Interview with Paulette Jiles

Read Paulette Jiles Profile SLR: When did you first start writing stories?  When did you know you wanted to spend you life writing? PJ: I think I was eleven. I wrote an adventure story. Wrote it out by hand and drew illustrations for it. Writing was all I ever wanted to do other than live […]

Interview with Michael Lee West

Read Michael Lee West’s Profile SLR: Where were you born and raised? West: I was born in Lake Providence, Louisiana, raised in New Orleans and Cookeville, Tennessee. I spent much of my childhood in southern Mississippi, coastal and rural.  My parents (and their parents) were native Mississippians. SLR: What are you thoughts on where you […]

Interview with Darnell Arnoult

SLR: When did you first start writing stories?  When did you know you wanted to spend you life writing? DA: My father fought a boxing chimpanzee when I was two years old.  I heard that story told over and over from the time it happened, and by the time I was four, I was telling […]

Interview with Dr. Clayton Sullivan

SLR:  Hi Dr. Sullivan. Let’s start from the very beginning for those who don’t know you. Where were you born and raised in Mississippi? CS: Born and raised in Mississippi. Lived for a while in Louisville, Kentucky and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania., but mostly in in Mississippi. SLR:  I understand your background to be in philosophy and […]

Interview with Bev Marshall

Read Bev Marshall’s profile. SLR: When did you first start writing stories?  When did you know you wanted to spend you life writing? Marshall: I can’t remember ever actually writing a complete story until I was in my thirties when I took a class in creative writing at Christopher Newport College. Prior to that I […]

Interview with Steve Yarbrough

Mississippi native Steve Yarbrough is author of the PEN/Faulkner finalist Prisoners of War. SLR: You were born and raised in Mississippi.  Do you find it easier to write about Mississippi while living elsewhere, or harder? Yarbrough: I’ve never found it to be all that hard. Mississippi has a storytelling culture.  People talk endlessly about things […]

Interview with Daniel Wallace

Daniel Wallace is busy at work on a number of projects, following his novel Big Fish‘s adaptation to film, starring Ewan McGregor.   Wallace is the recipient of several humanities grants and awards including the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award as well as a North Carolina Arts Fellowship. He is also the author of The Watermelon King, […]

Interview with Charles Shields

Charles Shields  is author of. SLR: Mr. Shields, when I learned of your biography, I wondered–how? May I assume that you didn’t start this project thinking you’d receive any help from Ms. Lee?  And if so, did this undertaking turn out to be harder or easier than you expected? CS: From the beginning in 2002, […]