Sunday, April 12, 2009

INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY

Robert Goolrick:

An Interview


Robert Goolrick: Photo by
Leigh Ledare, USA TODAY

Much thanks to Robert Goolrick, author of A RELIABLE WIFE, for agreeing to do this interview for me. (I absolutely LOVED this book so much!)


What have you just finished reading?


I have just finished reading a galley of THE NEW VALLEY, by Josh Weil, due out from Grove Atlantic in May. It is a terrific book, a collection of novellas, set in the back hills of Southwestern Virginia. It is a really rewarding book from an important new writer.


What books would you say have made the biggest impression on you, especially starting out?


Considered in one light, Marcel Proust wrote the only novel ever written. It is unique, monumental, massively involving. I believe it to be the greatest artwork of the 20th century, in any medium. Anna Karenina had a huge impact, as have the novels of Jane Austen and Anthony Trollope. Among contemporary writers, I find Ian McEwan to be the most compelling, and it has been amazing to watch him grow in power as an artist.


What gets you started on a new book? A character or story idea or….?

In the case of A RELIABLE WIFE, I had the opening sentence and the final scene in my head for several years. They were easy. The middle was extremely difficult work. With the novel I’m working on now, I have had in my head a true story I heard thirty years ago. It was vivid then, and has remained so ever since.


What is something about you that you would want people to know about you that we probably don’t know?


I never wear linen after Labor Day. I take a short nap every afternoon – Southerners tend to nap a lot – and I tell the stories I tell because they’re the kind of stories I like to read.


What is your best advice to anyone, including young people, who want to be writers?


Writing is the only work I’ve ever found in which I enjoyed the process as much, if not more, than the end product.


A RELIABLE WIFE: A GIVEAWAY!
THANKS TO Lindsey @ ALGONQUIN
BOOKS FOR THIS GIVEAWAY
I HAVE ONE HARDBACK
BRAND NEW FIRST EDITION COPY OF
A RELIABLE WIFE BY ROBERT GOOLRICK
TO GIVE AWAY--Check my review here
This Giveaway will begin now and run until 6 PM, EST, Sunday, April 19

All you have to do is comment below with your email address. There will be only one entry per person this time. This is a book everyone will want to win, I promise!



US and Canada entries only, please!
No P.O. Boxes

Entrants must check this blog to find out if they won and email me with their address.

I will attempt to email the winner but just in case, if the winner does not reply or comment by 6 PM, EST, Monday, April 20, I will choose another winner. Thank you!


45 comments:

JessicaLeigh said...

Great interview!

I'd love to be entered in the giveaway!
My email is jessicaleigh4 (@) gmail (dot) com

ann marie said...

Thanks Bingo for the great interview and Happy Easter.

annmariebro(at)hotmail.com



ps. Loving the new website :)

Bingo said...

Thank you and same to you, Jessica and Ann Marie! I am really trying to see if I can fit one more moving bunny, egg, or Easter thing on but don't want to push the boundary of tasteful blogging, ya know :D

Amy said...

Already read the book and loved it but good job on getting such a great interview. :)

Debs Desk said...

Happy Easter and you blog looks great. Please include me in your giveaway.
Thanks
Debbie
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Debs Desk said...

Please include me in your giveaway.
Thanks
Debbie
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bermudaonion said...

Don't enter me - I just wanted to say I enjoyed the interview.

Neas Nuttiness said...

Thank you...and may your Easter be filled with joy and peace.

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rhapsodyinbooks said...

Wow, I'm dazzled again by your Easter site enhancements! and great interview!

Indigo said...

Please enter me for this drawing. It sounds like a great book to read! Thanks!

Hope your having a delightful Easter! Indigo

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Janel said...

Great interview! Taking a nap every afternoon sounds like a wonderful idea.

Please enter me!

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nfmgirl said...

I'd love the chance to win this book. Your review of it sounds great. Please count me in. Thank you!

NotNessie said...

Great interview... I would love to read this book!

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bridget3420 said...

I want in:)

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sharon54220 said...

First off, Happy Easter to you & your family.
Second, another great review from you. Third, I would love to win this book. Please enter me.
Thanks

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Annie said...

Please enter me for this book! I'd love to read it!


Thanks


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Kat Bryan said...

What a great review! It tempts the reader just enough and leaves them wanting more. Nice interview, too.

loves3cats said...

Thanks for the great interview and review. Would love to be entered. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

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Cheryl S. said...

Great interview & review - I'd love to read this book.

Please count me in - Thanks!
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Ian McEwan is quite the author
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Thanks

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carolasar said...

Thank you for the giveaway. I would love to read this.

Jennifer said...

Your review of this book is great! The book sounds interesting and intriguing, I would love to read it!

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tatertot374 said...

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LittleEagle said...

After this interview I am very interested in reading this book.

Anonymous said...

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Love to read and this book sounds great so would be a great win for me!!
Thanks

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I would love to read this. Thanks!
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JaniceH said...

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ellie said...

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.

Sheri S. said...

Great interview! I'd love to be entered to win this book :)

Amy said...

I'd love to win this one!
Thanks!
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Melissa said...

I'd love to win this one!! Thank you for stopping by my blog, I love yours as well!!

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