Originally from Chataignier, Louisiana, a small community in south central Louisiana, Jude Roy writes about the Cajuns who live, play, and work there. His work has appeared in such venues as The Southern Review, American Short Fiction, PEN Syndicated Fiction's The Sound of Writing, The Fiction Writer, Mysterical-E, The Writing Disorder, and numerous other magazines and anthologies. When he isn't writing, he is either playing tennis or teaching at Madisonville Community College. Writers that have influenced him are numerous, but William Faulkner, Sherwood Anderson, Ernest Gaines, and Richard Bausch come to mind as he writes this. He studied writing at The University Louisiana Lafayette under Ernest Gaines and at George Mason University under Richard Bausch and Alan Cheuse.