Greg Schroeder


I have been writing since I learned how but only published my first collection of poems in 2012. Other published works include a long string of newspaper articles on youth soccer (club updates in the local paper), some historical articles on an online website now defunct, and three peer-reviewed scientific research papers from way back when I did primary research.

There have been a few career changes - researcher, teacher, operations specialist, bookseller, and (currently) medical IT. There are also three fantastic children which give an entirely different perspective to life.

I enjoy history, games, being outside, and quiet times.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in rural Minnesota and Pennsylvania. I spent a lot of time outside; hours and hours of interacting with Nature. Enjoying the simple things, finding beauty and fascination everywhere. I try to insert the tranquility of sitting under a tree on a lazy summer afternoon as well as the fury of a sudden thunderstorm from the same perspective in what I write.
When did you first start writing?
When I was eight or nine I started writing "stories". By the time I was a teenager I subscribed to Writer's Digest and submitted some short stories - sword and sorcery and science fiction - to a few magazines. None were accepted. then I lapsed for about a decade. When I restarted I wrote articles on youth sports for the local newspaper. Simple stuff whose main goal was to mention as many kids' names as possible. Since then it has been pretty constant even if all over - military history articles online, humorous adaptations for my friends, and, of course, my books of poetry.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Greg Schroeder online

Where to buy in print


The Battle of Dranesville
Price: Free! Words: 1,300. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » History » American
In late December 1861 Brigadier General J. E. B. Stuart and Brigadier General E. O. C. Ord both led their infantry brigades out of their camps in search of forage. At this time they were both relatively unknown, though the following four years would see them both immortalized, Stuart switching arms to the cavalry and Ord switching theaters to the West.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,530. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
(5.00 from 1 review)
Not what one usually thinks of as short stories, but little "scenes" or "sketches" that capture life and paste it on paper and it is somehow ... fascinating (TMW). 13 short short stories with 2-5 associated poems for each.
Free Moments
Price: Free! Words: 1,230. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2014. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
(5.00 from 1 review)
A selection of poems from the collection Moments. Read, enjoy, review, please!
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,940. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2014. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
(5.00 from 1 review)
Poetry that is readily understandable finding beauty, wonder, hope, happiness in the everyday. Approach the anticipation of spring returning after the long winter. Experience the joy of boys playing in the mud; the beauty of a new snowfall. Feel the stories of ancient bones; listen to the quiet of the early morning. Hear reminiscing the passing of time and see the excitement of each scene.
The Battle of Belmont
Price: Free! Words: 5,100. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / United States
(4.00 from 1 review)
A short military history of Ulysses S Grant's first major command in the American Civil War. Tactical descriptions, light command analysis, references and an order of battle. An easy to read yet accurate introduction to Grant, the Civil War, and military history.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,700. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2013. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
More poems of calm, quiet, hope, and everyday happiness. Featuring a series on Hurricane Sandy as well as the transitions we all face - summer to fall, child to adult, storm to quiescence.
52 Haiku
Price: Free! Words: 1,060. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2013. Categories: Poetry » Japanese Poetry
A small collection of haiku. Some have been published before, some see the light of day for the first time. They are a formal (and short) treatment of relationships both between people and within a person, beauty in the small things, the fabric of living.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,680. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2013. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Calming, insightful, clear and clean, Conditions offers poems about the amazing in the commonplace and the quiet in the cacophony. The poems are offset by beautiful photos of everyday things - trees, flowers, etc.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,130. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2013. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This is not just a book of poems, it is a book of memories. Once again you find yourself enjoying the days of your youth, the smell of grass after rain, the dust of the neighborhood ball park, the fury of an oncoming storm. We grow up, we get busy, and we forget the magic and wonder of the world around us. These poems bring that magic back.

Greg Schroeder's tag cloud

acw    american civil war    autumn    battle    beauty    birds    calm    change    childhood    civil war    conditions    dranesville    eoc ord    everyday    flowers    growth    haiku    happiness    hope    human    humor    hurricane    insight    jeb stuart    joy    life    little joys    nature    observation    parenthood    peace    peaceful    play    pleasant    quiet    reflection    reflective    relationships    rest    sandy    seasons    snows    spring    storm    storms    summer    thoughtful    time    transition    ulysses s grant    winter   

Smashwords book reviews by Greg Schroeder

  • This Is (Not) Your Grandmothers Poetry Book on Oct. 14, 2013

    Marshall writes clearly on a variety of topics, all with an earthy, realistic, and slightly cynical bent. His ideas are clear and the presentation flows smoothly. The reader feels the emotion in the stories and the poems. One feels the sun, smells the dog, and hears the fury of the storm. My personal favorite poem is Real? I feel like that often. My favorite of his short prose works is My Dog Eats Frogs. It is exactly about what it says - the dog's perspective is superbly captured!
  • A Summary of the Wars of the 21st Century on July 19, 2016

    This is unfortunately nothing but the unsupported opinions of the author. He gives no evidence of any kind for his statements. He does not tie his maps to his narrative. It is simple to understand because there is no substance.