Earned a bachelor's at 27, then an M.F.A. that is still completely unused and in mint condition, never taken out of the box.
As a high-school drop-out, I knew I wanted to write, but I wasn't overly confident that I was going to be writing anything serious. I was happy enough with the idea that I could be a penny-a-word guy and survive.
I didn't really expect to be coming to the Oscars.
There's an overlap between social-realist fiction and crime fiction - a sweet spot there.
I felt like a number of things in me as a writer just clicked.
I've bumped into at least three people in town who all insist 'Winter's Bone' is about them.
When I started to be a writer, I was not going to run the risk of boring you.
But I've been at writing long enough now to know that every three or four books I have to start a new direction.
I always loved the verve and vivacity of pulp and I kind of merged it with my own interest in family stories.
The opening novel of the 'Bayou Trilogy' was the first one I finished.
I have a book in the pipeline of short stories. You want to hear an agent scream, say 'I'm thinking about doing a collection of short stories set in the Ozarks.'
I can't say that dropping out of school at 16 to join the Marines was my best idea. On the other hand, maybe it was. Who knows?
I don't want to be callous about it, but we all seemed to get over the Oklahoma bombing pretty quickly, and we're never going to get over 9/11.
I guess it's ridiculously romantic, but I wanted to be a full tilt, sink-or-swim writer.
I had gone to enlist in the Navy, but they had a long waiting list and no need for high-school dropouts.
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