Lee Smith — Great Southern Storyteller
by Mary Laura Philpott
The prolific author speaks on growing up in the mountains, fiction’s role in society, and why biscuits are something worth celebrating.
How often does it hit you just how many people have read your books?
It doesn’t, really. I live in a little town where if you throw a rock, you hit a writer, so it’s not a big deal. Hillsborough has always been kind of a leafy, dreamy town that’s a haven for writers and artists and outlaws.
What about when you travel?
Sometimes I sit down on a plane next to somebody who’s reading one of my books. The first thing I ask is if they like it. If they do, then I say who I am.
And if they don’t?
Then I don’t say a thing!