Born September 8, 1942 in Milwaukee, WI, Larry Stillman graduated the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in advertising and psychology in 1964. He and his wife Loraine reside in suburban Chicago, IL. They have two children and four grandchildren.
As an advertising creative executive for more than 30 years, Larry created the groundbreaking beer campaign known as "This Bud’s For You.” He also created "Red Lobster for the seafood lover in you," "Just a little slice of America, Wonder Bread," and many other longstanding campaigns for prestigious national clients. In 1996, he started his own consulting company, Won Gud Riter. At that time he began to research and write his first book, A Match Made in Hell.
“Match” is an award-winning non-fiction adventure story which dramatizes the real life experiences of a Holocaust survivor who, as a teenager in Poland, was rescued and tutored by a notorious criminal-turned-mercenary. It was published in October, 2003, by the University of Wisconsin Press. Subsequently, it has been published in Poland in a fully translated edition, and has appeared as a Reader's Digest condensation in Hungary, Portugal and the Czech Republic. Larry has also turned the book into a screenplay, and the novel has been twice optioned for possible film development.
He recently published his first novel, a work of historically-based fiction entitled The Rope Catcher. It tells the story of a Navajo man who, as a US marine in WWII, helps to create the war's only unbreakable code. For the first time ever, he experiences equality, respect, and even admiration: everything he’s dreamed about all his life. But it is only when he returns home four years later that he discovers the devastating truth about what can happen after your dreams come true. The novel is available now from most online sellers or on order from your favorite neighborhood bookstore.
Meanwhile, Stillman has started on another novel, also set in the Southwest, this one taking place in the 1880's.