Name : Margaret Goodman, MD

Age: 61

Where are you from: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc

Las Vegas Neurologist. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, grew up in Los Angeles, California. Divorced, but living with my significant other, Dr. Flip Homansky—Las Vegas emergency physician, with our Golden retriever Tyson, 5 chickens, 3 rabbits, 2 horses. Hobbies: dressage, cooking 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

President/board chairman of the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association—a non-profit dedicated to promoting clean sport in boxing and mixed martial arts. 

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

1993 It was a way to escape my job, personal life and create a new narrative for myself.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Per above, I read Bridges of Madison County, and thought, “I could do this.”  I wrote a suspense thriller about illegal experimental medication use on Alzheimer patients. I never had it edited—and have left it alone for years.  In 2004, I began writing on-line and for a magazine called The Ring—a boxing magazine where I had a monthly column called “The Fight Doctor”.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

 Not sure I can qualify it!


Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?


When I retired as a ring physician—working professional boxing and mixed martial arts fights in Las Vegas, I wanted to write about my experiences. I was contacted by a literary agent after he saw a story about me in the New York Times.  He suggested a write a “tell-all”, but it was too difficult to write about people I still lived and worked with entitled “Death in Vegas.”  I left the idea alone for a few years and began writing this novel. It had other titles, but eventually returned to Death in Vegas.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Many. I want readers—especially women to fall in love with a great sport that is more romantic than any other. I wanted to educate others about the necessary changes that are needed to better protect fighters, and discuss the issue of performance enhancing drugs in sport.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic? 

The topics are real, all else is fiction.

Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? 

Many incidents based on real life, but none are true and the characters aren’t real—although various aspects are from personal experiences.

Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?

 Non-fiction books by Thomas Hauser on boxing.

Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? 

Thomas Hauser—who is also a dear friend.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

The Girl on the Train

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Gillian Flynn

Fiona: What are your current projects?

I’m working on expanding Olympic-style performance enhancing drug testing to boxing with the World Boxing Council.

Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

My love of animals.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career? 

No—more of a hobby.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? 

Yes!  I wouldn’t have spent so much time trying to edit it myself and hand it over to experts.

Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

  I love film, and since I had no experience in writing a screenplay, I thought I would first begin with a novel.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

 I’m writing a novel about a famous mixed martial arts female who has decided to commit suicide over disappointing everyone in her life from the use of performance enhancing drug use.

Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? 

I never succeeded in English 101!

Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? 

Right now I love Gillian Flynn. She is magical in weaving a suspense thriller.

Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

  No, have no time.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

 Christina Gruppuso

Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Not understanding the editing process.

Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

 As most say, writing the book is the easy part.

Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write what you love; listen to the advice of others; and then write what you believe.  It’s very much like purchasing a painting.  Valuable art is what you truly love.

Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

 Death in Vegas is not a sports book. It’s a book for those who find themselves in a difficult situation, who use that situation to better themselves and help others.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

 Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Anything related to animals.

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

 Woody Allen—he speaks to me!

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?

 Thank you.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ? 

As per above, I love animals and perhaps should have been a veterinarian. So my hobbies are our animals, and horseback riding

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

 I love film—all films, but especially appreciate foreign films these days.  I love the shows Homeland, Mad Men, and Hose of Cards.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music;

 Favorite food: ice cream and anything with chocolate; the color black; and all music.

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

Broadway actress/singer. My father was a well-respected music producer, musician and manager of recording artists. I grew up surrounded by the music business.


Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it? http://www.margaretgoodmanauthor.com; twitter: @mgoodmanMD


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