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

Another Christmas story?
Hey, I can't choose what inspires me. I've been fascinated for years by the origin of St. Nick. I've always thought there was more to the story than the legend says, more struggle, more humanity. I wondered what the real St. Nick would think of what we've turned him into. That's sort of the birth of the story. Hope you enjoy!
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything! I grew up on detective fiction and science fiction, so those are my first loves, but I also devour the classics and mythology, southern gothic, literary, and more.
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Where to find Peter Schnake online


Bishop's Fruit, Or The Last Temptation of Santa
By Peter Schnake
Price: Free! Words: 2,940. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2013. Category: Fiction
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?
By Peter Schnake
Price: Free! Words: 3,160. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2012. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50 from 2 reviews)
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
By Peter Schnake
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 69,540. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2012. Category: Fiction
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...
American Alligator
By Peter Schnake
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 47,020. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2012. Category: Fiction
This raw, coming-of-age story captures musical savant, Josiah Greene, driven to self-injury for quietude. Finally free of an abusive past, but ignored by the woman of his dreams, Maya, cashier at the local Mercado, Josiah faces an onslaught of predators, including the Jesus grafittied on the side of his apartment building.

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