Stewart O'Nan discusses F. Scott Fitzgerald, Stephen King

April 1, 2015 12:03 PM

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Pittsburgh native and best-selling author Stewart O'Nan started writing professionally with his wife's encouragement and left his career as a Grumman Aerospace Corp. test engineer to pursue his real passion. O'Nan, 54, is an award-winning fiction writer and author of "Last Night at the Lobster," "Snow Angels" and "A Prayer for the Dying." His latest work, "West of Sunset," concentrates on F. Scott Fitzgerald's years in Hollywood as a screenwriter. Fitzgerald's wife, Zelda, was in a mental institution, and his daughter, Scottie, was in boarding school. He was the breadwinner, but his glory days were behind him. O'Nan also has collaborated with horror writer Stephen King.

Q: How different do you think F. Scott would have been had Zelda never been in his life?

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