A fourth generation Texan, James BigBoy Medlin was born in Santa Anna, raised in Odessa, and further educated in Austin. He was a founding writer of the Austin Sun, L.A. Weekly, and E! Entertainment television. He and his partner, Michael Ventura, wrote Roadie, a rock & roll comedy starring Meat Loaf and Art Carney. Medlin recently published his first novel, Slap Noir, a dark murder mystery not without mirth.