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She points out that her Carol Goodman and Juliet Dark novels share the same core: a strong, intelligent female narrator who can make big mistakes, "so there's vulnerability," and a strong sense of place. "I hope some of my readers will follow me from one to the other," she says a bit wistfully. Those who might not include her mother, who pronounced The Demon Lover "not my cup of tea," adding loyally, "though I can tell that it's good." Goodman explains, "She's a mystery reader, but she's not into fantasy. I lose her when the fairies start popping out."
Undaunted, she's planning a young adult trilogy for Viking Penguin, with the working title A Darkness of Angels; its credited author may be Carol Goodman or some new incarnation, joining the magical pack in the house outside Red Hook. Whatever her name, she's in very good company.
Carol Goodman will read at SUNY New Paltz's Honors Center on March 27 at 5pm.