Mercer's Manor has Dan Mercer leading a cast of strong male characters through their paces. Mercer's an ex-soldier from Andersonville Prison, trying to forge a new life for himself against tough odds. Mr. Woodall's descriptions paint a vivid picture of the harsh realities of the post Civil War era and Mercer is indeed a memorable hero in the best Western tradition.
Bobby R. Woodall was born in Oklahoma City in 1944, where he spent his childhood moving from state to state. This constant moving played havoc with his education, though his parents instilled in him a quest for knowledge. Woodall was the first of over fifty cousins to graduate from high school.
A troublemaker in his youth and later in the United States Marine Corps, Woodall learned to be fast with his fists and slow to handle his hot temper. He received an honorable discharge 9 January, 1964 and quickly got married. That marriage crumbled after four years, so he headed to California with a friend.
When Woodall was thirty, he had a horrible car accident and was given a computer when in rehabilitation. There was a psychologist in Indianapolis that had developed a program to help the brain damaged cope with life. While tackling these tasks, he started writing. Woodall would spend countless hours pursing a myriad of educational books, and eventually started writing westerns.