A New Project

At a recent reading, a fellow author suggested that I had invented a new genre: retelling of historically-significant books nearly lost to memory. With “Vanya Says, ‘Go!'” I attempted to rescue a groundbreaking work but revisiting and retelling the story. There was no reason why I could not do the same with other, similar books.
After some research, I decided upon my next project, a retelling of the “first American Gay novel,” Bayard Taylor’s “Joseph and His Friend: A Pennsylvania Story.” First published as a serial for “The Atlantic” in 1869, “Joseph” was an homage to Taylor’s poet friend, Fitz-Greene Halleck, who had recently died. The original attempted to tell a tale of “love stronger than brotherly love,” but because of the conservative moral climate at the time, much of the intimacy had to be hidden behind coded language and veiled phrases. I am attempting to tell the story more openly and with a more modern style.
Better Angels-Cover
A sample of the first chapter of “Better Angels” is available on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/waynegoodmanbooks/

Russian Around

I had the honor of reading at an event yesterday for the launch of Olga Zilberbourg’s book of short stories published in Moscow. As the topic was Russian-American literature, I spoke about and read from my book, “Vanya Says, ‘Go!'” because it was originally written in Russian and I retold it in English. The feedback was quite positive (although no one bought any books), and one of the other authors gave me some motivation to continue this new genre I seem to have created. The other readers read from their own works or favorites. A great afternoon!

Vanya’s Second (and final) Blog Tour Week

vanya-front-cover-4For the week of January 30 through February 3, Vanya visited the following blogs:

L.M.Brown:
https://lmbrownauthor.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/vanya-says-go-a-retelling-of-mikhail-kuzmins-wings/

A.L. Boyd:
https://alboyd9.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/blog-tour-vanya-says-go-by-wayne-goodman.html

Lexiander:
http://lexiander.blogspot.com/2017/01/interview-wayne-goodman-with-vanya-says.html

Prism Book Alliance:
http://www.prismbookalliance.com/2017/02/wayne-goodman-on-vanya-says-go-a-retelling-of-mikhail-kuzmins-wings-exclusive-excerpt-rafflecopter-giveaway/

Anne Barwell:
http://anne-barwell.livejournal.com/221216.html

and Moon Angel:
http://moonangel23.blogspot.com/2017/02/spotlight-excerpt-giveaway-vanya-says-go.html

A book giveaway has been offered. As soon as I know more, I will post the details.

The Blog Tour Begins!

vanya-front-cover-4I have enlisted the services of Embrace the Rainbow, a woman in London who promotes LGBTQ books on various book blogs. The run is from January 23 through February 3.

So far, the listing has appeared on:

The Novel Approach: http://www.thenovelapproachreviews.com/guest-post-excerpt-and-giveaway-vanya-says-go-by-wayne-goodman/

MMBookEscape:
https://mmbookescape.com/blog-kathy-mac-reviews/2017/1/23/blogtour-vanya-says-go-by-wayne-goodman-with-exclusive-excerpt-giveaway

Bayou Book Junkie:
http://bayoubookjunkie.blogspot.com/2017/01/blog-tour-vanya-says-go-by-wayne.html

Kirsty Loves Books:
https://kirstylovesbooks.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/tour-vanya-says-go-by-wayne-goodman/

My Fiction Nook:
http://www.myfictionnook.com/2017/01/blogtour-vanya-says-go-by-wayne-goodman.html

Addison Albright’s Stories that Make You Smile:
In the Spotlight! Vanya Says, “Go!” by Wayne Goodman

The Kimi Chan Experience:
http://kimichanexperience.com/vanya-says-go-wayne-goodman-blog-tour-excerpt-giveaway/

Because Two Men Are Better than One:
BLOG TOUR and GIVEAWAY: Vanya Says “Go!” by Wayne Goodman

and the Triple A Book Blog
https://www.facebook.com/TripleABookBlog/

More to follow!