Bobbie Ann Mason was born in Western Kentucky. A film version of her first novel In Country 1985) was produced in 1989, starring Emily Lloyd and Bruce Willis. Her memoir Clear Springs (1999) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her most novel is The Girl in the Blue Beret (2011). She has also written several collections of short stories, including Shiloh and Other Stories (1982), Midnight Magic (1988) and Nancy Culpepper (2006).