Zane Grey (1872 - 1939) wrote his first story at the age of fifteen, it was entitled Jim of the Cave. His father reportedly responded by tearing the book to shreds and giving Zane a beating. It's long been observed that the best way to ensure a teen-ager will do something is to offer a prohibition against it. And I'd like to think that this episode of "parental guidance" was a primary contributor to Grey's prolific career as an American novelist.
Pearl Zane Grey was the writer's full name. He was born into a family that immigrated to the American colonies in 1673 and grew up in Zanesville, OH, a town founded by and named after his his maternal great-grandfather Ebenezer Zane. As a writer he is known as an iconic voice of Western genres and the American frontier. His most famous novel is the popular American Western Riders of the Purple Sage (1912).