iUniverse is delighted to introduce author Woody Goodell, who has published two books with us: Beyond the Boundary and Seven Children of the King. Below, Woody takes us through his books, his influences, and his publishing experience.
Please briefly describe your books . . .
Beyond the Boundary is a north woods thriller. While on a canoe trip, two best friends stumble upon a crashed airplane that contains a world-changing secret. Unknown to the good Samaritans, when they report the crash to the authorities, powerful people who are searching for the secret are alerted. Several hours later, a pontoon plane lands on the remote lake where the friends are camping. The two men only have one pistol and their knowledge of the wilderness to survive the onslaught of the people hell bent on attaining the secret.
Seven Children of the King is a post-apocalyptic thriller. Unlike many post-apocalyptic stories, this tale is not just a simple dark and dreary walk through a “what if” scenario. The story has a lot of action while exploring the growth of some of the characters. After surviving an apocalyptic event that wipes out most of the world’s population, seven people are pitted against a small army of murderous men. The seven companions must rely on an eccentric old man who is using Nostradamus’ quatrains as a guide to help them survive and ultimately save mankind. Each chapter in the book actually follows a quatrain that Nostradamus wrote centuries ago.
Do you have any particular literary influences that have helped you develop in your genre, subject and style?
My favorite authors are Dean Koontz, Dan Brown, Stephen King, and James Patterson. I love math and science. I am an avid outdoorsman, especially when it comes the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in northern Minnesota. Some of my adventures in the BWCAW provided the basis for “Beyond the Boundary”.
I also hold a BS in Nuclear Engineering Technology and an MBA. People who read Seven Children of the King will get a flavor for my technological side.
I have a keen interest in stories of intelligent, but otherwise ordinary people who are placed in extraordinary situations. That theme is prevalent in my first two books, as well as the third one that I am presently working on.
What inspired you to write your books?
Ever since I can remember, I have loved the thriller genre. When I read them, I always ask myself “what would I do” if I were the main character. I decided to take the leap and create entire stories where I get to decide exactly what the characters are going to do and direct exactly what is going to happen to them. My goal is to write unique, compelling stories with characters that people can completely identify with.
What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers?
That inside of every ordinary person hides someone extraordinary. Sometimes it just takes a big push to flush out the extraordinary person.
Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your books?
I plan on starting with book signings in small venues and interacting with local book clubs. I am working on an author’s website (woodygoodell.com), which should be live within the next month.
What was your favorite part of your publishing experience, overall and with iUniverse?
I love the actual “story writing” part, which I found out is only a small part of creating a book. The iUniverse staff has been absolutely great to work with. They are very professional, and are always willing to answer questions. As a new author this was very important to me, and iUniverse certainly delivered!
Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Grow a thick skin! Take criticism that you receive as a means to improve your work. Always remember that all feedback on your work, whether positive or negative, is a gift.