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Novelist Known for the New York Times-bestselling "Stone Barrington" Series and "Holly Barker" Series

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Stuart Woods was born in the small Southern town of Manchester, Georgia, and attended the local public schools, then graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA in sociology. He doesn’t remember why.

After college, he spent a year in Atlanta and two months in basic training for what he calls “the draft-dodger program” of the Air National Guard. Then, in the autumn of 1960, he moved to New York in search of a writing job. The magazines and newspapers weren’t hiring, so he got a job in a training program at an advertising agency, earning seventy dollars a week. “It is a measure of my value to the company,” he says, “that my secretary was earning eighty dollars a week.” He spent the whole of the 1960s in New York, with the exception of ten months, which he spent in Mannheim, Germany, at the request of John F. Kennedy. The Soviets had built the Berlin Wall, and Woods, along with a lot of other National Guardsmen, was sent to Germany “to do God knows what,” as he puts it. What he did, he says, was “fly a two-and-a-half-ton truck up and down the autobahn.” He notes that the truck was all he ever flew in the Air Force.

At the end of the sixties, he moved to London and worked there for three years in various advertising agencies. In early 1973, he decided that the time had come for him to write the novel he had been thinking about since the age of ten. He moved to Ireland, where some friends found him a small flat in the stableyard of a castle in south County Galway, and he supported himself by working two days a week for a Dublin ad agency while he worked on the novel. Then, about a hundred pages into the book, he discovered sailing, and “everything went to hell. All I did was sail.”

After a couple of years of this his grandfather died, leaving him “just enough money to get into debt for a boat,” and he decided to compete in the 1976 Observer Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race (OSTAR). Since his previous sailing experience consisted of “racing a ten-foot plywood dinghy on Sunday afternoons against small children, losing regularly,” he spent eighteen months learning more about sailing and celestial navigation while his new 30-foot yacht, a Ron Holland design called Golden Harp, was being built at a yard in Cork. He moved to a nearby gamekeeper’s cottage on a big estate on the Owenboy River, above Cork Harbor, to be near the boatyard.

The race began at Plymouth, England, in June of ’76. He completed his passage to Newport, Rhode Island, in forty-five days, finishing in the middle of the fleet, which was not bad since his boat was one of the smallest. How did he manage being entirely alone for six weeks at sea? “The company was good,” he says.

The next couple of years were spent in Georgia, writing two nonfiction books: Blue Water, Green Skipper, an account of his Irish experience and the transatlantic race, and A Romantic’s Guide to the Country Inns of Britain and Ireland, a travel book, done on a whim. He also did some more sailing. In August 1979 he competed on a friend’s yacht in the tragic Fastnet Race of 1979, which was struck by a huge storm. Fifteen competitors and four observers lost their lives, but Stuart and his host crew finished in good order, with little damage. (The story of the ’79 Fastnet Race is told in the book Fastnet, Force 10, written by a fellow crewmember of Stuart’s, John Rousmaniere.) That October and November, he spent skippering his friend’s yacht back across the Atlantic with a crew of six, calling at the Azores, Madeira, and the Canary Islands and finishing at Antigua, in the Caribbean.

In the meantime, the British publisher of Blue Water, Green Skipper had sold the American rights to W.W. Norton, a New York publishing house, which also contracted to publish his novel, on the basis of two hundred pages and an outline, for an advance of $7,500. “I was out of excuses to not finish it, and I had taken their money, so I finally had to get to work.” He finished the book and it was published in March 1981, eight years after he had begun it. The novel was called Chiefs.

Though only twenty thousand copies were printed in hardback, the book achieved a large paperback sale and was made into a six-hour television drama for CBS-TV, starring Charlton Heston, at the head of an all-star cast that included Danny Glover, Billy Dee Williams, and John Goodman. For the twenty-fifth anniversary of Chiefs in March 2006, W.W. Norton published a special commemorative replica edition of the hardcover first edition.

Chiefs established Woods as a novelist. The book won the Edgar Allan Poe prize from the Mystery Writers of America, and he was later nominated again for Palindrome. He has also been awarded France’s Grand Prix de Littérature Policière for Imperfect Strangers. He has since been prolific, having published more than sixty novels.

After publishing fifteen novels before appearing on the New York Times best seller list, he has since had more than fifty best sellers.

CessnaHe is a licensed, instrument-rated private pilot, with 3,400 hours total time, and he currently flies a Citation M-2. His wife, Jeanmarie, who has recently earned her private pilot, instrument, and multi-engine ratings, will train for the copilot’s seat in the new jet. Stuart sails on other people’s boats, owns a Hinckley T38 power boat (hinckleyyachts.com), and is a partner in an 85-foot 1935 Trumpy motor yacht, Enticer (which can be seen at www.woodenyachts.com and on the cover of Loitering with Intent). The yacht has been recently restored to like-new condition.

Stuart Woods is no longer a born-again bachelor, having married the former Jeanmarie Cooper of Key West in January 2013. They live with a Labrador retriever named Fred in Key West, Florida, on Mount Desert Island, in Maine, and in Santa Fe. (Of a warm nature, he says he’s always looking for 70 degrees Fahrenheit.)

Woods released "Indecent Exposure (A Stone Barrington Novel)" in 2017.

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Novelist Known for the New York Times-bestselling "Stone Barrington" Series and "Holly Barker" Series

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Stuart Woods was born in the small Southern town of Manchester, Georgia, and attended the local public schools, then graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA in sociology. He doesn’t remember why.

After college, he spent a year in Atlanta and two months in basic training for what he calls “the draft-dodger program” of the Air National Guard. Then, in the autumn of 1960, he moved to New York in search of a writing job. The magazines and newspapers weren’t hiring, so he got a job in a training program at an advertising agency, earning seventy dollars a week. “It is a measure of my value to the company,” he says, “that my secretary was earning eighty dollars a week.” He spent the whole of the 1960s in New York, with the exception of ten months, which he spent in Mannheim, Germany, at the request of John F. Kennedy. The Soviets had built the Berlin Wall, and Woods, along with a lot of other National Guardsmen, was sent to Germany “to do God knows what,” as he puts it. What he did, he says, was “fly a two-and-a-half-ton truck up and down the autobahn.” He notes that the truck was all he ever flew in the Air Force.

At the end of the sixties, he moved to London and worked there for three years in various advertising agencies. In early 1973, he decided that the time had come for him to write the novel he had been thinking about since the age of ten. He moved to Ireland, where some friends found him a small flat in the stableyard of a castle in south County Galway, and he supported himself by working two days a week for a Dublin ad agency while he worked on the novel. Then, about a hundred pages into the book, he discovered sailing, and “everything went to hell. All I did was sail.”

After a couple of years of this his grandfather died, leaving him “just enough money to get into debt for a boat,” and he decided to compete in the 1976 Observer Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race (OSTAR). Since his previous sailing experience consisted of “racing a ten-foot plywood dinghy on Sunday afternoons against small children, losing regularly,” he spent eighteen months learning more about sailing and celestial navigation while his new 30-foot yacht, a Ron Holland design called Golden Harp, was being built at a yard in Cork. He moved to a nearby gamekeeper’s cottage on a big estate on the Owenboy River, above Cork Harbor, to be near the boatyard.

The race began at Plymouth, England, in June of ’76. He completed his passage to Newport, Rhode Island, in forty-five days, finishing in the middle of the fleet, which was not bad since his boat was one of the smallest. How did he manage being entirely alone for six weeks at sea? “The company was good,” he says.

The next couple of years were spent in Georgia, writing two nonfiction books: Blue Water, Green Skipper, an account of his Irish experience and the transatlantic race, and A Romantic’s Guide to the Country Inns of Britain and Ireland, a travel book, done on a whim. He also did some more sailing. In August 1979 he competed on a friend’s yacht in the tragic Fastnet Race of 1979, which was struck by a huge storm. Fifteen competitors and four observers lost their lives, but Stuart and his host crew finished in good order, with little damage. (The story of the ’79 Fastnet Race is told in the book Fastnet, Force 10, written by a fellow crewmember of Stuart’s, John Rousmaniere.) That October and November, he spent skippering his friend’s yacht back across the Atlantic with a crew of six, calling at the Azores, Madeira, and the Canary Islands and finishing at Antigua, in the Caribbean.

In the meantime, the British publisher of Blue Water, Green Skipper had sold the American rights to W.W. Norton, a New York publishing house, which also contracted to publish his novel, on the basis of two hundred pages and an outline, for an advance of $7,500. “I was out of excuses to not finish it, and I had taken their money, so I finally had to get to work.” He finished the book and it was published in March 1981, eight years after he had begun it. The novel was called Chiefs.

Though only twenty thousand copies were printed in hardback, the book achieved a large paperback sale and was made into a six-hour television drama for CBS-TV, starring Charlton Heston, at the head of an all-star cast that included Danny Glover, Billy Dee Williams, and John Goodman. For the twenty-fifth anniversary of Chiefs in March 2006, W.W. Norton published a special commemorative replica edition of the hardcover first edition.

Chiefs established Woods as a novelist. The book won the Edgar Allan Poe prize from the Mystery Writers of America, and he was later nominated again for Palindrome. He has also been awarded France’s Grand Prix de Littérature Policière for Imperfect Strangers. He has since been prolific, having published more than sixty novels.

After publishing fifteen novels before appearing on the New York Times best seller list, he has since had more than fifty best sellers.

CessnaHe is a licensed, instrument-rated private pilot, with 3,400 hours total time, and he currently flies a Citation M-2. His wife, Jeanmarie, who has recently earned her private pilot, instrument, and multi-engine ratings, will train for the copilot’s seat in the new jet. Stuart sails on other people’s boats, owns a Hinckley T38 power boat (hinckleyyachts.com), and is a partner in an 85-foot 1935 Trumpy motor yacht, Enticer (which can be seen at www.woodenyachts.com and on the cover of Loitering with Intent). The yacht has been recently restored to like-new condition.

Stuart Woods is no longer a born-again bachelor, having married the former Jeanmarie Cooper of Key West in January 2013. They live with a Labrador retriever named Fred in Key West, Florida, on Mount Desert Island, in Maine, and in Santa Fe. (Of a warm nature, he says he’s always looking for 70 degrees Fahrenheit.)

Woods released "Indecent Exposure (A Stone Barrington Novel)" in 2017.

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  • How much does it cost to book Stuart Woods?

    Booking fees for Stuart Woods, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Stuart Woods, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Stuart Woods?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Stuart Woods for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Stuart Woods for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Stuart Woods or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Stuart Woods or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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