Never Sets on
Telling (True) Stories
by Gretchen Johnston
When you graduate from college, where would you like to live and what do you want to be? California? Screenwriter? Washington, D.C.? Poet? Cullowhee? Professor? How about New York City? For Western Carolina University English alumnus Nick Taylor, NYC is the perfect spot to continue his flourishing career as a nonfiction writer.
Taylor, who started his career as a television and newspaper reporter, now sits at home in jeans and a tee shirt doing what he loves.
“I try to write something every day,” says Taylor, “although I spend a lot of time in various kinds of research.”
The hours of research have not gone unrewarded. Taylor’s publications include his collaboration on John Glenn: A Memoir with the astronaut and senator; A Necessary End, a book about his parents’ final years; In Hitler’s Shadow, which became an HBO movie; and Sins of the Father, currently under motion picture option.
Taylor credits WCU with helping him develop the skills to make his writing come alive while sharpening his observation and interviewing talents. These skills helped Taylor get his start as a newspaper reporter, but he soon found his passion in nonfiction writing.
“When I left WCU I didn’t know I could make a living as a writer outside a newspaper,” says Taylor, “but the possibilities are actually endless.”