|Born||March 7, 1947 |
St. Joseph, Missouri, United States(age 64)
|Occupation||Novelist, Playwright, Songwriter|
Austin Gary (born Gary Austin Heyde, March 7, 1947, St. Joseph, Missouri, United States) is an American novelist, mostly known as a BMI award-winning songwriter for "The Car" by Jeff Carson (as Gary Heyde) and recordings by other country performers like Tammy Wynette and John Berry, and as Associate Producer of albums by Carson, Berry and Hank Williams, Jr.'s Hog Wild album. Also a storyteller, he has appeared on Seattle Public radio station KUOW with personal stories about Thornton Wilder and the Martin Luther King assassination. He is also a teacher, intuitive numerologist and former newspaper editor.
His new novel, Miss Madeira published in August 2011, was a semi-finalist in the 2009 Faulkner-Wisdom Literary Competition. In 2008 his unpublished novel "Ask Me No Secrets" was a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Competition. "Genius", Austin's novel in progress, was a Finalist (Short List) in the 2010 Faulkner-Wisdom Literary Competition.
He is the father of stage director Rachel Rockwell and Jeremy Spencer, drummer for heavy metal band, Five Finger Death Punch. He currently lives in Port Moody, British Columbia.
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