With the cooperation of Waldorf Publishing, we are proud to be able to profile some of the finest fiction and non-fiction authors out there today.The second of the series is Nic Schuck.
How did you get your start in the literary world? I decided to go to school to learn about writing and about literature when I was twenty years old. I had a story I wanted to tell, but didn’t know how. I didn’t know any writers and didn’t know where to start so I figured college was the right choice. I graduated with an English degree in 2004. I at least had some direction at this point. I knew what writers I enjoyed reading. I started teaching middle school English to pay the bills and I continued reading as much as I could and writing every day on what would become my first novel, Native Moments. In 2007, I finished a first draft and it was horrible. I didn’t know it at the time. Well, I kind of knew it, but wasn’t honest with myself. After many rejections, I put Native Moments away and pretty much stopped writing for a few years. I kept reading though. And studying the craft, but I wasn’t practicing it anymore. Then in 2009, my wife at the time was pregnant and I was going to have a child and I thought how can I tell my daughter to follow her dreams if I gave up on mine so I went back to school. I enrolled in the Creative Writing master’s program at the University of West Florida and graduated in 2012. My drive for writing was reignited. I was determined to get Native Moments published. From 2012 to 2016 I kept rewriting. In August of 2016, I felt confident Native Moments was finished and ready for publication. I told myself I would go the traditional route and if I got 300 rejections, I would self-publish. After 76 rejections, Barbara Terry of Waldorf Publishing said she would publish my book.
Can you tell us a bit about your book?My newest book is Panhandlers. It is available for preorder on Amazon or directly from the Waldorf website and will be published in October of 2018. It’s set in a fictional lumber town on the Alabama-Florida border in the Florida Panhandle. It’s a story of poverty and crime and drugs and family and an attempt to escape the unfortunate circumstances the characters are born into.
What is your next big project?I’m working on another novel. It’s a western. I always liked the genre and want to be able to sit at the table with my heroes that have written in that genre. McCarthy again and Elmore Leonard and Tom Franklin and Tony Hillerman.
Anything else you’d like to add?Thanks for talking with me.