Q. Is Lisa Lutz your real name?
Q. How old are you?
A. You should know better than to ask questions like that.
Q. What prompted you to write about a family of private investigators?
A. Who remembers such things?1
Q. Where do you get your ideas?
A. I have an imaginary friend named Ralph. I steal his ideas and pass them off as my own.
Q. Do you have any fears?
A. Many. Trucks, mostly. But I'm not fond of moving vehicles in general.
Q. I read somewhere that you used to be a screenwriter. Is that true?
A. I used to be a failed screenwriter. The experience is summed up best in an essay I wrote for Salon. Read "Confessions of a Hollywood Sellout" if you'd like to know more.
Q. What is a typical day like?
A. Breakfast in bed while reading the New York Times. I do the crossword puzzle, even on Sunday, without any help. Then I write for an hour. In the afternoon, I usually go yachting or I fly my jet. Wait, no. You meant a typical day for me. That's a typical day for Stuart Woods.
Hmmm, a typical day for me always involves the consumption of coffee (unless I'm being held hostage) and maybe some writing or thinking about writing, and almost without fail some teeth brushing.
Q. I read somewhere that there is going to be a Spellman film. Is this true?
A. Right now there are no specific plans, but I'm working with a screenwriter and we're hoping to move forward with the process in 2012. Any true updates about this prospect will be posted on the website.
Q. I thought The Spellmans Strike Again (Doc. #4) was the last. Now Trail of the Spellmans (Doc. #5) will published February 2012. Do you have plans for any future Spellman books?
A. Rumors that Doc. #4 was the last Spellman novel were not started by me. After Trail of the Spellmans, I'll be working on another non-Spellman novel, but after that I will continue with two more Spellman books in a row: Bride of the Spellmans (Doc. #6) and Son of the Spellmans (Doc. #7). 2
1. For a genuine answer to this question, see the interview page.
2. I'm serious that there will be two more Spellman books after Document #5 (I signed a contract, or else). But I'm not serious about the titles. Although, you never know.