Born to the water in the Gulf Coast, Will grew up amongst many dialects giving rise to an early love of languages. Family roots are in New Orleans and Arkansas while the Florida branch traces back to the Spanish that arrived in Pensacola around the 1600s, with history and distant relatives in pre-Conquest Galicia. Some ancestors on the Louisiana side were baptized German Catholic in the French St. Louis Cathedral while the more mobile Arkansas maternal side traces a meandering genealogy from the Southeastern mountains to Missouri with rumored mixtures with outcasts of various kinds including Blackfoot, Cherokee, scions of the Boone clan and others. But these wandering ancestors were lumbermen, travelers, itinerant preachers, and impecunious storytellers and so much of that family history is shrouded in tales and mysteries . . .