Nick West was born in Gainesville, Florida and grew up on a family farm near Archer, Florida. He attended Gainesville High School and the University of Florida. He is a veteran of the United States Navy, and together with his family, have owned and operated a landscape business in the area for over twenty years. He and his wife Kay and their children, Tammy, John and Christy, along with their families all live on the farm where he grew up near Archer.
The Great Southern Circus , his first book, is a collection of circus stories told to him by his grandmother as they were told to her by her grandmother, Miranda Madderra who performed with this horse drawn caravan just prior to the Civil War.