Richard J. Schneider is a long-time Denver writer, winning numerous awards for his journalism, script writing and media production. He reported and wrote for United Press International and the Rocky Mountain News and is a former Professional Journalism Fellow at Stanford University in energy affairs. He served as the initial public information officer for the Colorado Office of Energy Conservation before co-founding a Colorado firm that pioneered the development of interactive media systems for training, education, communication, and voting. That same long-running partnership provided creative services and communications consulting to many corporate and government clients.
Richard has written a bajillion words in the form of short stories, essays, newspaper columns, articles, brochures, scripts, white papers, training and education programs, and multi-media presentations. He engages in post graduate studies of political science and American Government at the University of Colorado at Denver. An avid sailor, bicyclist, fly fisher, and veggie gardener, Richard exercises his recessive nerd gene as an Extra Class Amateur Radio operator. A Chicagoland native, he has made Denver, Colorado, his home since 1969. He has three sons, one daughter and five grand-children.
Over the years, Richard has studied and practiced the short story form. However, his participation in master writing classes with James Michener, Kurt Vonnegut and John Irving spurred his desire to write novels. An acute interest in mysteries and his background in journalism drew him to the mystery genre as a fiction writer. Who Killed Porkchop? began as an exercise in developing a longer fictional narrative with more complex character development than short stories allow. It grew into a fun mystery novella worthy of sharing with mystery fans. Richard’s debut novel, WATER A Vic Bengston Investigation, a murder mystery set in Colorado, introduces the character Vic Bengston, a Baby Boomer who returns to his first love, investigative journalism, after working in the corporate world for a quarter century. In the second book in this popular series, VOTE A Vic Bengston Investigation, Vic unravels the suspicious death of a billionaire computer entrepreneur and uncovers a computer encryption secret sought by governments, businesses, politicians, terrorists, and criminals.
A Word About Henry David Thoreau
I am a huge fan of H.D., as we used to call him around those chilly nighttime campfires outside his cabin next to Walden Pond. I have read him in the past and I re-read his works today, as they remain relevant. However, I have neither written nor edited any books about Thoreau. That was done by Richard J. Schneider, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of English at Wartburg College in Waverly, IA. Prof. Schneider and I enjoy the same name. Many of the robots that run the book publishing world, list both my works of fiction and Prof. Schneider’s scholarly work on Thoreau on the same page. I have attempted to get the two of us pulled apart, but have you ever spent much time trying to talk to or reason with a robot? It is not pretty. Some have suggested that I change my byline, maybe to Richard Schneider or Dick Schneider. Well, since I began writing for UPI in 1969, my byline has been Richard J. Schneider, and I ain’t about to alter it to compensate for the inadequacies of Interweb robots. So the world will just have to sort it out on its own.” –RJS