Wildcatters and Hell-Raisers: On Being a Writer From Texas

From a story on lithub.com by Kimberly Garza headlined “Wildcatters and Hell-Raisers: On Being a Writer From Texas”:

The kids’ eyes, wide and bright at first, narrowed and dimmed with every one of my answers. Do you ride horses to school? I shook my head. Do you wear cowboy hats and boots every day? No. But everyone has guns, yes? I sighed heavily. I was fifteen, had been in the Philippines less than three days, and was used to these questions from my extended family here and any other friends and neighbors who heard “the Texans were visiting.” From 8,000 miles away the shadow of my home state loomed large.