Jo Goodman

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Interview By: Jennj

Date: May 01, 2007

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Hello Jo,

The girls of Night Owl Romance are pleased that you have granted us an interview

We would love to get to know you

Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?

I could, but I'm sooo boring, you'd just fall asleep. In fact, I'm falling asleep thinking about Zzzzzzzz.

If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?

Ah, this is fun. Problem is, I want to be someone else's Dagny Taggart in Atlas Shrugged, or Nancy Drew. Let me think. I suppose I'd like to be Alexis Danty in Captain's Bride (my first book). She's not the character I most identify with, because, let's see, she's brave, great with a sword, can stand pain, and captured Cloud. She also doesn't get seasick and she loves adventure - actually doing it, as opposed to reading about it.

What's your favorite genre to read?


Who or what influences you when you write?

The contract? The deadline? The potential payday? Actually, it's the sheer love of doing it that influences me.

What do you do on a typical writing day?

Write. Get stuck. Eat. Write. Eat. Write. Ride my bike. Write. Eat. I can never write full time. They'd need a piano case to get me out of the house.

When you have writer's block how do you break free?

I act as if I don't have it and keep writing.

Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?

Sorry, I'm limited to 250 words. It's not worth it.

Please tell us what you have planned next?

Another Regency.

In 5 years, where do you see yourself? In general and in you're writing career.

I hope I'm still writing. I hope I'm still working at my day job. I love what I do (okay, most of the time).

Who is your perfect hero? And why?

My dad. He survived 5 and 1/2 years in a WWII POW camp and still was able to wish people "many blessings" his entire life.

What do you do for inspiration?

Dream. Mow the grass. Read. Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?

Not really. I'm able to incorporate most of what I want to write about into romance. What type of book have you always wanted to write?

I thought I would write a children's book someday. Ain't gonna happen. What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?

This used to be along answer. Now it's: Google I don't mind researching. I like learning new things. Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?

Being up against a deadline stops me in my tracks. I generally work well in advance of my publisher's deadline for my own sanity.

When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.

I was 26. My mom believed in me. It's that simple. What would you like to tell your readers?

Thank you for interest, your great letters, and taking the time to tell me what you enjoyed about a particular book. What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?

Best: Never talk about a book until it's written. Worst: Use an outline. Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?

No, I'm just not confident enough. What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?


How can readers find out more about you and your books?

Thank you for this opportunity!

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