Moody attended Boston's Berklee School of Music. He also received from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas his M.A. (English) in 1987.
Moody served for the United States Air Force from 1959 to 1962. He moved to Las Vegas in 1963 and worked as a professional jazz drummer. Moody has played with many jazz musicians, including Jon Hendricks, Lou Rawls, Maynard Ferguson, Russ Freeman, and Carson Smith. He was also a free-lance writer since 1968 and a disc jockey since 1989.
Moody lived in northern California and taught creative writing at Sonoma State University. He died on January 14, 2018.
He was a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Crime Writers Association.
Moody had a child, Sarah Moody.