Nancy Schoellkopf

year in books
Ursula
2,366 books | 101 friends

Andy Al...
716 books | 95 friends

Katya M...
421 books | 335 friends

Suzanne
735 books | 46 friends

Valerie
534 books | 229 friends

Sherrey
2,321 books | 287 friends

Maureen...
262 books | 160 friends

Diane A...
5 books | 20 friends

More friends…

Nancy Schoellkopf

Goodreads Author


Born
Sacramento, California, The United States
Twitter

Genre

Influences
Margaret Atwood, Sue Monk Kidd, Alice Hoffman, Barbara Kingsolver

Member Since
March 2012


Nancy Schoellkopf is a California poet and novelist who writes stories with spiritual themes. She is the author of the Avian Series of Novels--Yellow-Billed Magpie, Red-Tailed Hawk, and Ghost Owl—as well as the short story collection, Rover. In her books she has created a universe where each soul–orphaned, homeless, autistic, wounded, rich, poor, unremarkable, ageless–is discovered as a luminous gift. She invites the reader to ponder the extraordinary treasures hidden in the ordinary events of daily life.
Based in Sacramento, Nancy spent over 30 years teaching amazing children in Special Education classes in urban school districts. A full-time writer now, she enjoys lavishing attention on her cats, her garden, and her intriguing circle of fa
...more

To ask Nancy Schoellkopf questions, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Nancy Schoellkopf Here are a few things that have worked for me. Try them and let me know how it goes.
1. Meditate.
2. Go swimming.
3. Sit in the center of your house wher…more
Here are a few things that have worked for me. Try them and let me know how it goes.
1. Meditate.
2. Go swimming.
3. Sit in the center of your house where it's quiet and there are no windows and scream.
4. Go to a hardware store and collect paint chips. Choose three or six or nine colors that have amazing names, arrange the names like a poem, then chant them like a mantra. Trust me: bliss.
5. Read. Read poetry. Read the latest piece of literary fiction on the NYT best seller list. Read a thriller or a romance you buy in the grocery store. Re-read your very favorite books from each decade of your life. If that doesn't inspire you to write, find your favorite poems or prose paragraphs from these books and copy them in your notebook. Feel the rhythm.

When I went back to school in my mid-30s to get my teaching credentials and I was overwhelmed writing lesson plans and term papers and abstracts of research articles, I told my Mom I was so burnt out and afraid I'd never be able to write poetry again. My mother was one of the kindest women who ever lived . She said, "It will come back." BELIEVE MY MOM! Now go call the kindest person you know! It will help.(less)
Nancy Schoellkopf When I was young, writing was something my teachers told me I was good at, so I pursued it like a ghost or white whale. Decades later I have learned …more When I was young, writing was something my teachers told me I was good at, so I pursued it like a ghost or white whale. Decades later I have learned to relax and own the honor of calling myself a poet and novelist. The best thing now about being a writer is leaning back on the couch, a feline companion or two at my elbows, my notebook balanced in my lap, as I allow my imagination to lead me where it will. I am grateful that writing has taught me to trust the collaboration of heart, mind and right hand as they create a story whose ending will surprise me as much as it will my readers. Writing has claimed me. It is my spiritual practice. It shapes my days.(less)
Average rating: 4.32 · 63 ratings · 44 reviews · 5 distinct worksSimilar authors
Yellow-Billed Magpie

4.40 avg rating — 25 ratings — published 2015 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Red-Tailed Hawk (#2)

4.37 avg rating — 19 ratings2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ghost Owl

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 16 ratings — published 2017 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Rover: And Other Magical Tales

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 3 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
Wild Imaginings - Flash Fic...

0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Nancy Schoellkopf…

Wagons

Years ago I had a student named Joseph who was deaf and mute and on the autism spectrum.  He was 9 years-old, with big brown eyes, and sandy hair.  I loved him and I knew he trusted me.  When it was time to come in from the playground, he could not hear the bell, so I would stretch my arms wide and he would run across the yard to hug me.  If he didn’t want to come in he would pointedly cover his e

Read more of this blog post »
 •  0 comments  •  flag
Share on Twitter
Published on September 18, 2020 06:00

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

Nancy’s Recent Updates

Nancy Schoellkopf wrote a new blog post

Wagons

Years ago I had a student named Joseph who was deaf and mute and on the autism spectrum.  He was 9 years-old, with big brown eyes, and sandy hair.  I Read more of this blog post »
Nancy Schoellkopf wants to read
How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell
Rate this book
Clear rating
Nancy Schoellkopf rated a book liked it
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Where the Crawdads Sing
by Delia Owens (Goodreads Author)
Rate this book
Clear rating
Friends described Where the Crawdads Sing as “gripping” and “a page turner.” So I was surprised when I opened it and discovered the brief prologue was a lovely litany on the distinction between a marsh and a swamp. A perfect opening, introducing us t ...more
Nancy Schoellkopf rated a book really liked it
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Rate this book
Clear rating
I read "Where'd you Go, Bernadette" a few years back when my brother gave it to me for Christmas. I thought it was laugh-out-loud funny. But now that I'm seeing TV commercials for the new Richard Linklater/Cate Blanchette movie, I'm wondering if I mi ...more
Nancy Schoellkopf rated a book really liked it
The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell
The Old Drift
by Namwali Serpell (Goodreads Author)
Rate this book
Clear rating


Every summer I go in search of a book I can fall in love with. A book that will capture my imagination with poetic language, fascinating characters, and a compelling story. A book I can’t put down.

As the weather warmed, and I became too lazy to get o
...more
Nancy Schoellkopf rated a book it was ok
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
Rate this book
Clear rating
I recently read The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (see my review, May 30, 2019, https://nancyschoellkopf.com/2019/05/...). When I saw reviewers draw comparisons between "Lemon cake" and "Chocolate", I decided to give Laura Esquivel's story a seco ...more
Nancy Schoellkopf rated a book it was amazing
The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman
The Red Garden
by Alice Hoffman (Goodreads Author)
Rate this book
Clear rating
Don't you love it when you fall madly in love with a book? The Red Garden is that un-put-downable book for me. It was an unexpected treat since it’s not my favorite form—a set of interlocking short stories. Each tale takes place in the Massachusetts ...more
Nancy Schoellkopf rated a book it was ok
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
Rate this book
Clear rating
I recently read The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (see my review, May 30, 2019, https://nancyschoellkopf.com/2019/05/...). When I saw reviewers draw comparisons between "Lemon cake" and "Chocolate", I decided to give Laura Esquivel's story a seco ...more
Nancy Schoellkopf rated a book really liked it
The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell
The Old Drift
by Namwali Serpell (Goodreads Author)
Rate this book
Clear rating


Every summer I go in search of a book I can fall in love with. A book that will capture my imagination with poetic language, fascinating characters, and a compelling story. A book I can’t put down.

As the weather warmed, and I became too lazy to get o
...more
Nancy Schoellkopf rated a book liked it
Varina by Charles Frazier
Rate this book
Clear rating
Varina is a beautiful book, because Charles Frazier writes some of the most beautiful, lyrical sentences of any author writing prose today. His words force the reader to slow down and savor every lovely description, to open oneself to the metaphors a ...more
More of Nancy's books…
“Books seem to follow me home like stray cats.”
Nancy Schoellkopf

“I am dreaming, but I don't know it yet.”
Nancy Schoellkopf, Ghost Owl

“How to open your heart? Step one: listen.”
Nancy Schoellkopf

“There are no sh*thole countries. There is only one Earth and we all arose from her water and mud.”
Nancy Schoellkopf

“He felt again the presence of invisible cities, here in the moist soil of his back yard, providing shelter for his fears, his memories, and every mythic animal that had ever visited him whether on earth plane or dreamscape.”
Nancy Schoellkopf, Red-Tailed Hawk

“It is our greatest desire to see our own ideas of perfection manifest, but we must be open to the idea that God's perfection may not look the way we want it to.”
Nancy Schoellkopf

“Prayer may not be something you do. It may be something you are.”
Nancy Schoellkopf

“May the love we have for each other be a perfect reflection of the love God has for us.”
Nancy Schoellkopf

106052 Inspiring Book Club — 1864 members — last activity Sep 20, 2020 01:49PM
Inspire and be Inspired! Welcome to Inspiring Book Club where you can talk about your all-time favorite book that has inspired you the most, and helpe ...more
2281 Magic Realism — 864 members — last activity Jun 18, 2020 12:27AM
Magic realism is a global and varied mode of literature, from the early twentieth century European works which made the everyday seem magical, to the ...more



No comments have been added yet.