A native of Gainesville, Florida, author Nick West attended the University of Florida where he became interested in writing. He is a veteran of the United States Navy, and together with his family, has owned and operated a landscape business for more than 20 years. He and his wife Kay and their children, Tammy, John and Christy, along with their families, all live on the farm where he grew up near Archer. He is the author of The Great Southern Circus and The Long Road Home.
The Great Southern Circus, his first book, is a collection of circus stories told to him by his grandmother, as they were told to her by her grandmother, Miranda Madderra, who performed with a horse-drawn caravan just prior to the Civil War. His second book, The Long Road Home, follows the main characters from The Great Southern Circus as they traverse the difficult and painful years of the American Civil War.
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Thanks for this interview. Tell us a little about what got you into writing?
I believe that all writers are avid readers. As such I have tremendous respect for those who are talented enough to draw their readers into a caring relationship with the characters in their books. I have found that after reading a good book, I often recall the experiences of the characters as I would good friends or family members. That is my goal as a writer. I have attempted to relate these stories in a way that future generations of my own family could relate to them as the real people that they were. My effort is to bring these wonderful people to life in my books so that even readers outside of my own family would feel as connected to them as I do.
What was your inspiration for The Long Road Home?
When The Great Southern Circus became available nationally on Amazon, I was contacted by a large number of readers who had become invested in the characters of that book. As that book ended, half the characters rushed to join the Union Army and the other half joined the Southern cause. Readers wanted to know what had become of these folks during the Civil War. This book answers those questions.
So the novel is part biographical, part fictional?