Author's Spotlight: T.A. (Todd) Stone

Todd StoneFrom a tour de force through wealthy suburbia’s wholesome facades and sordid realities to tanks and infantry, from mystery to military to making better fiction, multiple award-winning author and screenwriter T.A. (Todd) Stone has made his mark on the book world. His unique guide to the discipline and creativity of writing NOVELIST’S BOOT CAMP—101 Ways to take your Fiction from Boring to Bestseller was published by Writers Digest Books in April 2006 and was designated as one of the "Top 10 books of 2006" by PopSyndicate

Stone's most recent mystery NO PLACE LIKE HOME debuted to 4-star reviews. He is also the author of the Digital Literature Institute Best of Fiction Winner and INDIE Mystery Winner CLOSE TO HOME and the NY Times Review of Books acclaimed military technothriller KRIEGSPIEL. His second military thriller, THE BEST DEFENSE, has received bestseller status and acclaim from around the globe.

 No Place Like Home     Close to Home      Kriegspiel  The Best Defense

Stone is also a contributor to the best-selling Electronic Publishing, the Definitive Guide. His articles regularly appear in nationally know writers’ magazines such as Writers Digest and on writing websites across the Internet. 

The Head Writer for the interactive mystery website Crime Scene, Stone is a member of the Author's Guild, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, the National Writers' Union, the Crime Writers’ Guild, Sisters in Crime, and is a graduate of his local Citizens Police Academy. He is a founding member of the Board of the internationally renowned mystery/dark fiction conference Love is Murder.

Stone also manages corporate communications at a major corporation in Chicagoland, teaches craft of writing workshops at the College of DuPage, and presents at writers’ conferences throughout the country.

An avid motorcyclist, Stone is a former Army Airborne/Ranger Infantry officer whose military assignments included duty as an Assistant Professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He has his undergraduate degree from Indiana University and his MA in English from Northwestern University. He is happily married and lives with his family in a perfectly normal suburb outside Chicago, IL. You can find out more about his work at

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