Opher Goodwin – An interview with the Author – Opher interviews Opher

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‘Good morning Opher, how are you?’

‘I’m fine, thank you, Opher. Good of you to ask.’

‘There are a lot of people out there interested in knowing what makes you tick.’


‘Do you mind if I ask you a few questions about yourself and your writing?’

‘No. Not at all. Fire away. Opher Goodwin is my favourite topic of conversation.’

‘How long have you been writing?’

‘I’ve been writing for nearly fifty years. I actually started writing seriously in 1969.’

‘So technically that is only 47 years, isn’t it?’

‘Yes, but sometimes I write very fast and pack a couple of years into one.’

‘So how many books have you written?’

‘I’ve actually written 58.’

‘You have 58 books published?’

‘No. I have only published thirty four so far.’

‘Why not the others?’

‘Give me time – I’m getting there.’

‘So why aren’t you on the best sellers lists?’

‘I don’t write blockbusters. I write from the heart. I write with passion and I do not always follow convention. Some of my novels are quite mainstream but some are very unconventional. I tend to write exactly what I like and not tailor it for a market or commercial interests. I’m not writing for money or fame. My books cover many different genres. I’m a maverick alternative writer.’

‘So why do you not take all the good advice and settle for producing a few books in a particular genre and set about properly publishing and marketing them so that you become known and sell a lot more?’

‘Because I don’t want to. I like writing what I like to write, when I like to write it and how I like to write it. I don’t like constraints. That’s like imprisoning my creativity.’

‘But you’d like to sell a lot more?’

‘I would like my books to be read. There’s a difference.’

‘So what are all these genres?’

‘My main two are Rock Music and the Sixties and Sci-Fi, but I do Beat poetry, experimental novels, antitheist novels, environmental books, education, art, and even travel. A lot of them come straight out of my own experience.’

‘Why aren’t you more successful?’

‘I think having all these books confuses people. They don’t know which one to go for. They do not know that I have been writing for so long and think I go for quantity and not quality.’

‘So what are the basic themes of your books?

‘The environment runs through most of them. I love animals and science. I’m a biologist. I despair at the destruction of the natural world by our burgeoning population and the lack of interest from our greedy, narrow-minded politicians. Then there is the love of loud Rock music and the ideals of the sixties and fifties. The alternative cultures of the Beats and Hippies. Also the power of education to overcome fascism and fundamentalism.’

‘You seem to have a thing about religion?’

‘Yes I do. I cannot understand why the whole world is in thrall to one of three medieval Middle Eastern cults. I do not deny that there are some great stories and good advice in those old writings but there is also so appalling intolerant and violent garbage. It boggles me that they can be claimed to be the exact word of god. I believe that religion has been used by powerful men to bolster their power; it has been used to create division and hatred. What was it about the writing of three Arab clans from a small area in the Middle East that has created such turmoil and ferment?’

‘But what about all the good religion does?’

‘The evil, intolerance and hatred outweighs all the good – we’d be better off without any of it.’

‘And the environment?’

‘We are trashing it. We are killing everything. In my life-time the teeming herds are being wiped out. The forests cleared and the insects decimated. All in the name of progress. For a fast buck. We have to stop!’

‘You sound like an angry man.’

‘I am angry. I hate what we are doing to the world. I hate the war, poverty and wanton destruction. I hate the cruelty thoughtlessness and greed. I hate the inequality, racism, sexism and disparity between rich and poor. We can solve all the problems overnight if we didn’t keep electing corrupt megalomaniacs to run the show.’

‘Do you think your writing will help solve all that?’

‘It’s all I can do. I write. There are millions of us out there who think like me. Together, through the web, we can make a difference. We can build a better zeitgeist and change the world for the better.’

‘Well thank you for being so candid.’

‘It’s always easy when you know what the questions are and they are tailored to the answers.’

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13 thoughts on “Opher Goodwin – An interview with the Author – Opher interviews Opher

  1. Nice formula Opher, don’t mention it. We at Gastradamus introduced this style to WordPress and we are seeing others like Opher putting it into place. It’s truly amazing to see blogs go up in numbers when they mimic our formula. Looks like the rich guys at Gastradamus are actually helping bloggers like yourself get more traffic flow, its no problem really. We at Gastradamus take care of our followers weather its someone level headed or maybe a little bit on the ignorant side. We have not forgotten your comment in the past and we would still like to have them in the future. Our last exchange should not prevent us from helping out each other. You are missed at Gastradamus and as a token of my affection I have decided to post my best story on your page, Hooters Favors Implants. Please folks, note that Gastradamus is the writer of this masterpiece and please followers of Opher, please come to Gastradamus and share your thoughts. Your comments of this particular story would be appreciated, preferably on here and my Gastradamus page that way this story gets the audience it deserves.

    Hooters Favors Implants
    Studies have shown that women with less makeup are far more attractive and less bitchy. I went to hooters on Friday night and had a server who had way too much makeup on. That waitress ended up being bitchy. She also looked like she had a plastic surgery gone wrong. The only things worth mentioning were her implants. After my poor experience at hooters, I decided that I wasn’t going back. So the next time I went out to eat was on a Saturday morning. I have the ability to go out to eat whenever I choose, because I’m what they call a brilliant writer. Anyway I decided to go to a place called ihop. When I sat down a beautiful server came up to me and asked if I would like anything to drink? I told her that I would like a coca cola. The waitress apologized and told me that they only had Pepsi. I was disappointed, but I told her that I would deal with the Pepsi. While I was waiting for my drink i looked to my left and noticed a bunch of syrups. They had maple syrup, blueberry syrup, strawberry syrup, huckaberry syrup, banana syrup, they had so many different syrups that it was unbelievable. The attractive women made her way back to my table and brought me the Pepsi and
    Apologized profusely for not having coke. This server obviously had the hots for me, I could tell, so I began to work my magic. It’s no problem at all, May I ask you something? What’s that? the server said. Is that face of yours natural beauty or are you wearing makeup? She blushed like a red hot tamale. She was spanish by the way and said she did not wear makeup. Do you know how we can make this Pepsi better, Gastradamus asked? How so, said the waitress? I reached to my left and took the blueberry syrup and poord it into my Pepsi, I then grabbed the straw that the waitress gave me, which is something I left out earlier in the story, but for something this interesting your going to keep reading and let the little things like grammer and punctuation go. Im not exactly sure what a run on sentence is either. So I began to stir the blueberry syrup and Pepsi with my straw. I looked into the eyes of the waitress and sipped the straw with confidence. She was Smiling at me, and once i finished my sip I told her that it was the best effing Pepsi I’d ever had.
    I don’t want to go into specifics, but that server ended up inviting me to her home and lets just say we snuggled, im a gentlemen, what can I say. That’s why when I was describing this story I never had a name for the server. Lets just say I got a lot more then her name. When I left her home, which was on a Sunday morning, that’s right we were snuggling the whole day. When I left her home she asked for my number, and I told her no. She began to get a little bitchy, but not nearly as bitchy as the hooters waitress who whore makeup.

    1. Well Gastradamus. Thank you for commenting on my blog. You certainly have a high opinion of yourself and your influence.
      I’m not sure that your piece is particularly profound though and it’s peppered with spellos. We’ll see what everyone thinks.

      1. I wish you luck with your site. I personally like stuff with more relevance to the social, political, environmental, creative side of things.
        We’ll see what response your piece has.

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