I’m pleased to welcome Stuart Woods to The Novel Road…
Me: Every character you’ve created, from Will Lee, Ed Eagle and Stone Barrington, to Holly Barker and Liz Barwick hold unique strengths, yet you allow enough flaws to keep them very human. Where do you draw a line on a Character’s perfection?
Stuart: Apart from the fact that no character is ever perfect, I never give it a thought.
Me: Your 30 year writing career includes 45 novels and two non-fiction books, most of them New York Times Bestsellers. Your ability to create new characters is astounding. Do you get “first novel” nerves when you release a novel with a new character?
Stuart: My first novel took eight years to write, and I had the writer's block peculiar to first novelists: the fear that the book would not be as good as I'd been telling my friends it would be. Since then, nothing with new characters.