Dennis Goodwin

Biography

I am a free-lance historical nonfiction writer based out of Snellville, Georgia (near Atlanta).  For over forty years, I have had an interest in writing about the American West, early entertainment, the Civil War period, and basically anything that catches my attention.  I have written a number of books of short stories, as well as numerous articles for magazines like Wild West, True West, and Old West.   My wife, Joan, has valiantly put up with my chronic writing addiction throughout the years...bless her heart.

Books

Pieces of Time - Bluegrass, Folk & Western Lyrics
Price: Free! Words: 29,500. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Lyrics, Nonfiction » Music » Lyrics
The bluegrass, folk, and western song lyrics in the first section are available for co-writing. If you are interested in working up a melody to any of them, please let me know and I'll put it on a 3-month co-writing hold. The second section consists of those that have been recorded by various artists and groups, which I would love to have you add to your jam sessions.
Writing "Non-boring" Nonfiction
Price: Free! Words: 22,590. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing & books
A writing manual for nonfiction writers, which focuses on techniques to pump life into nonfiction writing. It points out that the same techniques that fiction writers have used for decades, can make true-life stories come alive without sacrificing accuracy.
Lives and Times
Price: Free! Words: 58,910. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Adventurers & explorers, Nonfiction » Biography » Historical biography
The individuals who walk through the pages of this book were not historical figures who strolled around wondering why they were "living in the past." They were too busy living in the present - which we now inhabit. Some of the individuals & events covered include: The Russian "Night Witches," Nellie Bly, Abigale Scott Duniway, the first footprints on the moon, and the courageous Little Rock Nine
Brass Bands and Snake Oil Stands
Price: Free! Words: 76,560. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Biography
From the gleaming gold and silver stream of the great circus street parades, to the pounding of the tambourines of the raucous minstrel shows, the sights and sounds of our country's early entertainment are filled to the brim with a restless energy. Annie Oakley, the "Boston Bird Man," "Slick and Sleepy" and all the rest, rise from the dusty pages of history and live again in this colorful book.
Out of the West
Price: Free! Words: 63,630. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Biography
Out of the West contains twenty-two true stories of colorful characters and incidents in the Old West. As the intriguing parade of true-life pioneers step into your world, you will drift into a time when traveling across our country wasn't filled with restless children asking "Are we there yet?" It was too often interspersed with prayers of "Lord, help us get there before we freeze to death!"
Fate, Flukes, and Fame in Country and Bluegrass Music
Price: Free! Words: 65,210. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Country, Nonfiction » Music » Bluegrass
This "non-boring" nonfiction book highlights the quirks of fate and chance happenings that switched on the spotlight for many of our Country and Bluegrass music legends. The book highlights the unexpected paths of such legends as Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, Loretta Lynn, Flatt and Scruggs, Roy Acuff, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, the Stanley Brothers, and Johnny Cash.
More Ten-minute Tales
Price: Free! Words: 74,570. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Historical biography
Another collection of read-aloud true short stories of notable people and events, arranged by the month of the person's birthday or the event's anniversary. As with the first book, some are famous; some not so famous. All, though, are colorful slices of history. The individuals covered include Norman Rockwell, Jack Benny, Charles Lindbergh, Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt, and Charlie Chaplin.
Ten-minute Tales
Price: Free! Words: 78,620. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Historical biography
This book is a collection of read-aloud true short stories of notable people and events, arranged by the month of the person's birthday or the event's anniversary. Some are famous; some not so famous. All are colorful slices of history. The subjects include such individuals as Martin Luther King, Elvis Presley, and Annie Oakley - as well as the origins of Disneyland, early television, and radio.