Nic Pizzolatto — American Novelist born on October 18, 1975,

Nicholas Austin "Nic" Pizzolatto is an American novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, and producer. He is best known for creating the HBO crime drama series True Detective... (wikipedia)

I liked teaching, but the bureaucracy of academia and the petty intrigue... It wasn't a good fit. Once I admitted that myself, that I didn't like academia, I was ready to try TV.
Art was always for me an escape and a way to relate to the world around me.
I made 'True Detective' like it was going to be the only thing I ever made for television. So put in everything and the kitchen sink. Everything.
I was raised in a heavily Catholic family. Early and consistent encounters with mysticism.
For the finale, I thought the audience deserved to get a close point of view on the monster, and to recognize him the way you recognize the heroes of 'True Detective.'