Winston Groom has created a body of work in both fiction and history. He has written several novels of the Vietnam experience, as well as nonfiction about the expansion of the American West and America at war. He is perhaps best known for Forrest Gump, which was made into a 1994 Academy award-winning film starring Tom Hanks and directed by Robert Zemeckis. His most recent book, El Paso, his first novel in nearly twenty years, is set during the Mexican Revolution. He lives in Point Clear, Alabama.