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Jerry’s interview with “Booksandauthors.net”
Booksandauthors.net: Where did you grow up and was reading and writing a part of your life? Who were your earliest influences and why?
Jerry Barksdale: I grew up on a farm in North Alabama chopping and picking cotton. Being the only child of an alcoholic father, I discovered reading as an escape from the drudgery of hard work and unhappiness. When I was age 15, my mom and I fled and moved to Milltown in Athens. While attending Athens High School I read Clarence Darrow for the Defense. Darrow a famous criminal defense lawyer represented John Scopes in the “Monkey Trial”. Later, I attended the trial of Joe Henry Johnson, a black man who was charged with the rape and murder of a local white woman. The lawyers struggled in the courtroom – one to take John Henry’s life, the other to save it. It was high drama and I was hooked. That’s when I knew I wanted to be a lawyer.
Booksandauthors.net: Why do you write?
Jerry Barksdale: Southerners are born storytellers. That’s how we communicate best. I grew up sitting around the fireplace or on the front porch during the summer, shelling peas, listening to my folks and neighbors tell stories. I have thousands of them thrashing around inside my head.
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