|Bothell man uses storytelling to share his explorations with kids|
|Written by Deborah Stone|
Leonard Goodisman takes note of the world around him.
He is an observer of nature and it is within the environment that he finds inspiration for his stories.
"I have a little hobby farm," explains the Bothell man. "And my ideas often come from the little things I see happening while I’m working outside. Stories form in my mind and somehow they are always geared towards kids and the way kids see things. The ideas sit with me for awhile until I can’t keep them inside any longer. I let them out through my writing."
Goodisman has been a writer for most of his life, though most of his work has never been formally published.
His first book to hit the market was "Detective A: The Case of the Missing Silver Spoon" (Book Publishers Network, 2008), a story about an 8 year-old detective who’s hot on the trail to find his mother’s missing heirloom.
His second, "Princess Bea" (Tate Publishing Company, 2010), is now available in bookstores and online.
It’s an enchanting, coming-of-age tale that takes readers to a magical world.
In the story, Princess Bea sits in the hollow of a tree, waiting for a terrible storm to pass.
But, despite her best efforts, her home falls apart and she is whisked away into the elements.
She encounters a series of adventures as she seeks protection, friends and a new home.
"This little creature is buffeted by nature," explains Goodisman. "She is washed into a river, encounters a big, vicious dog and has to deal with several problems along the way with the help of other creatures in the woods."
He adds, "The message of the story is that life can be difficult and you need friends, hope and confidence to get you through the tough times. There’s also the theme of nature and our need to respect it because it can be our ally, but it can also be our foe."
Goodisman took about a year to write the book, as it went through a number of edits. It took him the same amount of time to find a publisher.
"That was the most challenging part of it all," he comments. "The publishing industry is changing rapidly and it was hard to find a company that was going to promise to take an interest in seriously marketing my book."
The local man hopes to get the book into the hands of as many kids as possible, as he thinks that beyond entertainment, the story can give young readers insight, hope and joy.
Goodisman tries to discipline himself to write each day, but sometimes he gets too busy to sit down and put in the necessary hours.
A longtime manager of software development, Goodisman retired, only to take on a position as a mathematics instructor at Cascadia Community College.
"It was supposed to be part time, but this quarter I find myself doing it fulltime," he comments ruefully. "My goal was to work just a little so I could devote myself more to my writing."
The Bothell man is eager to see the reception his book gets, as he already has finished one sequel to the story and is currently writing a second. "The ideas just keep coming," he says.