Guest Author: Stuart Woods
Born in Manchester, Georgia, Stuart Woods is the author of New York Times-bestselling Holly Barker series and Stone Barrington series. Known for his incredible gift for keeping readers on the edge of their seats, Stuart has been engaging people with his more than forty-four novels for more than two decades. A successful writer and an avid sailor and pilot, Stuart won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for his debut, Chiefs, in 1981 by Mystery Writers of America. His later book, Palindrome was also nominated for the Edgar. Moreover, he is considered as one of biggest names in the crime fiction genre for his memorable characters, excellent writing style, crafty subversive humor and non-stop action and suspense.
He spent much of his time in sailing and travelling and out of his passion in these he wrote two books, ‘Blue Water’ and ‘A Romantic’s Guide to the Country Inns of Britain and Ireland’. We recently had the pleasure to interview Stuart Woods on his “Stone Barrington Series” as well as his passion for sailing and travelling. Here are the excerpts:
Sherry: Thank you Stuart for agreeing to this interview, why don’t we start with you telling us about your latest book, Paris Match, in Stone Barrington Series?
Sherry: You have been writing Stone Barrington Series for 23 years, and still it is showing no signs of slowing down. This is just awesome. How you successfully kept this particular series going for 31 books? Also, how do you keep track of your stories and ideas?
Stuart: It’s all in my head, and when I sit down to start a book, it comes back. Occasionally, I have to refer to an earlier book for something like a character’s name.
Sherry: On your website, you’ve mentioned that you wanted to write at the age of 10? Who inspired you to write when you were young?
Stuart: My mother taught me to read a year before I went to school, and as a result, I became a voracious reader. That inspired me to want to write.
Sherry: What was the very first book you remember reading and really loving, and why?
Stuart: Tom Sawyer. I loved how funny it was.
Sherry: Your new and final novel in the ongoing series, Insatiable Appetites, is coming out in January, plus your other projects. So how do you keep up with everything?
Stuart: I don’t; among my wife, my agent and my editor, I can usually find out what’s going on.
Stuart: More of Stone Barrington and some of the series characters from other books.
Sherry: Apart from writing books, you’ve also been a passionate sailor and pilot. Which job did you enjoy the most?
Stuart: For vacationing, I like to be on the water. For travel, I prefer flying myself.
Sherry: What types of marketing do you employ to get the word out for your books (social media, press releases, blog posts, promotions ads, etc.)? Which sort of book marketing do you feel is most effective?
Stuart: The only thing I deal with is my website and my email. The publisher takes care of the rest.
Sherry: Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to the reviews, good or bad? Have any review ever bothered you? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad ones?
Stuart: I publish too often to be reviewed on any sort of regular basis. Usually, I see only trade reviews, such as those in Publishers Weekly.
Sherry: Writing is not only a tough job but requires a lot of passion, dedication and continuous reading, if you have to say a few words of wisdom to budding writers what would that be ?
Stuart: Write something and finish it. Too many aspiring writers forget to do that!
Thank you so much, Stuart for this opportunity to talk. It’s been very entertaining and interesting.