The Vale of Years: A Sequel to “A Portrait in Time”

Susanne Bruante awakens in 19th century Paris, the very time when her double and distant ancestor, Nicole Bruante, had lived before exchanging places with Susanne in the 21st century. Now Susanne must ensure she won’t just survive, but also inherit a fortune from a famous Impressionist painter who takes her as his mistress. But first she has to figure out how to kill him—and get away with it. More

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About Charles J. Schneider

I grew up on books—lived them, breathed them, loved them. My most treasured memories of my childhood involve books—riding my bicycle to the bookstore in sixth grade to buy Dickens, London, Dumas, and Poe; sitting under my favorite tree in the summertime, from morning until night, reading Tolkien, Lewis, Asimov, and Heinlein; and lying awake at night, the bedside lamp on, enjoying just one more chapter….then two, then three…of Fowles, Barth, Conrad, and Verne. I didn’t just read them—I consumed them; and the places, adventures, and characters on each and every page gave me the rich experience that materialized into my early aspirations to be a writer.

I received an eclectic education with a focus on Literature, History and the Classics while studying at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts; followed by a well-rounded Liberal Arts experience at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. I discovered my love for Science during those years; and although I eventually pursued a medical degree rather than a writing career, I recall with nostalgia my passion for Literature and the Arts during my childhood, as well as in high school and college. At Andover, my favorite courses involved novels, poems and drama; and at Wesleyan, my electives were always literary. Shakespeare, Marlow, O’Neill, Williams, and Ibsen took the slots that were not occupied by Darwin, Watson, and Crick—and so, I graduated with a major in Biology and a minor in Literature.

I never took a course in creative writing; but the years of medical writing and publishing, along with a continued interest in reading fiction in my spare time, eventually evolved into…this. My life experiences, combined with my love of storytelling, have led to the creation of two published fantasy novels; and more on the way.

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