Stuart Woods

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Stuart Woods (born January 9, 1938 in Manchester, Georgia) is an American novelist.
Early life

Stuart Woods was born in Manchester, Georgia and graduated in 1959 from the University of Georgia, with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. After graduation he enrolled in the Air National Guard, spending two months in basic training before moving to New York, where he began a career in the advertising industry. Towards the end of the 1960s, Woods emigrated to England and lived in Knightsbridge, London while continuing to work in advertising. After three years in London, Woods decided to write a novel, based on an old family story which had been told to him when he was a child, and moved to Ireland. He moved into a converted barn on the grounds of Lough Cutra Castle near Gort, County Galway, and lived a near-solitary existence, except for spending two days a week in Dublin writing television commercials and print adverts.
finishing at Antigua in the Caribbean.

Becoming a published writer

Woods wrote an account of his OSTAR experience, and was introduced to Stanford Maritime, a London-based publishing house specializing in nautical books, by Ron Holland. Blue Water, Green Skipper was published in 1977. The American publishing rights were sold to W.W. Norton.

Woods' second book was to be written about the 1977 Round Britain Yacht Race but the book was canceled because of light winds and calms during the race. He persuaded his publishers to allow him to change the scope of the book, and spent the summer driving 12,000 miles around Great Britain and Ireland writing a guidebook to country restaurants, inns and hotels. He visited over 150 establishments, and included one-hundred-thirty-eight in the book; ninety-one establishments in England, thirteen in Scotland, eight in Wales, and twenty-six in Ireland. The two places in the British Isles that he did not visit were Northern Ireland, saying that he did not feel comfortable recommending any place where he was afraid to visit, and the Channel Islands due to a lack of available time. Originally titled A Lover's Guide to the Country Inns of Britain and Ireland Woods realised married couples may feel alienated, and changed it to A Romantic's Guide ..., defining a "romantic" as a person " who is susceptible to charm" in addition to The Concise Oxford Dictionary's definition of someone "given to romance, imagination ... visionary ... professing grandeur of picturesqueness or passion or irregular beauty to finish and proportion."

Woods' first novel, Chiefs, was published in March 1981. The story was inspired by a police chief's badge Woods had found in his grandmother's home. The badge was stained with blood and pockmarked by buckshot. It had belonged to his grandfather, who died wearing it 10 years before Mr. Woods was born. He submitted the first one hundred pages and an outline to three publishers who all turned him down, before Norton bought the publishing rights for $7,500. He later stated it was a mistake to sell the book unfinished as he could have got much more money had it been completed. 20,000 copies of the book were printed in hardback, but Norton did little to promote the book. He contracted with Bantam Books to print the paperback edition. In 1983 Chiefs was adapted into a television miniseries of the same name, starring Charlton Heston, Danny Glover, Billy Dee Williams, Stephen Collins and John Goodman. CBS broadcast the miniseries over three nights, and it was nominated for three Emmy Awards and one Eddie Award. Its success sparked interest in the paperback, and Woods was awarded the Edgar Award in the "Best First Novel" category from the Mystery Writers of America.

Woods' most prolific series of novels focus on Stone Barrington, a former NYPD detective turned lawyer who is of counsel to a prestigious law firm and handles cases with which the firm does not wish to be publicly associated. The novels are noted both for a strong cast of recurring characters such as Barrington's ex-partner Dino Bacchetti, frequent use of the New York restaurant Elaine's as a setting and Stone's frequent exploits with women, travel and fine dining. Stone, like Woods, is also an experienced pilot and frequent references are made to his aircraft.

In addition to Stone, Woods has written several other character-focused series. These characters include Holly Barker, a retired Army major and Florida police chief recruited to become a CIA operative; Ed Eagle, a Santa Fe defense lawyer; William Henry Lee IV, a Georgia senator who is elected President of the United States; and Rick Barron, a police detective who becomes a security officer and later chief of production for a Hollywood movie studio in the 1930s. All of Woods' novels take place in the same universe and characters frequently appear in other series.

Woods has published a memoir, a travel book and forty-four novels in a thirty-seven year career, and has now had twenty-nine consecutive New York Times best sellers in hardback. Two completed novels are awaiting publication in January and April, 2011, and he has just signed another three-book deal with Putnam. In the past he has written two novels a year and has increased that to three novels a year, at the request of his publishers. He publishes each year in January, April and September.

Personal life

Woods is a licensed, instrument-rated private pilot, and recently bought a new Cessna Citation Mustang, his first jet airplane. He owns a Hinckley T38 R power boat and is a partner in a 85-foot antique motor yacht, Enticer, built in 1935 and fully restored. He is divorced, describing himself as "a born-again bachelor."

Bibliography

Will Lee novels

    Chiefs (1981) (Edgar Award Best First Novel) – A 229 minute TV miniseries, starring Charlton Heston, John Goodman and an all-star cast. {Woods has a role in miniseries}
    Run Before the Wind (1983)
    Deep Lie (1986)
    Grass Roots (1989) – A four-hour TV miniseries, starring Corbin Bernsen and Mel Harris.
    The Run (2000)
    Capital Crimes (2003) (First appearance of villain Teddy Fay)
    Mounting Fears (2009) (Teddy Faye appearance #4)(Holly Barker also makes an appearance)
    D. C. Dead (January, 2012) (Woods' mentions it in his interview portion on official site)

Stone Barrington novels

    New York Dead (1991)
    Dirt (1996)
    Dead in the Water (1997)
    Swimming to Catalina (1998)
    Worst Fears Realized (1999)
    L.A. Dead (2000)
    Cold Paradise (2001)
    The Short Forever (2002) (First appearance of CIA agent Lance Cabot)
    Dirty Work (2003) (Ed Eagle makes a cameo)
    Reckless Abandon (2004) (Also stars Holly Barker) (Continuation of a storyline in Blood Orchid)
    Two Dollar Bill (2005)
    Dark Harbor (2006) (Also stars Holly Barker)
    Fresh Disasters (2007)
    Shoot Him If He Runs (2007) (Also stars Holly Barker) (Teddy Fay Appearance #3)
    Hot Mahogany (2008) (Also stars Holly Barker)
    Loitering With Intent (2009) (Chuck Chandler from Choke makes a cameo)
    Kisser (2010)
    Lucid Intervals (2010) (First appearance of Strategic Services and Mike Freeman)
    Strategic Moves (2011) (Also stars Holly Barker, cameo appearances by Todd Bacon and Lance Cabot)
    Bel-Air Dead (2011) (Cameos by Ed Eagle, Barbara Eagle and Rick Barron)
    Son of Stone (September 20, 2011)

Holly Barker novels

    Orchid Beach – set in the fictional town of Orchid Beach, FL (1998)
    Orchid Blues (2001) (Stone Barrington makes a cameo)
    Blood Orchid (2002)
    Reckless Abandon (2004)
    Iron Orchid (2005) (Teddy Fay Appearance #2)
    Hothouse Orchid (2009) (Teddy Fay Appearance #5)

Ed Eagle novels

    Santa Fe Rules – set in Santa Fe, New Mexico (1992)
    Short Straw (2006)
    Santa Fe Dead (2008)
    Santa Fe Edge (2010) (Teddy Fay Appearance #6, Holly Barker makes a cameo and Agent Todd Bacon from Shoot Him If He Runs returns)

Rick Barron novels

    The Prince of Beverly Hills (2004)
    Beverly Hills Dead (2008) (Stone Barrington makes a cameo)

Stand-alone novels

    Under the Lake (1987)
    White Cargo (1988)
    Palindrome – set in Cumberland Island, GA (1991)
    L.A. Times – set in Los Angeles, California (1993)
    Dead Eyes – set in Los Angeles, California (1994)
    Heat – set in a fictional town in Idaho (1994)
    Imperfect Strangers (1995) (Grand Prix de Littérature Policière)
    Choke (1995)

Non-fiction

    Blue Water, Green Skipper (1977)
    A Romantic's Guide to the Country Inns of Britain and Ireland (1979)

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