I grew up on books—lived them, breathed them, loved them. My most treasured memories of my childhood involve books—riding my bicycle to the bookstore in sixth grade to buy Dickens, London, Dumas, and Poe; sitting under my favorite tree in the summertime, from morning until night, reading Tolkien, Lewis, Asimov, and Heinlein; and lying awake at night, the bedside lamp on, enjoying just one more chapter….then two, then three…of Fowles, Barth, Conrad, and Verne. I didn’t just read them—I consumed them; and the places, adventures, and characters on each and every page gave me the rich experience that materialized into my early aspirations to be a writer.
I received an eclectic education with a focus on Literature, History and the Classics while studying at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts; followed by a well-rounded Liberal Arts experience at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. I discovered my love for Science during those years; and although I eventually pursued a medical degree rather than a writing career, I recall with nostalgia my passion for Literature and the Arts during my childhood, as well as in high school and college. At Andover, my favorite courses involved novels, poems and drama; and at Wesleyan, my electives were always literary. Shakespeare, Marlow, O’Neill, Williams, and Ibsen took the slots that were not occupied by Darwin, Watson, and Crick—and so, I graduated with a major in Biology and a minor in Literature.
I never took a course in creative writing; but the years of medical writing and publishing, along with a continued interest in reading fiction in my spare time, eventually evolved into…this. My life experiences, combined with my love of storytelling, have led to the creation of two published fantasy novels; and more on the way.
Under The Forgotten Oakby Charles J. Schneider
What if God is not at all what people envision? Imagine a powerful energy portal that stretches from one end of the galaxy to another, the sustaining reservoir of life for Earth as well as a connected sister world where the ancient deities actually live and breath. What if Satan is actually a renegade thread of this interplanetary gateway; and the future of two worlds, and three dimensions, rests entirely on one single human being's actions?
When Lan MacCamhail unexpectedly inherits an estate and a multi-million dollar legacy overseas, he hopes this stroke of good fortune will give him the chance to make a fresh start in Ireland. The terms of the mysterious bequeathal, however, require that he must find an enigmatic amulet before he can claim his rightful inheritance. Based loosely on the Celtic legend of Oisin and Niamh, Lan's saga, mirrored by his father's strangely similar story from three decades earlier, takes a sinister turn when dark forces intervene. Lan is guided in his quest by the memories of his father, the beautiful Larne attorney Sidney McVie, an ancient shape-shifter, and the spiritual guardians of another world.
Conceived as a genre spanning mythological fantasy, Under the Forgotten Oak will stretch the boundaries of the imagination in a creative journey that explores the concepts of love, honor, and selfless sacrifice.
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