St. Paul, Minn. — Ron McLarty has enjoyed a long career in the theater and on television. He's appeared recently in "The Practice" and "Sex and the City" amongst other T-V shows. For as long as he can remember, he's also been writing fiction, for five hours every morning.
He says he has at least ten novels tucked away, some of them a couple of thousand pages long. 15 years ago, he suffered a horrible tragedy. A car wreck killed both of his parents.
McLarty began writing about that as a way of clearing his head. As he continued, he realized his subject had somehow become "a fat guy on a bike" who rides across America. McLarty told Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr he didn't know where the character Smithy came from, but he became central to the best-selling novel "The Memory of Running"