Blevins rushed out of Arkansas and Missouri, passionate to get to
college. Then he rushed through an early marriage, teaching positions
in colleges, and good jobs as a reviewer of music, theater, and
music in Los Angeles, passionate to write books.
The outward result of all this energy
has been twelve novels (including STONE SONG, which won the Spur
award and the Mountains and Plains Booksellers award for fiction),
three volumes of informal history, and a dictionary. He has also
sold five screenplays, and countless short stories and magazine
and newspaper articles.
He says he considers writing for
a living an indescribable blessing. He lives with his wife Meredith,
the center of his life, in the canyon country of the Four Corners.
Aside from writing and his family, his loves are his spiritual path,
music, hiking, and collecting stories.
"We are seeing, being created
right now, a new western for a new, young, hip audience, says Blevins.
"Its heroes aren't cowboys and soldiers, but Indians, mountain
men, women, blacks, Hispanics, Mormons, and all the other westerners
who were shoved aside in the first myth. It's more complex, more
interesting, more fully human than the old myth. It deals less with
taming the country and more with living with it.
"A lot of researching, thinking,
dreaming, and story-telling will be needed to bring this myth into
its own. I'm lucky to be one of the story-tellers doing it."