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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Eric M. Woods  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1975, in Springfield, IL

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Illinois Connection

Woods was born and has lived his entire life (minus a few years in Chatham) in Springfield. He attended Ursuline Academy before obtaining his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Illinois Springfield in 1998. He later (in 2013) earned his master's degree in communication, also from UIS.

Biographical and Professional Information

Eric Woods has been a freelance writer in Springfield since 2005. He has covered numerous businesses over the years for the Springfield Business Journal. In 2009, he wrote a series of well-received pieces on Lincoln's Springfield business life to coincide with the Lincoln bicentennial. In 2017, he also began writing for Springfield's Own (SO) Magazine where he covered a diverse a number of local figures and programs.

In 2018, Woods published his first novel, PUMMELED. He has also written 10 unpublished stage plays, two of which have been performed on stage. He is also currently working on his second novel.

CURRENT EMPLOYER (FT) - Office Manager for University of Illinois Springfield

CURRENT EMPLOYER (PT) - Freelance Writer for SO Magazine and the Springfield Business Journal

CURRENT EMPLOYER (PT) - Tour Guide for the Lincoln Ghost Walk

CURRENT EMPLOYER (PT) - Simulated Patient for SIU School of Medicine

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes.

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Selected Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 1089396082. OCLC Number:

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In 1930, a group of kids made a deadly discovery which developed into a secret that would lie dormant for nearly 90 years. A century-old terror is growing. The monster is ready to be unleashed......and it’s hungry.

ISBN: 1720605467. OCLC Number:

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How does a girl go from being an innocent five-year-old to the most dangerous fighter the UFC never saw? Meet Bree Aniston, the central character of PUMMELED, an action-drama that chronicles two decades in the tumultuous life of a girl forced to discover the limits of her strengths, both physically and mentally. Following the sudden death of her father, Bree is forced to grow up as her grief-stricken mother plunges into a world of alcoholism and domestic abuse with multiple men. When Bree is introduced to the world of mixed martial arts, she not only finds intrigue in the sport but discovers her own exceptional talents as a fighter. Dominating school fights with bullies leads to professional fight training, which eventually leads to the promise of Olympic glory. Soon, the outlet for her anger and appetite to fight guides Bree to the dangerous underground scene where she must mask her identity if she is to stay on course. Unfortunately, she discovers the mammoth challenge of forcing her troubled past to finally tap out.