Before he became a best selling author, James Lee Burke showed amazing perseverance in the face of serious rejection. Burke submitted his novel The Lost Get-Back Boogie 111 times before it was finally published by Louisiana State University Press. Soon after its publication the novel was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Burke is best known for his Dave Robicheaux mystery series, which is set in Louisiana, not far from the Texas – Louisiana Gulf Coast region where he grew up. His latest novel, The Tin Roof Blowdown, deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and is set for release this July.