Barb Goffman: Method Writing is Murder

Hope you’re all enjoying the holidays! For a special treat, I’m sharing a video I did with multi-published, multi-award winning short story author, Barb Goffman. 1f12dc3352207d823b40716dacfa790a_8bwn

Barb has been nominated for the Agatha Award seven times, the Pushcart Award once, the Macavity twice — winning the latter in 2013 and also the Silver Fachion Award for the best single-author mystery short story collection published in 2013.

Anyone need a holiday gift? Not even the fussiest recipient can complain about receiving Barb’s great short story collection, Don’t Get Mad, Get Even,  this holiday season.

In the meantime, enjoy this interview where Barb tells me how Santa and those naughty elves ended up in one of her recent stories. If the file doesn’t load, please update your Adobe. And to leave a comment, please click HERE or scroll to the bottom.

81fGiQN+XVL._SL1500_ And in the mystery spirit, let us know what might incite you to go over the edge and push you toward murder? Is murder ever justified?


Do you prefer full length novels, shorter novellas, or a book of shorts?

Happy Holidays!



About Diana Belchase

I am an author, who won the Golden Heart for my suspense novel "The Spy in the Mirror" and was a Golden Heart finalist, once again, for my second novel, "The Spy in the Harem." I am also a triple Daphne Du Maurier finalist for three other books. Please follow me at my website:, or friend/follow me on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter or on my YouTube Channel: See you there!

Posted on December 2, 2014, in Author Interview, book recommendations, Diana Belchase and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. Barb’s stories sound great, Diana. I used to be a full-length novel girl myself, but lately I’m finding a lot of joy in getting my reading fix in short form. Like Barb said, it’s nice to be able to fit in a complete story, even if you only have 20 minutes or so. I’m also interested in trying to write them, whether to publish or just to play.

    As for murder, I’d like to think I couldn’t kill someone unless I was defending myself or someone I love, but you never know what will push someone over the edge. I’m writing a character who was abused right now, and I can see the frustration of being helpless and afraid with no recourse. Thanks!

  2. Another great interview, Diana!
    I much much prefer long novels. I only read for emotion and there just isn’t enough in most of the novellas I read. My favorite novellas are about a couple who’ve already had their HEA in a longer book and are facing a difficult period in their marriage because they already show up on the page loaded with emotion I’ve already connected with. Make sense? 🙂

    As for the other question. I always tell my kids, I’m the first one dead in the zombie apocalypse (or any other kind of apocalypse) but if someone even looks twice at my kids, I will take down not just them, but an entire nation. Still, at heart I’m a wimp and a pacifist. (just don’t touch my kids!)

  3. Kathleen Rockwood

    A great video featuring a fastastic short story author! Thank you for sharing this!

  4. Thanks, Diana, for posting this interview.

    Gwen, regarding committing murder, I think for most (I hope) people, murder would never be something they’d consider doing. But sometimes, when people are pushed against the wall, they suddenly find themselves doing things they’d never imagine. Good luck with your short-story writing.

    Carey, here’s an easy way to remember who/whom: If the corresponding word is he or she, it’s who. If the corresponding word is him or her, it’s whom. Example: With WHOM are you going to the store? I’m going with HER. (You’d never say: I’m going with she.) Second example: WHO broke the vase? SHE did. You’d never say: Her did, or her broke the vase. I hope that helps.

    And thanks, Sharon and Kathleen, for your kind words!

  5. LOVED this interview! I want to read the Elf story!

  6. Welcome to K&T, Barb! These short stories sound wonderful. I love character driven mysteries. I tend to favor novels, but your book sounds like the perfect antidote to holiday madness 🙂

    Diana, another wonderful interview! Thank you for sharing it with us.

  7. Barb’s comments about being a “method” writer are right on target! Thank you for the great interview with Barb!

  8. Thank you Lena, Krista, and Victoria for listening to the interview. I hope you enjoy my stories. And thanks, again, Diana, for interviewing me. 🙂 Anyone interested in learning more can check out my website: I also provide freelance editing services. You can reach me through the website to learn more.

  9. I google plus the interview…loved it…I too get into the character that I write.

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