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While I am most comfortable writing complex plot lines, intriguing premises, and detailed characters, I am particularly comfortable writing about unpleasant and unexpected things happening to these characters.

The word suspense can be shortly defined as "anxiety or a state of uncertainty or excitement about the outcome of something." When reading my work, expect to see likable characters killed off, plots twisted to stifle happy endings, gray skies and cold.

My work spans a few different themes: mostly thriller/suspense, horror, and sci-fi. I also write some young adult themes of adventure and discovery.

I grew up reading stuff like Willard Price, Hardy Boys, Robert Arthur Jr., Edgar Rice Burroughs, Whitley Streiber, Stephen King, James Cl
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Erik Goddard Dinotopia. I would like to hang out in the city and surrounding area, observing and writing about it or painting/sketching what I saw. Maybe take some…moreDinotopia. I would like to hang out in the city and surrounding area, observing and writing about it or painting/sketching what I saw. Maybe take some flying lessons. I would write--no shortage of material--and document what I saw. From the account left by those shipwrecked there, it seems to be quite a scientifically advanced society and I would like to see what their view of the outside world looks like--if it exists to them.(less)
Erik Goddard After closing all the windows and doors she crouched and waited as the incessant knocking continued. From the corner of her eye she saw the shadow cro…moreAfter closing all the windows and doors she crouched and waited as the incessant knocking continued. From the corner of her eye she saw the shadow crossing the wall.(less)
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Recipe for (suspense plot) Confusion

When you start considering one plot scenario and an exciting twist occurs to you, and then another, and you start twisting things around until you wind up with something like a baseball game with several teams and about 10 bases. Oh, and something like four home plates.

Recipe for (in this case, suspense/crime) plot confusion:

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First Contact and Time Travel - a collection of essays and fiction by Serbian scholar and author Zoran Živković.

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"A celebration of scientific ingenuity and man's unfailing spirit to survive, The Martian left me astounded and exhilarated. It made me laugh, think, and hope, and along the way, it captured my imagination and my heart.

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"When Artemis first came out I started seeing lots of one and two star reviews. Not wanting to spoil the book, I didn't read them very in depth. But, the star situation had me concerned as I was looking forward to this book as I enjoyed The Martian ve" Read more of this review »
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“She got to her feet instantly, overcome by the sudden need to get to the matches. She groped her way across the floor, got to the night stand and felt for the box. She opened it, took out a match, and lit it. She nearly had to squint in the sudden flare of brightness as the sulfury smell hit her nose. The pulsing circle of light that surrounded her right hand was so warm and welcome she almost felt like crying. When the match nearly burned down, she lit another, then found the candle and lit it. When it was going, the warm glow made the place look much different. It brought out the color of the wood all around her. It also made the shadows look even darker off in the corners, where the light didn’t reach.”
Erik Goddard, The Kidnapping of Sarah Easton

“She continued to stare at the floor. She felt herself starting to cry.
“Come on, say it: ‘I only wanted the knife.’”
“Tony,” Jane said, “enough.”
Tony bent down and picked up the knife. “Oh stop crying, Sarah. This is what you were after, wasn’t it? Or did you want to practice bending spoons or something?” He turned, showed the knife to Jane, standing somewhere near the ladder. “Check this out. Little one thought she’d try to take a knife.”
“But why?” Jane said in a baby voice. “To stab us?”
Sarah suddenly stalked past Tony. Jane stepped aside as she went for the ladder. She climbed it as fast as she could.
“That’s right, get upstairs, high society!” Tony called after her.
Sarah ran to the cot and sank down, face in her pillow.
“And no more food, by the way! Remember the half-eaten sandwich down here, ‘cuz the dogs are getting it. You just lost mess hall privileges.”
Erik Goddard, The Kidnapping of Sarah Easton

“Today was the fourth—third—no, fourth day of this.
Was it?
She was briefly mortified. Yes, it was the fourth day. The third full day. How long was it supposed to go on? Ian had made it sound like he wanted a quick resolution. But what was going on elsewhere? By now Brandon and Cheryl would have been in touch somehow. Hopefully they would have called each other and started something. The gears might be rolling.
She suddenly became aware of the silence. The furniture moving had stopped. The muffled conversation had stopped. No more whispering.
She stood up. The silence was now uncomfortable. Seconds passed.
“SARAH!” Tony’s voice.
She felt herself jump backward. She watched the square, waiting.”
Erik Goddard, The Kidnapping of Sarah Easton

“I do not employ researchers, nor did I conduct any primary research using the Internet. I need physical contact with my sources, and there's only one way to get it. To me every trip to a library or archive is like a small detective story. There are always little moments on such trips when the past flares to life, like a match in the darkness. On one such visit to the Chicago Historical Society, I found the actual notes that Prendergast sent to Alfred Trude. I saw how deeply the pencil dug into the paper.”
Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
Frank Herbert, Dune

“She continued to stare at the floor. She felt herself starting to cry.
“Come on, say it: ‘I only wanted the knife.’”
“Tony,” Jane said, “enough.”
Tony bent down and picked up the knife. “Oh stop crying, Sarah. This is what you were after, wasn’t it? Or did you want to practice bending spoons or something?” He turned, showed the knife to Jane, standing somewhere near the ladder. “Check this out. Little one thought she’d try to take a knife.”
“But why?” Jane said in a baby voice. “To stab us?”
Sarah suddenly stalked past Tony. Jane stepped aside as she went for the ladder. She climbed it as fast as she could.
“That’s right, get upstairs, high society!” Tony called after her.
Sarah ran to the cot and sank down, face in her pillow.
“And no more food, by the way! Remember the half-eaten sandwich down here, ‘cuz the dogs are getting it. You just lost mess hall privileges.”
Erik Goddard, The Kidnapping of Sarah Easton

“She got to her feet instantly, overcome by the sudden need to get to the matches. She groped her way across the floor, got to the night stand and felt for the box. She opened it, took out a match, and lit it. She nearly had to squint in the sudden flare of brightness as the sulfury smell hit her nose. The pulsing circle of light that surrounded her right hand was so warm and welcome she almost felt like crying. When the match nearly burned down, she lit another, then found the candle and lit it. When it was going, the warm glow made the place look much different. It brought out the color of the wood all around her. It also made the shadows look even darker off in the corners, where the light didn’t reach.”
Erik Goddard, The Kidnapping of Sarah Easton

“Today was the fourth—third—no, fourth day of this.
Was it?
She was briefly mortified. Yes, it was the fourth day. The third full day. How long was it supposed to go on? Ian had made it sound like he wanted a quick resolution. But what was going on elsewhere? By now Brandon and Cheryl would have been in touch somehow. Hopefully they would have called each other and started something. The gears might be rolling.
She suddenly became aware of the silence. The furniture moving had stopped. The muffled conversation had stopped. No more whispering.
She stood up. The silence was now uncomfortable. Seconds passed.
“SARAH!” Tony’s voice.
She felt herself jump backward. She watched the square, waiting.”
Erik Goddard, The Kidnapping of Sarah Easton

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