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From Yale Med to Yale Ed.

It all started for Eric Goodman with his love for reading and then writing scripts for film, screenplays and then he started his non-fiction career freelancing for women magazines. Travel articles and blogs came next as he and his wife and their young child travelled through South-East Asia.

Eric published his first two novels in his 20’s – moving on a few years he’s just released his 6th novel, Cuppy and Stew.

This is a heart-wrenching tale of love, loss and a bit of luck.

The first part of the book tells a historical love story about how Susan Morgan, Eric’s (the author actual) wife, fills in missing pieces of her parent’s first meeting. Their love story. That’s what makes the beginning fiction. What makes this first half of the book historical, is the tragedy that followed. Susan and her sister’s parents were on board United flight 629 to Denver, which happened to be the first passenger flight on record that had been bombed. A psycho wanted to kill his mother and claim on her insurance and so stuck a bomb into her suitcase.

Sadly only 12 minutes into the flight the plane exploded killing everyone on board, including Susan and her sister’s parents, known lovingly as Cuppy and Stew. The girls were only 12 and 14 at the time.

What follows the next half is the story is how the two sisters grew through their grief by dealing with it in two different ways. However, both suffered emotional and physical abuse, as told in Susan’s memoirs.

The luck part comes into play, as their parents took out life insurance and instead of someone being the guardian of the money until the children came of age, Stew’s boss and lawyers had the sensible idea of having a bank keep the money until the girls were old enough to receive it. This payment allowed Susan to go to university, where she studied hard and then has had a prospering career. However, her sister took a different path. She never got to study, and sadly passed away earlier than she should.

If that story is not enough to grab your interest wait until you hear about the book he’s nearly finished called Curve Ball.

I enjoyed chatting with Eric and learning more about his incredible talent and the career he’s had so far. Enjoy this episode of Behind The Pen.

Find out more about Eric Goodman and take a look at all his books here.

What’s so special about a DOT?

About the book;
The book “The Story Of Dots…” is set against the backdrop of the author’s real life. It takes into account the experience that she had to handle in coping with friends, family, strangers, stranglers. It takes through a rollercoaster ride of the impact of social media. It talks about the voids in a person’s life and the need to grout it as & when required. It talks about the richness of the punctuations in English language specially the mere ‘dot’ with a focus on the power of words to make you feel low and high at different times. It takes you through the different time zones of the author’s life, all coinciding towards the fierce well, the dot. It encourages to fight the mental health issues created under the influence of the mingled yarns.

Review quote:

We all have heard of that phrase, ‘a friend in need is a friend indeed.’ Whenever there is trouble in life we always seek a friend who will listen to our problems.

But how many times can we express our feelings without having the fear of being judged by the same person? We can’t.

In the book named, ‘STORY OF DOTS…’ author Zarin Ali, starts by talking about her childhood memories and puts forward her various learnings so that we face our problems more consciously and make rational decisions at every step of our lives.

She beautifully explains the transition that she underwent while she was growing up, from being a child to a teenager, the way she became accustomed with the ways of the world.


The book, written in lucid language, is divided into nine chapters, is a must-read for all, especially the teenagers, who find it increasingly difficult to face the challenges in life.

Read the full review here. (Reviewed by Sayantani Sengupta)

About the author:

Zarin Ali, is an author of Indian origin born in Ahmedabad. After having an illustrious academic career in KV Ballyganje, Kolkata, she pursued the Masters in Applied Geology from Jadavpur University, Kolkata in 2017. Ever since, she has been an active geolog

ist in Exploration with a passion for writing, acting in monologues, short films & modelling.

Watch the interview I have with Zarin

Links

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/in-focus/280421/the-story-of-dots-by-zarin-ali-is-all-set-to-produce-refreshing-stor.html

https://grindsuccess.com/zarin-ali-author-of-the-story-of-dots

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm12524975/?ref_=tt_ov_dr

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14539974

https://www.amazon.in/dp/B091ZLRMKL?ref=myi_title_dp

Behind The Pen – episode 14

In this episode, I chat with award-winning memoir author, Charlene Jones.
She when through a horrific experience when she was younger and thanks to her travels and studies she was able to heal herself.
It was such an enlightening chat.
I hope you watch.