At Home with Short Story Writer J.W. Nicklaus


the-light-the-dark-and-ember-betweenAuthor’s Name: J.W. Nicklaus
Book Title: The Light, The Dark & Ember Between
Genre: Short Stories
Publisher: Bedside Books
Page Count: 196 pages
ISBN: 1589825055
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Author’s Bio:

J.W. Nicklaus resides in a place not entirely fit for human habitation about five months of the year. No pets to speak of, only the apparitions from which all romantics suffer.

An Arizona native, he’s been from one coast to the other, and a few places in between. College brought an AA in Journalism with a minor in Photography, and a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications. His work experience has run the gamut from Creative Director for a small advertising firm in Tucson to a litigation support bureau in Phoenix (and assuredly some awkward stuff in the mix).

Snow has been featured prominently in his stories, perhaps because of the seasonless cli-mate he lives in. Nature was meant to be enjoyed and experienced, not hidden from the senses. So to that end, he hopes someday to live amongst those who are able to live through four true seasons, and not just blast furnace and warm.

He enjoys the occasional Arizona Diamondbacks game with his son, as well as watching him grow up. The experience of being a single dad has taught him far more about himself than he ever thought possible.

Within the expanse of every waking moment, he hopes his guardian angel keeps its arms open wide and heart ever watchful, for there but for one true Hope goes She.

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1. Where do you live (city, country)? Phoenix, Arizona USA
2. What is the weather like? Temperate to Hell-ish (summers). It’s very arid most of the time.
3. Have you lived there very long? Native born
4. Would you rather live somewhere else? Yes, preferably somewhere with lots of green, and rain.
5. Are you married or single? Single
6. Do you have kids? One great son; loves baseball, does very well in school
7. Where were you born? Phoenix, AZ
8. What was your childhood like? Apparently too short, but otherwise normal.
9. What was it like growing up as a teen? What did you do for fun? School, lots of bike riding, skateboards, music, and the routine litany of unrequited crushes.
10. Back to the present, what’s your favorite room in your house? Living room—it has my television, stereo, and PC.
11. Do you have an outside job? I work full-time, yes.
12. What is your favorite thing to do on your day off? Spend time with my son.
13. What’s your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Eggs, bacon, hash browns. If I’m feeling up to it, I’ll make crepes.
14. Do you have any pets? None
15. Do you know your neighbors? No. I’ve said hello, but can’t say I know them.
16. Pepsi or Coke? Pepsi, most assuredly.
17. Favorite time of year? Any month when the weather is cooler—so that leaves out summer.
18. Favorite color? Used to be red, but now I’m more an earth-tones kinda guy.
19. Favorite book? I can’t honestly pick a favorite.
20. Does your car look better than your house? Not even close.
21. What’s on your mousepad? My mouse pad at work has Bugs Bunny on it. The one I use at home is black with a wristpad.
22. How many times do you let the phone ring before you answer it? 2
23. What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? It really depends on what my last dream was like.
24. Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate
25. Do you like to drive too fast? Typically within 5mph of the posted limit.
26. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal? Just me, myself, and I.
27. If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be? Perhaps the most clichéd answer, but genuine: Jesus Christ. I would love to meet any number of our founding fathers, but how fascinating would it be to meet the man who gave us Christianity?
28. What’s your favorite alcoholic drink? Perhaps a beer called Hardcore Ale. I very rarely drink, but once in a while it just sounds really good.
29. What is your zodiac sign? I’m a textbook Virgo.
30. If you could have any job that you wanted, what would it be? Something creative that allowed me to travel.
31. What’s under your bed? Blankets and a couple of tall folding chairs.
32. Is the glass half empty or half full? Most of the time, it’s half full.

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3 responses »

  1. You can move to Western Massachusetts, Jeff. Lots of green stuff, and during the summer we have some great thunderstorms. Of course, the best season around here is fall, because of all the leaves changing colors.

    Thanks for sharing so much about yourself.


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