Loren Woodson was born in Schenectady, New York, and spent his early youth in small-town Connecticut and Kentucky before moving to Southern California. He attended Pomona College and UCLA, received his M.D. from the University of Southern California and his PhD from the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute, and is Board Certified in Psychiatry. He was hooked on baseball from when he first caught one. He lives with his artist wife near their children and grandchildren in Santa Monica, California, where he plays brass and woodwinds and coaches Little League.
His previous novel was The Passion of Maryam (Plain View Press, 2007), a reimagined telling of the relationship between Mary, the mother of Jesus, and her special son. His present novel, Far Stones (Northloop Books, 2017), was inspired by S.C. Gwynne’s Empire of the Summer Moon, about the Comanche Indians and their last and greatest chief Quanah Parker. The novel inspired Woodson to realize a long-contemplated story about early baseball on the western frontier.
“As a youth in Kentucky, I had an awareness of the confrontations between the American Indians and such westward-bound frontiersmen as Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, and Kit Carson. At age eleven I was deeply moved by the pageant Unto These Hills, which is about the Cherokee Trail of Tears.
"This novel was also inspired by my rueful awareness of being a Woodson, whose ancestor of eleven generations ago arrived in Jamestown in 1619, and in 1620 acquired six of the first twenty Negro slaves brought to this country. This has made me sensitive to issues of race, in ways both conscious and unconscious, and has prompted my temerity to write a novel whose protagonists are boys of color.
“What also informs my writing is over forty years of psychotherapy practice and seeing how pained and challenged people can find the means to deal with hurt and loss in ways that offer new paths—something it is also gratifying to witness the novel’s protagonists Tom and Stefan accomplishing. What drives my characters’ fascination with baseball is the opportunity I have to appreciate the athleticism of my grandsons—who have removed all doubt about the credibility of youthful devotion to our national pastime."
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