|Bobbie Ann Mason grew up on a Kentucky dairy farm where there were no books but Nancy Drew and the Bobbsey Twins. On scholarship, she attended the University of Kentucky, where she received her B.A., and earned an M.A. at SUNY-Binghamton, and a Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut where she wrote her (unpublished) first novel, based on the lives of the Beatles. She married Roger B. Rawlings, a magazine editor, in 1969. Before "Shiloh and Other Stories" was published, Mason wrote for movie and television magazines, and taught college English.