C. W. Schultz is the pseudonym for American writer Calen Sifferman (born in Seattle, Washington on January 24, 1985). He graduated from Shorecrest High School in 2003 and Shoreline Community College in 2006.
On July 5, 2007, Schultz’s debut novel Yeval was released, a story which came to be through a script Schultz had written for a film. After reading transgressive fiction, Schultz realized how he could tell Yeval the way he intended to but had too many boundaries with the screenplay (no voice-overs, funding, location, length, etc.).
Schultz’s interest in literature continued with Tales from the Gallows, a currently incomplete compilation of short-stories.
Being a major animal lover, Schultz started 2008 with a short-lived blog about bird care for the fallen Seattle Post-Intelligencer called Birdie Basics, but soon resigned due to finding it unnecessarily repetitive, explaining that, “You can’t eternally expand fact like you can with opinion. I said what needed to be said for basic information about bird care for beginners. It’s time to move on. The blog is complete. The mission is accomplished.”
Throughout much of 2008, Schultz wrote trivia questions for game-show Eastern Expedition before the show was eventually cancelled.
The Late Sorry, a movie Schultz wrote the story and co-wrote the screenplay for, was filmed July 23, 2008 through July 27, 2008. The film has been in post-production limbo, with only an unofficial rough cut being screened in early 2009 along with a few other films Schultz was a crew member on (prop manager, camera operator). Ironically, with all the film-set experience Schultz has had for films he did not write, he was not once present on the set of The Late Sorry.
2010 marked three standout writing projects for Schultz: 1) Shoreline Community College commercials, which producers decided not to air when marketing issues arose during post-production; 2) the release of The Pack, Schultz’s second novel; and 3) the filming of Watch, a short film which, at one point, was intended to be a series of webisodes.
In March 2011, the cancellation of Monsters—a script being pitched since 2006—and Guilt Sticken/Men of Principle—a script started in late 2010—was announced. It was decided that the stories were misguided and that many of their themes could be misinterpreted. Schultz decided that writing new stories would be better use of time rather than salvaging the two scripts. The new stories focused on were all feature-length screenplays and current spec scripts: Murder Masterpiece, No Place Like Home and The Fortune Tree.
On September 7, 2012, it was confirmed that Watch would premiere at the Gig Harbor Film Festival on October 21, 2012. The response was favorable, with the film being placed as the First Runner-Up (2nd Place) for the Director’s Choice Award for Best Short Film.
In promotion for Watch’s official release, a Kindle Edition of Yeval was released on September 18, 2012. The Pack was released on Kindle on October 26, 2012 (its two year anniversary) in promotion for Jill.
On Friday, December 7, 2012, Schultz’s third novel Jill was released.
Schultz’s short horror story The Stairwell, originally a spec script entitled Echo with Laughter, was released in the eighth issue of Sirens Call Publications. The short bio that was included in the release confirmed that Schultz is working on a children’s story that is expected to be part of an ongoing series. His upcoming involvement with children’s literature is not a new and tamer era of Schultz’s writing, but rather him expanding his horizons.
In an interview on November 6th, 2015 with author Joanie Chevalier, Schultz hinted that a fifth and sixth novel might be worked on and/or released back-to-back: “My rule is to work on one project at a time. However, I have a feeling my fifth and sixth book will be written around the same time; one will be a paranormal thriller that takes place in a misty coastal town in the Pacific Northwest, while the other will be the first installment in a fantasy series. We’ll see how breaking my own rule goes…”
On October 2nd, 2016, in a rare blog post, Schultz confirmed that a fifth novel is in the works, with an expected release date of late-2018. In July 2017, while reflecting on Yeval in a post for its 10 year anniversary, he revealed the fifth novel’s title is The Fall of Peacetime, and is still on track for a 2018 premiere; however, in a January 2018 post dedicated to the late Jack Ketchum, Schultz mentioned the likelihood of a 2019 release, due to an increase in the novel’s size.