I’m one of the few people left who started grade school in a one room country school house. There were eight grades and one teacher who lived in the back of the school. It had no running water, and the parents had to take turns bringing water every day for the children to drink, and the teacher to use. There was no plumbing and the only bathroom was an outhouse out back. The teacher stayed at the school during the week and drove back to town on the weekends.
Finding a topic or idea to write has never been a problem. All my life I have had thoughts or visions of stories and now I know those are stories waiting to be told and that I’m not crazy after all-maybe a little bit, but that only makes it more interesting. All my life I have had people tell me that my writing is better than good, and so a few years ago I took some of my writings to a local University’s Master of Fine Art Program and they said it was the best writing that they had every pass their way. I wrote the Collection of Short Stories to demonstrate my ability with various genres. After I completed the collection, I sent it to Kirkus for their review. I have several other novels written that need to be edited before they can be published.
I have no accolades to show anyone, so I’ll let my writings speak for themselves. If you are looking for someone that writes like every else don’t waste your time here, but if you want someone that will that can reach deep into your heart and make you feel like the characters in my stories, you owe to yourself to take an hour of your time and read my stories. I'll let Kirkus Review speak for me.
A short story collection that's by turns wry, heartwarming, and richly dramatic.
Schulz's debut fiction anthology contains 26 short stories of varying formats and lengths, each anchored on the common framework of a small, Western farming community called Havelock, an unpretentious place far from the big cities. Between stories, Schulz intersperses tongue-in-cheek snippets from the town's various announcements and advertisements, like one for the Havelock Mortuary: "We are the only mortuary in town. So it's either us or behind the barn." The stories range widely in both tone and scope; some are very short, little more than bits of dialogue with stage directions, while others, although usually still quite short, are far more complex and ambitious, such as the collection's most gripping piece, "Terror in the Heartland," which opens with a trio of strangers driving onto the isolated farm of an old couple who's been there 20 years. The visitors trigger the husband's suspicions, and when the men return armed and obviously intent on murder, they get the story's well-executed surprise: The seemingly mild-mannered old farmer is a retired special agent more than capable of defending himself and his wife. "The AK-47 is a dependable and an easy weapon to use," he muses. "I had many friends who were killed with this weapon." Equally detailed but entirely different in tone is "Gone Fishing," in which a workaholic bank employee in North Dakota goes on a road trip to go fishing, though he suddenly finds himself back in the 1950s, able to visit his parents' farm as a young man and get a second chance at living his life. This note of nostalgia runs through most of the stories—a strong evocation of simpler times full of common sense and daily kindness. Lost and lonely people in dire straits ("Mary started the winter without any supplies or coal, and a dead husband") are saved again and again by the simple kindness of others; in one bleak story, hope is brought by none other than Santa Claus.
A touching, effective collection that will keep its smiling readers guessing.Read full book review >