Born to the water in the Gulf Coast, Will learned to swim in the bayou and grew up amongst many dialects giving rise to an early love of language. Family roots are in pre-US Spanish Pensacola, New Orleans, and Arkansas. 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 Appalachian mountains to the Missouri bootheel with rumored mixtures with outcasts of various kinds including Blackfoot, Cherokee, 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 . . .