Lit Bit: British Aristocracy, California Royalty, and Me

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Richard Mineards has a distinguished career as a journalist. He covered the Royal Family for Britain’s Daily Mirror and Daily Mail before moving to New York to write for Star Magazine. He’s a regular on CBS, ABC, and CNN. After moving to Montecito (just outside Santa Barbara) about five years ago, he began covering the local celebrity scene.


When Thomas and Gail Steinbeck hosted me for a book event at Tecolote Books in Monteceto this past summer, Richard Mineards covered it in his weekly column for Montecito Journal.


Unfortunately, his column is print only, so I’m not able to share a copy here. In his weekly “Montecito Miscellany” column, Mineards wrote about Chris O’Donnell, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Paul Simon, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Douglass, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tommy Lee Jones, Drew Barrymore … and me!


“Author Eric Goodman is clearly on the right lines … his tome chronicles a single train journey from Baltimore to Chicago and the people on board, with each chapter about different characters, including a hitman, a Holocaust survivor, a former mobster, and a poet.


“Goodman is now finishing off his second work, Womb, he told me at a bijou launch bash at Tecolote, the lively literary lair in the Upper Village, hosted by his friends Thom and Gail Steinbeck.”


It was a brief five-paragraph bit in a celebrity column spanning several pages, but I was honored to be covered (in context with the Steinbecks) by someone used to covering Kings and Queens and Hollywood royalty.


Learn more about Richard Mindeards at Montecito Journal.


Learn more about Thomas Steinbeck and his great work at his website.


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Eric D. Goodman, Books Correspondent

Eric’s column, Lit Bit, is published regularly to Gather Essentials: Books.  Featuring bits on writing, writers, books, and literature, Lit Bit will fulfill your literary longings.

Eric is the author of Tracks: A Novel in Stories, published by Atticus Books and available at

Learn about Eric’s full-color, hardcover childrens’ book Flightless Goose.

His second novel, Womb, is with his literary agent.

As a full time writer and editor, his work has appeared in a number of periodicals, including The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Review, San Francisco Book Review,Writers Weekly, Barrelhouse, Potomac Review, Sacramento Book Review, The Arabesques Review, The Pedestal Magazine, The Potomac, JMWW, Freshly Squeezed, Scribble, Slow Trains, Barrelhouse, Whatever Literary Journal, Smile Hon You’re In Baltimore, Read Street, On Stage Magazine, Four-Cornered Universe, To Be Read Aloud, Neck of My Guitar, Travel Insights, Coloquio, Life in Me Like Grass on Fire, and New Lines from the Old Line State: An Anthology of Maryland Writers.

Join Eric on Facebook, Twitter, and at his literary blog, Writeful.

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