Q. Is Lisa Lutz your real name?

A. Yes.

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. Is Document #6 (The Last Word / Spellman Six) the final Spellman novel?

A. I can’t say for sure, but there are currently no plans for another Spellman novel.

Q. I heard that Spellman was going to be made into a movie. Is that true?

A. I have hopes that one day we can bring the Spellmans to the big or small screen, but right now there’s nothing in the works.


1. For a genuine answer to this question, see the interview page.