Gary Simmons has lived in Mississippi his entire life, spending most of his teen years in the Mississippi Delta. The Delta has been called “the most Southern place on earth”, southern in the sense of being characteristic of the American South. It was one of the richest cotton-growing areas in the country; and before the Civil War attracted speculators who developed land for cotton plantations depending on black slaves for labor. Later, locations in Mississippi were sites of key events related to the Civil Rights movement.
The author says he started writing because he had trouble sleeping. He didn’t start reading just for pleasure until after he had written his first book. It was suggested he read other things so he would have something with which to compare his own writing. He read “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” and was hooked.
Gary Simmons is 64 and lives with Pam, his wife of 43 years, in Byram, Mississippi. His memories of growing up in the south include watching the NAACP march down the Main Street of his town one day and the KuKluxKlan march down the same street the same day.
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