By Any Other Name

Explain why you chose your blog’s title and what it means to you.

I really struggled to come up with a good name for my blog.  I wanted something clever without being cutesy, easily identifiable as mine without being too obvious.

A Good One is a variation of my name:  A Goodwin.    A little on the cutesy side, but it’s also a nod to my Aunt Marian, who never tired of teasing me about my married name.    Every time the words “good one” came up in a conversation, Marian would wink at me and murmur “Goodwin!”

Not a particularly funny joke, but it was sort of a secret code between Marian and me.  She wasn’t always the world’s nicest person, and her influence on my life has probably been more negative than positive, but she’s only been gone for a few years and that loss still hurts.

I miss her.

She always referred to my in-laws as The Good Ones instead of the Goodwins, so my blog’s name is also a reminder of just how lucky I was to marry into this particular family.

Another reason for calling my blog A Good One is that it hints at my pen name:  A.J. Goode.  “A” comes from my first name, “Goode” is part of my last name, and “J” . . .

Well, the letter “J” stands for absolutely nothing.  It just sounds good there.

Author: A.J. Goode

I am a romance novelist, single mother of three, and a high school lunchlady. To be completely honest, I have no idea which of those jobs is the most rewarding and which is the biggest challenge. I love them all. I write romance novels about the kind of people who might pass me on the street every day. My characters are often hurting in some way, and need to learn to trust others in order to heal themselves. I also blog about trying to focus on writing, and about my day-to-day experiences in small-town America. I write about life. The good, the bad, and the just plain odd.

4 thoughts on “By Any Other Name”

      1. I have a secret crush on Archie Goodwin ~ I even LOVED the A&E series with Timothy Hutton…he did well as Archie (except he can’t wear a hat to save his life!).

        We Rex Stout fans are seem to be few and far between. I love the way Rex writes his Nero novels.


  1. I did too! I even liked the cheesy 1970’s series with Lee Horsely. He was a little too pretty for my tastes, but I still loved the show.

    In retrospect, the books didn’t really have a lot of danger or adventure — I only remember one story where Archie actually got hurt. They were all about the characters and really thinking things through instead of a lot of mindless car chases, etc.

    I doubt that today’s younger readers would enjoy the books the way we did.


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