Michael Schneider


Biography of Michael J. Schneider

I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. At the age of 18, I was eligible to be drafted as the Vietnam War was at its peak. I chose instead to enlist in the U.S. Marines. I spent 14 and 1/2 months in Vietnam with the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division. Most of that time my duties were that of a clerk-typist; but I had a short period where I participated in long-range reconnaissance patrols.
In 1971 I enrolled at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and received a degree in Civil Engineering in May 1976. I worked for the Federal Government as an engineer from June 1976 until January 2008.
I got interested in writing and took two courses in writing for children and teenagers. My instructor assisted me in preparing Swift, Silent and Deadly: Recon Marines in Vietnam. This book is nonfiction targeted at the young adult audience.
My first book was The Secret of Sangre de Cristo, followed by Brendan of Kilrush. Both of these books were fictional stories intended for the young adult market. Both were self-published. I recently published The Secret of Sangre de Cristo as an eBook on Amazon Kindle. Ink Smith Publishing offered me a standard contract for Brendan of Kilrush. In July 2014 Ink Smith published the book in both paperback and ebook form.
After taking a short course entitled: Writing the Romance Novel at the University of Iowa, I decided to try writing a historical romance. The result was Rebecca and the Renegade.
I followed that with The Mystery of Skunk Hollow. This is a romance/mystery intended for an adult audience. It is available as an eBook on Amazon Kindle.
My most recent book is From Omaha to Da Nang. This is a nonfiction memoir of my two years in the U.S. Marine Corps. It is also available as an eBook on Amazon Kindle. I wrote it with the idea that high school seniors might like to know what to expect if they enlist in the Marine Corps.

Smashwords Interview

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I get suggested titles from websites like Amazon and Kobo.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember the first story; but the first book I wrote was The Secret of Sangre de Cristo. This was a contemporary young adult novel.
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From Omaha to Da Nang Reflections of a 2-Yr Marine
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,070. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Military biography
This book presents the humorous anecdotes, grim realities and bonds of comradeship experienced by a Marine whose primary job was that of a Company Clerk. It is intended to guide those contemplating enlisting in the Marine Corps to realistic expectations. For other readers, the intent is to entertain. The incidents related are true and truth is, indeed, sometimes stranger than fiction.
The Secret of Sangre de Cristo
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,620. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Mr. Edwards teams Cliff with Darlene on a mineral searching expedition in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. Together, Cliff and Darlene discover much more – a treasure left by a 17th Century Spanish explorer. Finding the treasure is one thing. Cliff and Darlene learn that cashing in on it is quite another matter. They soon find themselves in conflict with the Federal Government and the Mafia,
The Mystery of Skunk Hollow
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,330. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Essay » Literature
When Ralph Morgan, a retired plumber discovers his rural water well contains cyanide he finds himself aided by a gorgeous redhead, Denise McLaughlin and a stunning graduate student from Kenya, Lala Ngigi, in determining the source of pollution. Their investigation leads them to a criminal network involved in industrial pollution, illegal immigration, and tobacco smuggling.

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