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Author Stuart Woods interacts with readers at Norcross event

Best-selling author Stuart Woods signs copies of his books for readers Wednesday during a Meet the Author event hosted by the Gwinnett County Public Library at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

Best-selling author Stuart Woods signs copies of his books for readers Wednesday during a Meet the Author event hosted by the Gwinnett County Public Library at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

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Monroe resident Marcia Young shows off her books and a poster while waiting for author Stuart Woods to take the stage Wednesday at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

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Stuart Woods' books were available for sale Wednesday during a Meet the Author event hosted by the Gwinnett County Public Library. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

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Best-selling author Stuart Woods speaks during a Meet the Author event hosted by the Gwinnett County Public Library on Wednesday at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

NORCROSS — Fans of best-selling author and Georgia native Stuart Woods showed their dedication Wednesday at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center.

Marcia Young, a Monroe resident, brought along eight books and two posters for Woods to autograph during a Meet the Author event hosted by the Gwinnett County Public Library.

“I’ve been collecting his books for many, many years,” Young said. “I currently have every book he’s written and only three not in hardback. I just think he’s a wonderful author.”

Young said she’s hoping to one day have all her books signed by Woods, who was in Norcross promoting his latest novel, “Doing Hard Time.” It’s a thriller about New York cop-turned-attorney Stone Barrington, who takes a a trip to Bel-Air to check in on some business and personal concerns, expecting to relax. Instead, he works on a case that was thought to be closed and makes a criminal his ally.

Helen Halton of Atlanta purchased the book, Woods’ 53rd novel, during the event and had started reading the first chapter while waiting for the author to take the stage.

“I love his books,” she said. “I’ve been reading them ever since his first one. I’ve been a fan a long time.”

Halton and other fans of Woods’ work were treated to a brief talk by the author, who discussed his work day — he writes for an hour a day seven days a week for eight months each year — and his favorite character and book — Will Lee and “Chiefs,” respectively — and then participated in a Q&A session.

“When I’m writing,” Woods told the audience, “I live in the book and I want my readers to live in the book.”

In addition to just publishing “Doing Hard Time,” Woods has two other books that are finished. One will be published in January and the other next spring. He’s currently working on a novel that will be released next summer.

“I’m writing for an audience of one, me,” Woods said, “and my theory always was, if I liked it, maybe somebody else would like it, too. That’s worked out well for me.”