MEET MEREDITH GOOD
Meredith Good lives in Wrightsville Beach, NC, but if she's not there, chances are she can be found wandering the halls of Graceland, crossing the ocean aboard a cruise ship, or enjoying happy hour on a beach in a land far, far away.
During the days, Meredith works from 9AM to PM so she can afford to travel, but she's lucky enough to work from her laptop, so she can work anywhere. When off the clock, Meredith enjoys paddle-boarding, boxing, Muay Thai, sipping bourbon, reading, writing, and listening to the timeless tunes of Elvis Presley.
The Pursuit or Craze is Meredith's first novel, and although she sometimes thinks she's a glutton for punishment, she is currently working on her second book.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW BOOK.
The Pursuit of Craze is about 7 wicked creatures - the Nephilim, who come to Earth to wreak havoc in the life of a rock star, sired by one of their own. The only one who can stop them is our blonde haired, blue-eyed Southern protag, Allie Trask. Allie, our rock star’s girlfriend, turns the Nephilim’s wickedness right back on them in the most inventive of ways, so if sex, drugs, & rock 'n roll ain’t your thing, this one might not be your cup of sweet tea.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE TITLE FOR THIS BOOK?
It just popped into my head one day while on a walk, and has felt right every second since. Just one of those things.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK? IS IT PART OF A SERIES?
I’ve always been curious about the Nephilim, ever since reading about them in the Old Testament as a kid, and then in Madeleine L’Engle’s book Many Waters. It was fun writing an adult story-line for those maniacs, and letting them loose on the streets of Hollywood. I see it as a three-parter, but am working on something totally different at the moment.
HOW MUCH OF YOUR BOOK IS BASED ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES OR THOSE OF SOMEONE YOU KNOW?
For better or worse, there are slices of me in every character. I found that to be the toughest part of the process. I can write all day, but laying bare the most vulnerable part of me - my brain? Now that’s a challenge.
WHAT KIND OF RESEARCH WENT INTO WRITING YOUR BOOK?
I already spend a lot of time in L.A., I just like it there. I also went through a rock-star phase, so the strip clubs and dive bars naturally followed. Other than that, I just pulled the rest from my brain. All of that useless information gathered over time, turned out to not be quite so useless in the end! Go figure….
WAS THERE A MESSAGE IN YOUR BOOK THAT YOU WERE TRYING TO CONVEY?
Yes! But not sure I conveyed it well enough as no one has mentioned it thus far. I have 7 Nephilim characters, each representing a deadly sin, and the book is a discussion of which sin I think is the deadliest.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD CHANGE ABOUT YOUR BOOK? How many copies it has sold….
IF YOUR BOOK WOULD BE MADE INTO A FILM, WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY THE LEADS?
Myself, of course, for the lead. Just kidding. I’d prefer new faces. There’s a lot of untapped talent in the world, why not give the rookies a chance? Or if Jason Momoa wanted to play all 7 Nephilim, I guess that would be ok too, hah.
DESCRIBE YOUR WRITING STYLE.
I like succinct, flowing, and clever, so that’s what I shoot for. I read aloud as I edit, and if the words don’t flow, it ain’t a go.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST LESSON YOU HAD TO LEARN AS A WRITER?
It’s all hard, until you get that chuck under the chin one day, otherwise known as a publishing contract. I had to accept that I wasn’t just dealing with editors and agents who had zero vision, but that maybe the product I was peddling just wasn’t good enough. And it wasn’t, so I kept working, and then one day it was.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU FACE AS A WRITER? Mental fortitude. I work about 50 hours a week at my day job, so it can be a real challenge having enough brain space leftover to write novels when all I really want to do is hit the bars or binge watch The Office.
WHO WAS YOUR FIRST PUBLISHER AND WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM THEM?
Solstice - this is my first published book. So I guess you could say I’ve learned every step of the process from the gang at Solstice. I love it all, too. The cover art, the proofreads, you name it.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR NEW WRITERS?
Learn, let it swell, let it sting, and Just. Keep. Going.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE WRITERS?
P.G. Wodehouse - I think Bertie and Jeeves are a little slice of comedic magic. Dickens, Hemingway, Bill Bryson - that guy could read the phone book and I’d buy the audio. Marian Keyes, Maeve Binchy, and Kate Morton for the women's - if I could do it half so well, I’d be very proud.
WHAT ARE YOU READING NOW?
Listening to Thank You, Jeeves by Wodehouse and reading One Summer by Bill Bryson. Both repeats.
WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?
There are times I feel so little, I briefly wonder if I’m a psychopath. Then I’ll catch a clip of something like Champions on Netflix, about the redemption of fighting dogs, and cry so hard I can barely breathe. In other words, I guess I’m female.
IF YOU COULD MEET ANYONE WHO EVER LIVED, PAST OR PRESENT, WHO WOULD THAT BE?
My immediate thought would be Elvis, but knowing me I’d get nervous, say something awkward or overly familiar, and regret the moment for eternity. So I’ll say Jesus. But I’d just watch him, see if I could pick up any tips.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOWS AND MOVIES?
I think the best movie of all time is The Godfather, but my favorite movie is A Bronx Tale. I saw it in the theater 9 times when it first came out. Maybe I should keep factoids like that to myself - makes me sound unhinged.
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC TOUCHES YOUR SOUL?
WHAT DO YOU WANT WRITTEN ON YOUR HEADSTONE?
I’m being cremated - claustrophobic. But my marker can read - Welcome to Graceland, because that’s where I’d like to be spread. Or I guess you could divvy me up, and my other marker can read Welcome to Bali!
DO YOU HAVE A BLOG OR WEBSITE READERS CAN VISIT FOR UPDATES, EVENTS AND SPECIAL OFFERS?
I have a dusty blog that hasn’t been updated in 2 years. Must do better. I’ll pick it up again one day. For now, follow me on Instagram. No dust collecting on that site.
On a whim, Allie Trask packed up her Southern roots, and moved to L.A. to be with her new love- the darkly captivating metal singer, Daemon Craze, leaving North Carolina and the painful memories of her parents’ deaths behind. And it’s all coming up aces for her, until the day she comes home to find seven raven-haired strangers in their living room. Daemon, usually a force to be reckoned with, won’t make eye contact, Allie’s arm hair is standing on end, and all in all something just ain’t right.
Worse than that, actually, she finds, once she digs a little deeper into the newcomers. Family they may be, but human they are not, and she soon learns their true intention- to eliminate her beloved, as Daemon’s very existence is the damning evidence of prior misdeeds. And after witnessing a murder, and accidentally committing one against the creatures herself, Allie shifts into action.
Stepping way out of her comfort zone, and using the only weapons available to her on short notice— sex, drugs, rock & roll, taser guns, and stripper poles, she goes after the creatures one by one, and proves that behind her sweet southern charms, it is she, after all, who is the true force to be reckoned with.