I come from long lines of witches and moonshiners, on both sides of my family. Despite that fact, I left Kentucky at age twenty and have become an acclaimed visual artist, an award-winning screenwriter, an expert woodworker, and a devout epicurean.
I spent my early 20s hitchhiking throughout the United States and Europe.
I've been arrested three times, but jailed only once. When I was fifteen I successfully stole an Air Force duffel bag full of marijuana from a Kentucky sheriff. Four different members of my family have attended parties where someone was shot and killed. And I once eluded the Florida Highway Patrol in a high speed chase.
I was also Captain of my high school debate team. The highest compliment I ever received from my debate coach was when he said, "John's so persuasive, he could sell clouds to a snake."