Christopher Goodrum

Biography

Christopher Goodrum writes on the go. That is how he would describe how he prefers to write. He still prefers the old way of writing: putting pen to paper, even in this age of laptops and tablets,

Starting with comedic skits for talent shows at a young age, Goodrum quickly found his knack for humor and the art of screwball comedies. His later years transformed his work from skits to dramatic plays, having scripted, performed, and directed an one-act play for the senior class of his high school as well as scripted original dialogue for his high school's Broadway Revue show. All the while, he begun his adventures in writing novels and teleplays. After a few years, he shifted his focus on honing his craft in writing novels: particularly in the genres of science fiction and fantasy.

Goodrum is an entertainer at heart. A self-proclaimed jack-of-all-trades in this field. He acted and directed; sung and danced; composed, recorded, and performed musical scores; played the piano; briefly tried stand-up; and learned the art of improvisation. He performed in numerous plays and musicals, both in high school and for San Joaquin County in California, performing in front of the state's capital; and performed in two theme parks, including Paramount's Great America (now, California's Great America) and the Disneyland Resort.

Through it all, writing was the one thing that was always present.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
As I kid, I dabbled. Creative stories in grade school as young as 10. They were creative writing assignments. I don't know how many children ever really experience those types of assignments in school, but for me, it was fun. Then, there were talent show skits and poems leading into high school were I wrote plays and original dialogue for my high school's Broadway Revue.

But certainly, the thing that got the whole thing started was a story I wrote beginning my freshman year based on a comedic one-act play I co-wrote and performed in 8th grade. A film-noir detective tale turned "Lethal Weapon"-type actioner. It's pretty bad, I must confess. But I enjoyed the creative and writing process. That, above anything else, is what keeps me writing in all forms and all formats.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"The Order" is a special book for me. It is a culmination of a lot of different stories, characters, and concepts I had been trying to put in a tale for 20 years. The book, itself, was finished in '02, I have been waiting for the right time to dust it off and revise it. It finally hit the bookshelves February 2016.

I began writing "The Order" during my years working at the Disneyland Resort in the Entertainment Department. It was the best creative environment I could ever hope for, surrounded by many creative and supportive people.

I have a love for two science fiction franchises: Star Trek and Star Wars. And there are many similarities between "The Order" and those franchises. It is an homage, of sorts. My first leap into science fiction involving space and aliens rather than the paranormal. I wanted to delve deep into the genre, using the inspiration from Star Trek and Star Wars to create a worlds and galaxies that were exciting and characters that were adventurous while giving my unique take of some traditional science fiction concepts. "The Order", in a way, pays tribute to them while being its own original work.

There are, at least, two more books planned in the series.
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Where to find Christopher Goodrum online


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Books

Two Souls, One Door: Another Realm
You set the price! Words: 6,880. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Nothing is certain or known in the void. Space is infinite and time is irrelevant. In a place such as this, two souls wait for a door that may never open. A door that disappears and reappears at random surrounded by light. The void is an unforgiving place. Something lurks in the darkness. A soulless entity. A phantom of light. And it wants something. For one of them doesn't belong.
Two Souls, One Door: The Threshold of Reality
You set the price! Words: 6,870. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Nothing is certain or known in the void. Space is infinite and time is irrelevant. In a place such as this, two souls wait for a door that may never open. This is where Alex Porter found himself. One moment, he was taking a nap before going to his high school reunion; and the next, he was nowhere. In a place where time was irrelevant, Alex encounters a complication: his new waiting companion.
Two Souls,One Door: Beyond
You set the price! Words: 7,280. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Nothing is certain or known in the void. Space is infinite and time is irrelevant. In a place such as this, two souls wait for a door that may never open. A door that disappears and reappears at random surrounded by light. But where does the door lead? Savannah and Kayleigh would love to know. Wandering around in the void offered no answers. Only the door that has yet to open.
Two Souls, One Door
Price: Free! Words: 5,590. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
Nothing is certain or known in the void. Space is infinite and time is irrelevant. In a place such as this, two souls sit in wait for a door that may never open. A door that disappears and reappears at random surrounded by light. But where does the door lead? Bilbee doesn’t know, and Joe isn’t telling. However, when the door finally opens, only one of them is allowed to walk through it.
The Legend of the Dragonskinner (The Dragonskinner Saga, Book 1)
Price: Free! Words: 22,670. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
A comedic romp about Ryan Henderson, a hapless man who believes in Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster, and dragons, and his quest to find them.
The Leaping Lepre of Letterfrack
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 26,690. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
An ancient peace offering known as the Airgead, a symbol of peace and unity, is stolen. Only three young teens, Riona, Séamus, and Dáira, know the truth. That a dark shadow has stolen it. They embark on a journey and find themselves on a magical adventure that will test their bravery and their magic in the hope of stopping a war before it begins.
Alice's Strange & Peculiar Easter
You set the price! Words: 13,440. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Easter & Lent
Alice McBride never knew Easter could get so…complicated. But then, a talking rabbit with a bowler hat named Chester White shows up looking for an egg: an egg containing a dangerous creature known as the Jibbernosh. The good news: it is harmless while still an egg. The bad news: it is in her house and ready to hatch.
The Order
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 88,760. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The Order of the Nova’Psi, also known as the galactic peacekeepers, were nearly destroyed 10 years ago. They survived living in secret. But a file is stolen with the identities and locations of the surviving members and now, they must find and destroy the file before every bounty hunter and mercenary finds them.

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Smashwords book reviews by Christopher Goodrum

  • The Secret of Dreamland on June 27, 2016

    While original in its own right, "The Secret of Dreamland" echoes the cautionary tale of classics such as "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "The Chronicles of Narna: the Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe". Melody Mason doesn't do anything different any other kid raised on video games. Wanting to play all day and all night, getting your hands on a new game, and sneaking to play when the parents are asleep. I certainly did my fair share of that as a kid. Foxglove Lee illustrates the importance of responsibility and not letting obsession take over. Melody's love of video games above all else is the center of her universe, venturing to the arcade after school and sitting down in front of her TV with her own home gaming system, until she realizes how much her family truly means to her, and the world she lives in. As a parent, I recommend this story to my young children. A contemporary fairy tale. It is a quick read with short chapters. You don't get a good sense of who the characters are and I was hoping for an element of whimsy in this fantasy/game land. But for a young child, the story will do the trick as a fun, relatable tale.
  • Daughter of the Windswept Hills on Jan. 23, 2017

    Remarkably entertaining from the start. the author weaves a thrilling tale about a young girl coming to age in the most unexpected way and with an unfortunate result but faces danger with a resolve that places her clan above all else, even when that means her personal sacrifice would be great. Fianna is strong and capable. Fierce and determined in a world not too far removed from our own. I hope to continue onto the other books in the series.