Jay Westfaul was raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. After graduating from the University of Mississippi Law School, he remained in North Mississippi, resides in Oxford, and serves as a lawyer, judge, professor and church organist.
He became interested in Mississippi politics at an early age, first campaigning at the age of five for his father, who served as a long-time city council member. Westfaul became Mississippi's Boys Nation Delegate in 1983 where he met many of the political figures mentioned in this book.
He returned to Washington for a short time during undergraduate school on a Lyndon B. Johnson internship, working for a Member of Congress.