Deborah Coonts’s mother tells her she was born in Texas a very long time ago, though she’s not totally sure—her mother can’t be trusted. But she was definitely raised in Texas on barbeque, Mexican food, and beer. She currently resides in Las Vegas, where family and friends tell her she can’t get into too much trouble. Silly people. Ms. Coonts has built her own business, practiced law, flown airplanes, written a humor column for a national magazine, and survived a teenager.