science museum or a comic con. I also teach in his school which is awesome. I’m a logic/math and theater teacher, two disciplines you wouldn’t expect to go together but that do quite nicely.
If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Loving. Weird. Hopeful.
If it were possible to have your favorite season all year long what season would it be?
Why did you chose that particular season?
I love Fall. The way the earth smells. Bonfires, turning leaves, school supplies. It feels hopeful to me and I always look forward to it.
What songs/ music are on your playlist?
I’ve always been obsessed with 3 Doors Down which got worse when a friend from high school became their bass player so it’s at the top of my list. I also have Pentatonix, Hozier, B.o.B, No Doubt, Avril Lavigne, and Christina Perri there. I made a public playlist on YouTube for Lunae Lumen and I’ve been listening to primarily that since the book came out.
What is your favorite food?
Salmon & Caesar salad
Who is your favorite author and why?
It sounds weird and pretentious but either Jane Austin or F. Scott Fitzgerald. I love the romance of Austin, and Fitzgerald is a master of phrasing.
What are you reading right now?
I’m reading Peril in the Old Country by Sam Hooker. I adore him and his writing. It’s a weird book but so enthralling. I stay entertained for hours and forget I’m not part of the story.
What is one thing your readers don’t know about you?
I am partially deaf. I have had three brain surgeries for a tumor behind my eardrum that left me mostly deaf in my right ear… except for the tinnitus which is super loud. It’s weird being in my head these days and challenging, but I’m adapting.
Where can readers find out more about you and your books? ( social links, author page, website, all the deets)
I’m pretty active on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/lanieg321
My website: http://www.meligoodell.com
and routinely update my Amazon Author page and Goodreads profile.
Thank you for joining me on my blog today. Is there anything else you’d like to say before we head on out? ( closing words)
I welcome all feedback! If anyone has questions, pop over to Goodreads and post a question for the author on either novel. I’ll answer!