Peter Schnake


Peter Schnake lives and writes in Lincoln, Nebraska. Although stories had a bad habit of interrupting his life and possessing his pen, he didn’t write in earnest until a bout of seizures in his early twenties caused him to reexamine his priorities. Now he devotes as much time as he is able to his writing and hopes soon to make it a full-time occupation.

He believes that stories should surprise and move. Language should be precise and clean and images should evoke and provoke. He believes that happy endings are not always the best endings, and that sometimes a great story dissatisfies.

His writing spans genres, from the dark and brooding Southern Gothic style of “American Alligator,” to the suspense-filled and intimate thriller, “Thus Arrived the Lights.”

When not writing (or drinking coffee) Mr. Schnake enjoys stargazing and watching the Food Network.

Smashwords Interview

What does the future look like without bees?
Pretty dismal. Bees are responsible for pollinating all crops except for the cereal grains like wheat, oats, rye, rice, etc. So, in the world of "A Land Overflowing," the cereal grains become one of the main food sources. But I posit that some business savvy minds will harness hand-pollination or other alternative pollination techniques to continue on most crops. But they'll be extremely expensive. Of course, in the world of "A Land Overflowing," there is some political upset and some folks want to limit access to food to those who have "inferior" genes or who have committed a crime, etc. It all creates a really tense environment.
What are you working on next?
The parameters for the world of "A Land Overflowing," (no bees, no helium, etc.) has really inspired me. You'll see more from this world. Maybe it won't all be about Gideon, but it will hang on similar ideas.
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Where to find Peter Schnake online


Bishop's Fruit, Or The Last Temptation of Santa
Price: Free! Words: 3,020. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Braving a cold night in Myra to give his gifts in secret, Our Bishop encounters a child who seems intent on stopping him. But is that the child's true intent, or is he offering a chance to give more than mere fruit?
Price: Free! Words: 3,390. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
In this short story, Christie, a relapsed alcoholic, faces her first Christmas apart from her children. As she window-shops for gifts her ex-husband won’t allow her to give, she finds a family huddled around a fire in the alley behind the store. If she wants to offer help, she must face her own fractured heart.
Thus Arrived The Lights
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 69,730. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Decades after Nancy Myers is threatened to keep quiet about travels she can't remember, strange lights interrupt David Aguilera's red-eye flight. When he starts talking about he saw, he is quickly hushed by some very powerful people, including Nancy's sister, the Queen of Media. And then the men who limp arrive...