His eight decades of life filled with many exciting experiences inform Lawrence Schneider’s storytelling. His careers include being a NASA rocket engineer, light airplane designer, joint founder of a startup, computer systems manager, long-range planner, business executive, college instructor, sculptor, and now an author of fiction. After over 50 years of marriage he is most proud of his role as a father and grandfather.
As an award winning sculptor, he used abstract images of wood and bronze to tell viewers simple, yet inspiring stories about being human.
His passion for story telling took a different turn after a frustrating experience searching for his ancestor’s life stories. He learned that genealogy research didn’t reveal what his ancestors thought or how they felt. Lawrence decided to tell his story for his yet-to-be-born descendants so they would not encounter that same disappointment when they wonder about his life. His approach is to entertain them with superior stories, so they absorb the life lessons offered, and then to inspire them to achieve their dreams. He hopes that other readers might also enjoy and benefit from the stories.
What motivated you to write Say Yes on Saturday?
I was away living in another state, preoccupied with career and family, when my parents passed away. If I had known how much I would miss them, I would have been more attentive. I felt guilty. As an adult with growing responsibilities, I had many questions about important life decisions, and then it was too late to ask them for advice. I looked for answers by pursuing genealogy research but only found a collection of dates and names. I yearned to know how they felt about their life choices.
I imagined that my yet-to-be-born descendants also might be disappointed if they wondered about my life. Also, I had learned important life lessons I wanted to pass on to them. That was when I decided to document my story, realizing that my life story needed to be interesting so that my descendents would be more inclined to actually read about it. I loved reading novels, so I chose fiction for my story.
What is your biggest writing challenge?
For me, there are two main challenges: 1) learning to write good fiction, and 2) dealing with the language difficulties that come with being dyslexic. I researched everything I would need to know in order to be a good storyteller. I find that persistence and professional editing allow me to cope with dyslexia.