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John Wood

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Born
in Tyler, Texas, The United States
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I'm an author, writer, and former magazine editor based in Los Angeles. A UCLA grad, I'm a Vietnam vet who served in Japan and Vietnam from 1966-1969.

I was the senior articles editor for Modern Maturity magazine for 18 years, and in 1992 a special report I edited was nominated for a National Magazine Award.

I’ve sold travel and humor pieces to such publications as National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Expedia Travels, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Newsday, and the lead piece in Not So Funny When It Happened: The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure (Travelers’ Tales, 2000).

In 1996 I published How to Write Attention-Grabbing Query & Cover Letters (Writer’s Digest Books).

In 2010 I j
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John Wood I once dated a girl in college who claimed she had witnessed a murder. She identified the culprit and he was arrested. Before the trial, she said she…moreI once dated a girl in college who claimed she had witnessed a murder. She identified the culprit and he was arrested. Before the trial, she said she was assaulted at my fraternity during a party by a friend of the accused, she was followed on campus, she was accosted during a class, and threatened about testifying. She said the police gave her a bodyguard who drove her to and from the campus and watched her room while she studied at night. I wanted to document this case for my magazine writing class, but neither she nor her family wanted to talk. So I did my own investigating. The campus police told me no such crime occurred on campus and their department never assigned bodyguards to witnesses. Years later I saw her at the Playboy Club; she was the door Bunny. I asked about the incident again, and once again she wanted nothing to do with it. Forty years later, I'm still wondering what the heck happened, if anything. And if nothing happened, why concoct such a tale? (less)
John Wood This is tough because there are so many, and it begs the question: How do you define "couple"? Is it a married couple? Two unmarried people linked…moreThis is tough because there are so many, and it begs the question: How do you define "couple"? Is it a married couple? Two unmarried people linked together? A non-human couple?

For example, who can't love the eerie attached-at-the-hip pair of Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lecter in "Silence of the Lambs"? Or the brutal psychological cat-and-mouse between sexually harassed Tom Sanders and his boss and former lover Meredith Johnson in Michael Crichton's "Disclosure"? And the equally disturbing couplet Nick and Amy Dunne from "Gone Girl"? Or, one of my recent discoveries, PTSD-suffering cop Scott James and his PTSD-suffering K-9 partner Maggie in Robert Crais's "Suspect" and "The Promise"?

As for actual couples, I can't get enough of the private investigative partners Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro who return again and again in several thrillers by Dennis Lehane. Their back-and-forth rapport is wonderful. Another not-to-miss couple is anti-terrorist task force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield who bicker, wise-crack, tease, and outsmart everybody in several top-flight thrillers by my favorite writer, Nelson DeMille.

Now we come to my top two fictional couples. The first is a story of a woman, Kathryn Lyons, whose idyllic relationship with her pilot husband Jack comes to a sudden end when his plane explodes over the coast of Ireland. When rumors hint that he may have led a secret life, she sets out to learn who he really was. "The Pilot's Wife" is Anita Shreve's classic about how much do we really know about the ones we love?

Topping my list -- by a lot -- is the unforgettable couple, the diamond merchant Philip Stringer his wealthy, beautiful, sensuous, smart, and psychically adventurous lover Audrey in Gerald A. Browne's thriller "Stone 588." Browne is known for his other more popular gemstone-themed classics "11 Harrowhouse" and "19 Purchase Street," but I've never read a book where a couple was more sensuous, both physically and emotionally, than these two. I wanted to know these people in real life.

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Saigon Tease Wins Silver Medal!

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Hi, everyone — good news! Last year I published a memoir of my 1967-68 Army tour of Vietnam entitled Saigon Tease: So, What Did You Do in Nam, Dad? on Amazon Kindle. This month it won the Silver Medal in the Global Ebook Awards competition in the Nonfiction-Autobiography/Memoir category.


I am very grateful for this recognition, particularly as the nation is in the midst of commemorating th...

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