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Rick Schneider first started to write fiction as a high school student in Nebraska. He was admitted to the selective Fiction Section of Harvard's Freshman Composition Seminars in 1978. While at Harvard, Rick studied Russian Area Studies and fell in love with the literature of the great Russian writers and especially with the short stories of Anton Chekhov. After Harvard, Rick attended various fiction writing workshops while he worked as a campus chaplain at Harvard and later moved on to pick up a PhD and teach social history at several Russian universities in Moscow while working with the Christian Embassy there from 1993 through 2003. Rick is currently a Senior Fellow with the Rivendell Institute at Yale University. He and his wife Soozie live in Hamden, CT and have three children who all admit to loving historical fiction even though they grew up with many, many nightly readings from the great historical writers of the last several centuries.
Rick has published various articles and essays in newspapers and journals (mostly in Russian). In 2008, while teaching in Moscow, Rick stumbled across some of the details of John Paul Jones' collision with Russian bureaucratic culture (and Prince Grigory Potyemkin) that ended Jones' career. Rick knew that he must bring all of his experience, passion and education to bear to tell the story of Jones' rise and fall. "John Paul: Into the Breach" is the first salvo of this effort.