On Thursday, Nov. 4, local author and attorney Woody Hanstein will be coming to Devaney, Doak & Garrett Booksellers in downtown Farmington at 5 p.m. to celebrate the release of his sixth Pete Morris mystery, Alibi Blond. We thought that it would be a good idea to check in with Woody and see how he was getting along with his lead character.
Kenny: If you changed the name of your firm to Joyce, David, Hanstein and Morris how many area clients would come in asking for Pete?
Woody: Hopefully not too many, because we’d never know when he was going to have problems with the Bar Association and then we’d be stuck covering for him.
Kenny: Speaking of potential problems, what does Pete’s will look like. Any surprises in it?
Woody: He doesn’t even have one — he knows I’d never kill off a guy who can run around punching judges and romancing clients’ wives.
Kenny: I see. If he ever got to feeling more generous would he leave you anything?
Woody: Not a chance. Maybe if I would have made him a tough guy or irresistible to the ladies or at least given him a new pickup truck, but I think I make Pete struggle too much for him to be very grateful.
Kenny: Would you rather practice law in Farmington or Piedmont?
Woody: Farmington. There’s no rugby in Piedmont and you
can’t ski at Titcomb Mountain.
Kenny: What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned during the course of writing these six terrific books?
Woody: I ‘m still amazed at how gracious and complimentary people can be. Every time a judge in a crowded courtroom calls me up to sidebar, or a total stranger telephones me at home to tell me they enjoyed one of my books, I am both surprised and gratified.
Kenny: Thanks Woody!
Woody: Sure. See you on the 4th!