G. A. Schindler

Biography

G. A. Schindler was born in 1946 in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, where he grew up with three brothers and a sister. His father, a factory worker, sang in the Detroit Rackham Choir and was an avid gardener. His mother, (93 and doing fine thank you), was active in civic affairs. He received a degree in education with an English major from Eastern Michigan University. Some time spent teaching convinced him that it wasn't his calling, so he traveled to San Francisco. During three years in the bay area, he met and married his wife. They celebrated their fortieth anniversary in March of 2014. In the mid-seventies, the couple moved to New York City, nearer her family, and three years later they traveled to Michigan to settle down near Detroit where they live today.
Mr. Schindler was a cab driver, apartment building manager, and locksmith in California and New York, then a social services worker seventeen years in Detroit. He went on to start a cab company from which he retired in 2012. He's quite proud to describe himself as "low man on the totem pole" in his family, where he has a "lowly" B. A., his wife an M. A., and their only child a recently earned Ph.D.
Hybridizing daylilies and writing have been his main hobbies. He inherited a love of gardening from his father, "but dad was far more diverse. I keep it simple and specialize. Each year I plant several hundred seeds and once-in-a-while find a flower worth introducing."
He describes himself as "always a poet since high school, but not particularly prolific". He studied journalism in college and wrote articles and a column in the EMU school paper. He turned to songwriting in the eighties. Though satisfied that he authored some fine lyrics, he found no avenue for publication.
Since he retired, he's joined some writing groups and found more time and energy to spend on writing. Summer in the garden, winter at the computer and occasional travel, make him wonder how he ever found time for work.

Smashwords Interview

Do you feel you revealed yourself in "Love Is The Smile"?
I realized early in the project that it would be garbage if I wasn't honest. I wouldn't end up with anything worth my time spent writing it or any reader's time spent reading it. It wasn't as though I walked out at halftime of the super bowl, shed my raincoat and revealed my privates. But being honest did mean revealing some thoughts and ideas usually kept private by most people. And I realized that such revelation might garner me some public criticism and/or ridicule. I considered using a pseudonym and showing up at any interviews with a bag over my head, and I may do the latter, but only for laughs if I ever get on Colbert's show. The bottom line is that I've decided I'm comfortable enough with myself to be comfortable revealing some parts of me that folks (at least in past generations) are not comfortable revealing. The strongest theme in Love Is The Smile is communication, and honest communicating means being willing to reveal yourself. In the blog section of the book I mention that one of the things the book does is attempt to teach communication by example. That's what I tried to do.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's a great feeling of exhilaration when the pedal's to the metal and it seems like I'm sitting back watching someone else write the story. Almost as great is finishing the rewrite of a section when the rewrite is a very obvious improvement. But getting positive feedback is hard to beat, and so too is getting good criticism that enables me to make exciting improvements.
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Books

Last Voyage a the Vengeferth
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 46,630. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
This is an adventure tale pitting man against nature. The Vengeferth pirates meet a great white shark, then they're capsized by a rogue wave. Seven crewmen escape the overturned ship to spend months a’ sea in a smallboat. During that time they share stories from their lives. They encounter the Crazy Cousin, a foundering ship with a broken pump and a belly full of water. And she has more problems.
Shrugg, 1 Mile
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,270. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.77 from 13 reviews)
Kirkus says: " Schindler manages to dodge long-established tropes...a quick, easy read...plot moves smoothly.... Schindler has some enjoyable out-of-the-box ideas Another reviewer says: ",...characters and conversations authentically sketched,...pace propels the reader onward, without sacrificing nuance. The best kind of modern science fiction
Love Is The Smile
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,520. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sex & Relationships  » Sexual behavior, Nonfiction » Sex & Relationships  » Sex & culture
(5.00 from 1 review)
Sex in th modern relationship--young adult creative nonfiction--half fictional blueprint / half information section. From th forward by Amanda Brown: "Overall, great book! I thoroughly enjoyed th read. / you accomplished a rather erotic work while remaining classy / excellent to start couples on th path of more open communication and sexual exploration / informative section gave great explanation.

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Smashwords book reviews by G. A. Schindler

  • Reichold Street on Sep. 19, 2014

    Here's a fellow writer whose talent I envy--a living paint brush with an oversized pallet piled voluptuously high in rich hues, deftly painting live characters I touch often and who return my every touch. His work invites hyperbole. .