But her short story "Brokeback Mountain" -- crafted into an Oscar-likely script by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana -- has made it more difficult for the Wyoming-transplanted writer to stay hidden in her beloved backwoods.
Today's San Francisco Chronicle features a Q&A interview with Proulx that's about as revealing as she can be ... which is to say, not too terribly much. But she has some interesting things to say. Among them, her hopes for the story, in both its film and literary forms:
"I hope that it is going to start conversations and discussions, that it's going to awaken in people an empathy for diversity, for each other and the larger world. I'm really hoping that the idea of tolerance will come through discussions about the film. People tend to walk out of the theater with a sense of compassion, which I think is very fine. It is a love story. It has been called both universal and specific and I think that's true. It's an old, old story. We've heard this story a million times, we just haven't heard it quite with this cast."