Veteran sports writer and copy editor Tom Wood has covered a wide variety of events—ranging from Nashville universities to boxing, from the Iroquois Memorial Steeplechase to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games—for The Tennessean, where he also wrote a number of entertainment features. After his retirement from that newspaper, he has continued to contribute freelance articles for several news outlets. He had a fiction short story published in the 2012 Civil War anthology Filtered Through Time and contributed an interview to the 1989 collection Feast of Fear: Conversations With Stephen King. The native North Carolinian and Middle Tennessee State University graduate has appeared as a background character actor in several episodes of the ABC series Nashville as well as several other projects. Vendetta Stone is Wood’s first novel.