Purveyor of the written word, Nancy Loyan Schuemann has covered the gambit, from writing history books on Cleveland, Ohio to writing for local, regional and national publications, specializing in construction, architecture, design, profiles, histories and belly dance.
Nancy has been writing ever since she began composing picture books for fellow students in elementary school. During the past twenty years has she pursued writing professionally. Hers is a life gone full circle.
After graduating with a BSBA degree in marketing from John Carroll University (Phi Theta Kappa honors fraternity and Who’s Who Among Junior College Students), her career has been varied. Jobs held range from retail management, government/major accounts representative for a Canon photocopier dealer, pharmaceutical sales, account manager for an advertising/public relations firm and assisting her husband with his architectural photography business, as his office manager.
She has had training in commercial art, voiceovers and on-camera acting (Television Workshop and The Cleveland Playhouse), hosted a cable television show for Cuyahoga Community College and has modeled in fashion shows. She is a graduate of the Shaker Heights Citizen’s Police Academy and the City of South Euclid Citizen’s Police Academy. In addition, Nancy has been a community and church volunteer and fundraiser (Past-President of The Health Museum Auxiliary, Past-President of Chapter CD-PEO, Past-President of the Northeast Ohio Chapter of Romance Writers of America, church historian, member of COSE’s Home Business Advisory Council, member of Chautauqua Writers and The Professional Women’s Business Network at the Institution. She taught writing at the Institution (“So You Want to be a Writer?”, “An Introduction to Romance Writing and Women’s Fiction,” and “Self-Publishing 101”). She has spoken before its Literary Circle. In 2015, her novel, A Kiss in the Rain was featured in the Chautauqua Bookstore where she held a successful book signing in the famous Author’s Alcove. She was interviewed for an article in The Chautauquan Daily newspaper and was a guest on WJTM-Jamestown, New York radio. Nancy also instructs writing for the Cuyahoga County Public Library system and the Shaker Arts Council. She has also taught writing for adult education. She has had numerous speaking engagements and book signings. In 2017, she was interviewed on a local cable television show, Cable 9’s “Mind, Body, Spirit.”
Nancy’s writing career has been as varied as her life. From being a reporter for a local newspaper (winning a NCPA Press Award) to being a regular contributor to Safe and Vault Technology magazine, Properties magazine (where she was a lead writer for over ten years) and Cleveland magazine. She has also written online for Examiner.com, Bellydance Superstars magazine and Mysterious Universe. She has been published in architecture, construction, design, profiles, history, travel, science and special interest.
Nancy was commissioned to write and coordinate publication of a local history book,On the Threshold of a New Century: The City of South Euclid, 1967-1999. In 2004, the book experienced a revival, culminating in a successful book signing at Joseph-Beth Booksellers and speaking engagements.
In 2007, Nancy was selected to research and write the narrative of an upscale coffee table book, Cleveland, Ohio: A Photographic Portrait, published by Twinlights Publishing out of MA in the summer of 2008 and nationally distributed. She has had book signings at Barnes and Noble and at Joseph-Beth Booksellers. The book was a Cleveland best seller.
In Spring, 2011, her first novel, “Paradise Found,” a multicultural women’s fiction novel set in the exotic Seychelles Islands was published as an e-book with InnerVision books and has since been self-published. Since, she had five women’s fiction/romance novels published with Crimson Romance, an imprint of F & W Media, publishers of Writers’ Digest Books and the Cup of Comfort series (Lab Test, Wishes and Tears, The Right Combination, Hearts of Steel, Special Angel). Crimson is now owned by Simon and Schuster. She has since regained the rights and has republished several of these titles. Her first foray into self-publishing was her historical women’s fiction novel, Champagne for Breakfast. Her latest novel is A Kiss in the Rain, set at the esteemed Chautauqua Institution in New York State. Several new novels are set for release.
When she’s not writing, Nancy teaches Middle Eastern dance as “Nailah” to private students and performing. She has taught for Cleveland State University, the YMCA and private dance studios. She danced regularly with Celtic-World Music band UZIZI. She has taught at dance workshops, lectured before women’s groups and at retreats, taught at the Chautauqua Institution (instructing her tenth season, Summer, 2017) and Lakeside. She was the first non-ballet presenter before the Institution’s prestigious Dance Circle, has appeared on local radio, in the newspaper and as part of the Institution’s marketing campaign. She has studied in Egypt and loves international travel. In her free time she enjoys reading, sewing, travel, learning to play the piano, collecting antique safes and spending time with her husband and black Labrador Retriever, Topaz and English Pointer, Amber.