Monday, July 27, 2020

The 7th Riddle: Episode One

What would you do if you won an opportunity of a lifetime? However, to claim the prize, you had to solve seven riddles. Would you do it? What would be the stake or danger?  Find out in today's author interview with Athena Goodman and her book, "The 7th Riddle."

The 7th Riddle: Episode One Kindle Edition

by Athena Goodman  (Author)

CHARLES DEVEAUX won the opportunity of a lifetime! An invitation to solve seven riddles and win one million dollars! He was sure that this was going to be the thing that would finally get him away from the life of hustle he had been leading all these years.

The event was hosted in New York, a place he hadn't been in 14 years but he would make this exception. After all, he did have the advantage. An investment firm run by seven of the most beautiful women in the world and the acquaintance of the one man who could solve any riddle! How could he lose?

He was absolutely convinced that his time had come. Little did he know, that the past was making sure that it did!


·       File Size: 614 KB
·       Print Length: 17 pages
·       Publisher: Just Believe Publishing Group; 1 edition (July 28, 2020)
·       Publication Date: July 28, 2020
·       Sold by: Services LLC
·       Language: English
·       ASIN: B087YT91Y7

Athena Goodman

Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

Athena Goodman was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands and was brought to Boston, MA, a couple of weeks after the infamous blizzard of ‘78. By the age of nine, she had discovered a misunderstood passion in her heart to write words that would impact the world. Her arrival to the quaint, yet sedate Boston town had given her many opportunities over the years to carve out the beginnings of this fragile destiny. Goodman's writing career began as a feature story writer in high school where her first story appeared in the Harvard Gazette. In Virginia, she wrote for the Sundial Newspaper at a boarding college then named Randolph-Macon Women’s College. Later, she attended Radcliff College where she took graduate writing and editing classes then went to Harvard University, where her love for children’s literature was developed. Harvard’s Women’s Society later gave her the opportunity to recite the first poem she had ever written at age nine entitled “Smile.” Throughout the years, she had written many other poems, some of which were published in National Anthologies. Her Children's fictional writing included a play called “A Thanksgiving to Remember,” which she wrote overnight for her Sunday school class that she produced, directed, and choreographed in 1999 with a cast of over 21 children and one adult. In 2003, she received an honorable mention for her children’s story as a first time conferee and current member of St. David’s Christian Writers Conference.

What inspired you to author this book?

I’ve always been passionate about literature in general. I appreciate the beauty and art of writing. I love reading books and seeing so many perspectives in different minds of authors. But it never occurred to me to be in a position to craft my own book. I really just enjoyed writing as a way to keep my mind open to discussions, and expressing my thoughts as well as keep channeling my mind. It was when I happened to open a fortune cookie and suddenly, the idea and interest to create a storyline about fortune cookies and revenge came into being.

Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

Growing up, I have always been so fascinated with studying history and its representations. One in particular is the creation of pyramids. Pyramids may seem to be just a normal structure that attracts millions of tourists but if you dig a little deeper, have a lot of stories behind it; from cultural representation to social upbringing. Now, pyramids are considered to be one of the world’s seven wonders because of its mysterious elaborate burials and hieroglyphics. From there, I have gained inspiration. Making the cover detailed with the right texts, color, layout, and imagery that would contain a mood of mystery. The cover also contains several clues for the contests we will be holding over the next 14 months of the series launch!

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

If I would recall the hard work and effort in creating this book from then and now, and know why I kept pushing myself to my limits, I'd always go back to my core; it is my daughter. As a mother of a visually impaired child, I wanted to take the series of children’s books she had written as a source of entertainment for her friends and classmates and publish them for her to keep and cherish. There’s no such thing that could ever make me feel genuinely happy but to see my child enjoying her safe space. Later on, I found myself indulged with this craft, and continued writing as it also became a therapeutic venue for me especially after traveling around the world to do missionary works.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

There were a lot of times that I had to rethink and reschedule this project because of my unavailability due to a busy work environment. It was when the pandemic started and I got the chance to stay more at home that I decided to push through with this project. Though there were hesitations because of the news circulating around the world, and how this global crisis affected not just our global economy but as well as our personal lives, I still decided to take the leap of faith. Luckily, I was fortunate enough to find people with different expertise and talents in their respective fields to be able to work with me. They helped with everything from editing to marketing which helped me lessen my workloads.

Tell your readers about your book.

Our book, The 7th Riddle Book Series being at #1 on Amazon hottest new release bestseller list is not your typical ebook story. This is not just about characters with creative storylines. This includes mind games and prizes. The 7th Riddle Book is a suspense and thriller series that dives into different murder mysteries around the world. Different characters from different walks of life will be participating in a contest that will challenge their skills and solve riddles for a shot of winning a huge amount of prize. But this is not easy, every clue can come from readers. This is a 7 episode book series spanning over 14 months.

Who is your target audience, and why?

Our target audience is people who are passionate about reading books, especially on suspense and thriller genres, people who are interested in mind games as we will also be launching a gaming app, bloggers and influencers who love making book reviews, business stakeholders with influence on book marketing as they are also beneficial to the overall promotion of the project. More than that, we also want to target young people in this generation who lose their passion for reading and writing and people who are stressed. We want to give them the platform to get involved with a storyline; both entertaining and challenging, and find themselves in the comfort of our book. The storyline also tells people how to critically solve and invest in their skills in solving the riddles as they finish the series. This will test their cognitive skills.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

I think as a parent, it will always be being able to see your kids succeed in their life paths. Being able to raise two amazing kids who have surpassed and have done more of what I had remarkably achieved, is my greatest success. It is never an understatement. There will always be that sense of pride in seeing your kids take the extra mile in their achievements. Of course, success shouldn’t be measured by how far they can go but also the journey and failures they were able to overcome while always staying their feet grounded and values intact.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

I write to make my readers feel a sense of belongingness in my book. I also give not only hope, entertainment, and information through my book but also give back to my society in any way I can.