Stacy Woodson writes romantic suspense and crime fiction. She is a U.S. Army veteran, and memories of her time in the military play a role in her stories. A California native, who now lives in the DC area, she misses good Mexican food.

She made her crime fiction debut in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine’s Department of First Stories and won the 2018 Readers Award. In 2017, she won the Daphne du Maurier Award for best romantic suspense (Single Title, Unpublished Category), and in 2016 she was a Killer Nashville Claymore finalist.

Currently, she is a Publishers Weekly contributor and reports on suspense writing at DIY MFA. She is a member of The Authors Guild of America, Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, and the Short Mystery Fiction Society. When she’s not writing, she works as a background extra and has enjoyed being on the sets of Showtime’s Homeland and Amazon’s Jack Ryan. She also enjoys CrossFit and spending time with her family.

She is represented by John Talbot of the Talbot Fortune Agency.

Stacy Woodson


Short Stories

“The Hail Mary Play”

Mystery Weekly Magazine, July 2019

In a last-ditch effort to avoid getting expelled from military school, a cadet comes up with a plan—something that’s guaranteed to impress the school’s superintendent. Unfortunately, it involves kidnapping and a goat.

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“The Secret Blend”

Malice Domestic 14: Mystery Most Edible, Wildside Press, 2019

Jilly’s declining restaurant is being sabotaged by a competitor—their recent move, stealing her Valentine’s Day menu and advertising it as their own. It’s up to Jilly to stop the saboteur and deliver a new, transformative menu by Valentine’s Day in order to save her family’s business and the jobs of the people who work for her.

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“The Final Course”

Flash Bang Mysteries, Spring 2019

Sibling rivalry takes a dark turn in this flash fiction piece about a holiday dinner that goes bad.

“Duty, Honor, Hammett”

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Nov/Dec 2018

A soldier and tomb guard at Arlington National Cemetery must choose between protecting his family’s legacy and protecting the secret buried in Dashiell Hammett’s grave.

“The Retirement Plan”

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, TBP 2019

An army veteran faces off with a widowed winemaker in a heist that turns deadly.


Chesapeake Crimes: Invitation to Murder, Wildside Press, 2020

Wiseguy turned rat, Mickey “Two Guns” Baldino, moves into a Florida retirement home and finds himself face-to-face with the hitman he’s spent his life trying to avoid.

“Killer Sushi”

Mickey Finn: 21st Century Noir, Down and Out Books, 2020

Two heartbroken soldiers go to their favorite sushi joint to drown in their sorrows and get more than they bargained for in this twisted, culinary tale.


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News & Events


May 2019

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine May podcast features, “Duty, Honor, Hammett.”
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April 2019

“Duty, Honor, Hammett” wins the 2018 Ellery Queen Readers Award.
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November 2018

Interview with DIY MFA founder and instigator, Gabriela Pereira.
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September 2017

Honored to be interviewed by the amazing D.A. Bartley at Miss Demeanors. We talked about writing, life, and lessons learned along the way.
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July 11-13
ThrillerFest XIII
New York City, NY

August 25, 6:30-9pm
Noir At The Bar
Hosted By Josh Patcher
Dark Fiction By Area Crime Writers:
E.A. Aymar
John Cophenhaver
Shawn Cosby
Angie Kim
Dana King
Jehane Sharah
Stacy Woodson

Location: Busboys and Poets
4251 Campbell Avenue
Arlington, VA

October 31-November 3
Dallas, TX

Past Articles

Crime Fiction Authors Band Together to Increase Their Marketing Footprint
Collective blogs, short story anthologies, and shared public events are just some ways crime fiction writers are banding together to increase their reach and marketing footprint. In this article I explain why this trend is not only great for writers, but also great for readers.
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Duty, Honor, Hammett—First Two Pages
Art Taylor Writer
I break down the first two pages of “Duty, Honor, Hammett” and the deliberate choices I made in the opening.
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Military Veterans in Crime Fiction
Something is Going to Happen
At Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, I talk about how post 9/11 veteran characters have not been fully explored in crime fiction.
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Cozy Mysteries and the Holidays
Why do I love cozy mysteries, especially during the holidays? Here, I discuss what makes a mystery “cozy” and why I believe they are so popular.
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Stay Connected to the Crime Fiction Community Without Attending a Conference
Crime fiction conferences are expensive and time consuming. But there are other ways to be part of the crime fiction community. Find out how.
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Writing Resources for Military Veterans
Are you a military veteran and an aspiring writer? There are writing resources out there for you. Learn more.
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The Novel Writing Intensive: Learning from Two Master Storytellers
I had the rare opportunity to attend a Novel Writing Intensive taught by bestselling authors Steven James and Robert Dugoni. Check out some of the insights I learned.
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Seven Lessons I Learned from Lisa Gardner at Crime Bake
Check out the amazing lessons I learned from New York Times best-selling author Lisa Gardner at the New England Crime Bake.
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Seven Reasons to Write a Short Story
Some writers love the short story format, while others hate the creative confines of a restricted word count. Here is my take.
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The Pros and Cons of Joining a Writing Organization
Are writer organizations a distraction or a necessity? Here’s one perspective.
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My Fantastic Experience at Malice Domestic 2017
Have you considered attending a fan convention? Check out Malice Domestic.
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Five Writing Lessons from Thriller Master David Morrell
I had an opportunity to take a master class from thriller icon David Morrell. He’s not only a gifted writer, but a gifted teacher. Here are just a few of the amazing lessons I learned.
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When is a Story a Romantic Suspense?
Do you like romance with your suspense or suspense with your romance? In this article I dissect the popular subgenre.
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Mystery, Thriller, or Suspense: Does the Label Matter?
When you search for books to read, do genre labels drive your choices? Here, I examine three popular categories.
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The Five C’s of the Washington Romance Writers’ Retreat
The Washington Romance Writers Retreat is small, affordable and packs a big punch.
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#5OnFri: Five Takeaways from SleuthFest
My experience at the Mystery Writers of America Florida chapter’s annual conference.
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