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

In 2017, she won the Daphne du Maurier for best romantic suspense (Single Title, Unpublished Category), and in 2016, her story was a Killer Nashville Claymore finalist. She was also a background extra in Showtime’s Homeland (Season 7) where she enjoyed storytelling in a different way.

Currently, she is a Publishers Weekly contributor and reports on suspense writing at DIY MFA. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and Sisters in Crime. When she’s not writing, she enjoys CrossFit and spending time with her family.

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

Stacy Woodson




“Duty, Honor, Hammett”

Published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (November/December 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”

Will appear in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in 2019

Army veteran Richard gets more than he bargained for when he finally meets long distance “love interest” gallery owner and widowed winemaker Katherine Galloway in this tale of a heist gone bad.

“The Secret Blend”

Will appear in 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.


Will appear in 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.



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News & Events


November 2018

Interview with DIY MFA founder and instigator, Gabriela Pereira.
Link coming soon!

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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Sisters in Crime: Mystery Author Extravaganza
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Reston Regional Library
Reston, VA

MWA’s Edgar Week
April 2019
New York City, NY

Malice Domestic 31
May 3-5, 2019
Bethesda, MD

ThrillerFest XIII
July 11-13, 2019
New York City, NY

Past Articles

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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