Bestelling author Stuart Woods talks to Conversations Book Club exclusively in its new segment called "Take Ten".
Over the past seven months, we have met a great deal of authors. So many in fact that there is always a problem of being able to schedule them for a 30 minute or hour discussion! Because of this, we have begun a new phase of Conversations Book Club. It is called "Take Ten". What is it? Well, to put it simply "Take Ten" is an interview of 10 questions that we can get answers to quickly without having to really schedule any of the author's precious time.
The interviews will be featured in print publications, online and in the Conversations Magazine.
This week we are featuring another one of our history-making interviews: Bestselling author Stuart Woods. Few writers hae been able to have such an impact on the world of fiction like Woods, and with over 20 titles under his belt---many of them New York Times Bestsellers---there is no way for him to be slowing down soon.
Enjoy the interview and look for it to be featured in the July 2007 issue of the Conversations Magazine!
Mr. Woods, thank you so much for your time. Looking back over your career one of the questions that immediately comes to mind is about your relationship with words. Have you always found it easy to tell a story?
It was harder in the beginning. Experience builds confidence, and confidence is a wonderful thing.
How much do you rely on your feelings about a certain situation or occurrence in the news dictate the story you tell us in your novels?
I have to construct the feelings to fit the scene.
Your career has spanned many years and has been filled with critical acclaim. Does it ever surprise you that you evolve such a eager anticipation for each new release?
All the time, but I like it.
In Mississippi where most of our readers are based, we are faced with a critical case of apathy towards reading and writing. What are your feelings about how the general attitude of books seems to have shifted over the years?
It's my experience that there are more readers and more books than ever. I get a lot of mail from people who tell me they never enjoyed reading until trying one of my books, and now they read all the time. That's very satisfying.
And the electronic age? In talking to librarians in our state, the consensus of visitors are coming to use the internet and not checking out as many books as they would have been 8 or even 10 years ago. In your opinion is that just a sign of the times?
I honestly don't know what that is. My guess is that those people wouldn't be coming at all, if there weren't an internet.
Tying in your books, there always seems to be a sense of morality, no matter what side of the law the characters find themselves on. Do you think this shows it's true that "There is some good in everyone" and are we being too pessimistic about the fate of our youth?
Yes. Normally, you need morality to separate the good from the evil, although I once wrote a book, L.A. Times, in which I set out to make not one of the characters a decent human being (it was set in Hollywood), and people still rooted for the protagonist.
From visiting your site, I know that you get quite a few requests for advice from aspiring authors. Who was inspirational to you in your literary endeavors?
All the writers I read, particulary Mark Twain.
Some of the authors we have talked to, Mr. Woods, tell us that in the beginning it was surreal to go into a store and see their name on books or posters with their face plastered in stores or in magazines. Has there been such a moment for you when it really hit home the magnitude you have made on the literary community?
It happened so gradually that I got used to it over the years. It's not like I was all over the bookstores right away.
Without giving away the plot to our readers, are you able to tell us about your upcoming release?
It brings together most of my continuing characters, including Teddy Fay, in one book.
Thank you again for your time. Anything you want to say to your fans that might be reading this interview?
I thank them for reading my books and making my career possible.
You can learn more about Stuart Woods by clicking here.