Life as a writer, humorist and cancer survivor

Author John Schulz will speak about his experiences with writing and battling cancer at the Shelby County Arts Council on May 8. (Contributed)

Author John Schulz will speak about his experiences with writing and battling cancer at the Shelby County Arts Council on May 8. (Contributed)

By CASSIE MOORE / Guest Columnist

Cancer is a frightening word, but according to John Schulz it’s important to find a way to deal with this difficult, sometimes crushing diagnosis with humor and optimism.

As author of “Requiem for a Redneck” and “Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days: Facing cancer treatments with humor and optimism,” Schulz will be the visiting author at the Shelby County Arts Council (SCAC) on May 8 at 6 p.m.

Schulz and his wife, Dekie, currently reside in Rome, Georgia, where they have lived the last 40 years.

It was there they started Wheredepony Press, a company designed to help independent writers self-publish their manuscripts, and where Schulz published his first book.

Described as funny and poignant, “Requiem for a Redneck” is the first in a trilogy portraying the lives of people in the north Georgia hills through a collection of stories. Schulz has since written “Redemption for a Redneck” and is working on the third and final book in the series, “Resurrection for a Redneck.”

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days,” Schulz’s most recent book, dives into his cancer story. The book chronicles the loss of his voice, his journey to a new voice through writing, as well as the questions he sought and the answers he obtained along the way.

Schulz explains where he garners strength and inspiration: “I have always been an optimist. I am a professional gardener and I have a caring, loving wife to talk with…I realize that a good attitude is one of the best medications we can have.”

Come hear Schulz speak about his experiences and his writing on May 8 at 6 p.m. at the SCAC. He will also be speaking at the Relay for Life event in Columbiana later the same day.

For more information on upcoming events visitShelbycountyartscouncil.com or call 669-0044.