American novelist and screenwriter, most known for his books like As I Was Young and Easy (1958), Spore 7 (1979), and In Honkytonk Man (1980).
He was a high school drop-out and worked as a cotton picker.
He wrote both the novels and the screenplay of Honkytonk Man.
He had at least one child and four grandchildren.
Clint Eastwood starred in Honkytonk Man.