Flightless Goose author, Mr. Goodman is holding a Virtual Book Tour from June 20, 2011 to July 31, 2011. This concept is new to me, but sounds very intriguing. It involves making a number of stops at various blogs and sites to “meet” readers and answer questions.
Our Family World will be hosting a Virtual Book Tour stop on July 12, 2011. I am anticipating that it will be a good opportunity to meet some new friends and find out more about Goodman’s hero, Gilbert the Goose. We invite you to read the review of Flightless Goose and to ask your questions. Mr Goodman will be pleased to answer them!! Enjoy the interview.
Flightless Goose Author interview
Authors usually have many influences and are sometimes inspired by other authors or even Life events. What inspired you to write this story?
Believe it or not, Flightless Goose was inspired by a real goose. Nataliya and I used to live on a lake, and we really did see a goose hit by a car and rendered unable to fly. The geese still accepted the injured goose as part of the flock, but teased it and treated it differently. When winter came, there was no choice but for them to leave the goose behind. We (and other neighbors) fed the goose bread crumbs to help it survive the winter. I thought it was an inspiring story, and a great vehicle for teaching some valuable lessons.
Are you an animal lover? Was there a special reason why Gilbert the Goose became your main character?
I do love animals. The main reason Gilbert became the main character was simply due to the real flightless goose that dominated the lake beneath window in my writing studio.
What audience did you have in mind when you were writing this story? Were you aiming for public readings at schools and libraries, or families reading at home?
I was thinking universally, wanting Flightless Goose to reach children everywhere. We have done a number of school events and book events, but we also enjoy just reading one on one to children we know. Ultimately, as many events as we do, I think the most valuable experience is families reading together at home.
There are many themes present in this book. It may inspire dialogue about road safety, how we treat animals, how life can change after an accident, and the fact that EVERYONE has a purpose and is special. What do you desire for your reader to learn or take with them after reading?
First and foremost, this should be an entertaining story that children enjoy. I’d like the learning to happen beneath the surface of simply enjoying the story. As you point out, there are a number of lessons in this book. I think the primary lesson is that everyone is different, and we should all treat one another with respect. Never bully or tease others because they are different. And focus on your strengths instead of your weaknesses. We can’t all be good at everything, but we can each be good at something … and everyone can make a difference.
Will there be more stories about Gilbert? I think he could easily transfer into a hero character with many adventures.
That depends, in part, on how well the first book does. Nataliya and I do have ideas for additional Gilbert books. One idea we like is that the other geese find a way to help Gilbert take a vacation. Others have ideas as well. One common request we get from children at school events is to have Gilbert go to school with Johnny. That may happen, too.
First, we have another childrens’ book we’re working on now with an entirely different cast of characters. Hopefully it will be ready for prime time in another year or two.
In the meantime, I’m also riding the train at the moment. My debut novel in stories, Tracks, just came out on June 30. It’s a novel in stories set on a train; each chapter is the story of a passenger on the train, but they link together to form a full narrative. You can learn more about it (watch videos, listen to radio readings, read excerpts, etc) at www.TracksNovel.com.
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