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Interview with an Author - Joseph Goodglass

Hey all! Welcome to another "Interview with An Author." And of course, a Happiest Halloween!

Today I have the privilege to interview Joseph Goodglass, author of The Barrens. So, Joe, what is the first story you remember telling (not necessarily writing)?

The first story I ever recall telling was the time I found a portal to another dimension in my backyard. I was four years old and already my imagination was running wild.

Are you sure it was your imagination?

You have a book published. Yay! Do you have a favorite character (and, if so, which one)?

My favorite character in The Barrens would have to be Jacob, the main protagonist. He is a real go-getter and tends to act on impulse, however this time he may have taken off a bit more than he can chew.

Interesting! Can't wait to read it!

What is your favorite activity to do in the summer? Winter?

I surf in the summer and ski in the winter.

Ooh, one I will (probably) never do, and the other I suck at. :)

What led you to start writing novels?

My childhood expeditions and adventures with my friends. I grew up in a very woodsy area where nature and personal events inspired me to first start writing.

Cats or dogs?


I love both, so we are good.

If you were to be gifted a superpower that you had to use continuously for 8 hours every day, what would it be?

The ability to manipulate space-time.

Ahh, that would be an excellent choice since the Tesseract and the Time stone are caput.

Star Trek or Star Wars?

Star Wars.

Again, I love both, so we can continue.

What is your favorite author/book?

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

The zombie apocalypse will happen in two days. You are fully stocked with food, water, and toilet paper. What is the one thing you will have stocked up on as your guilty pleasure?

My Nintendo Game Boy (the original version).

Mario Carts, anyone? :P

When is your favorite time to write?

After dusk.

Where do you draw inspiration? Real-life? Daydreams?

I tend to draw my inspiration from a range of things: nature, news events, personal experiences, fiction and cinema.


Tell us your favorite "dad/bad joke."

What kind of drink can be bitter and sweet?

Nice. Very nice.

Thank you so much for chatting. I wish you the very best. Shine on, Joe!

A young couple's weekend foray into the woods turns into a night of unimaginable terror…

When Jacob, a Princeton PhD student with an insatiable hunger for fame and fortune, convinces his best friend, Caleb, to shoot a documentary on the Jersey Devil for their DeBunkers YouTube Channel, the boys persuade their girlfriends, Hannah and Blake, to join them on a weekend getaway. The following morning, the group sets out for the Pine Barrens in search of the folk legend, bringing with them camping gear and recording equipment. Upon their arrival, Jacob receives a text message from GenX-82, an anonymous member of a local film crew who had shot footage of the Jersey Devil six months prior. In exchange for an interview, GenX agrees to take them to the Blue Hole, the site where the entity was last seen. However, halfway through their hike, Caleb is seriously injured, and the group loses contact with the outside world. With tension mounting as the night sets in, Jacob's trek through the Barrens soon becomes a descent into madness…"

About Joe ...

Joseph grew up in a small town off the coast of southern Maine where he started writing short stories inspired by New England folklore. He holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Princeton University and currently resides in the Bay Area.

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