I write fiction. I will make you think and feel. That is my job.
I am a husband, aspiring father, writer, and novelist.
I write in many genres. I try to write stories I would enjoy reading.
My work is sometimes dark and heavy, sometimes light and fun, even romantic.
I co-authored "The Pillow Book" with Petal Darker.
I am happily hard at work putting the final touches on "The Go-Kids," the epic tale of a thirteen-year-old boy named Parker who has the weight of the world on his shoulders, and the lives of his friends in his hands.
I earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of the Pacific, where I was a college newspaper staff writer and film critic, as well as co-host of a radio show. I then studied screenwriting and independent producing at UCLA.
I have written four novels, many short stories, a dozen screenplays, and many essays. I also co-produced a 35mm short film.
I am also a commercially-licensed pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings. I have flown various aircraft: Cessna 152, Cessna 172, Piper Arrow and Piper Seminole.
As an avid motorcyclist, I have ridden my green Kawasaki 636 on the racetrack, happily attaining speeds upwards of 150 mph before promptly crashing the bike at the top of the hill in turn 5 (aka "The Cyclone") at Thunderhill Raceway Park in northern California. I did manage to learn to drag a knee before low-siding two laps later, though. So there. And in my defense, TONS of people crash in turn 5. I was just too hot coming out of turn 4. Oops. Happily, I was not injured.
I live in Los Angeles with my wife Taliya. Taliya is a singer/songwriter and musician. Her music has been likened to Enya, Yanni, and Sarah McLachlan. Taliya plays guitar, piano, and flute. She was awarded a Guinness World Record for recording her original song "Flower Child" in 15 languages. She has toured much of Europe and the United States. She has written and produced two albums and is currently in the studio at work on her third album.
Please visit my blog at AuthorRyanSchneider.blogspot.com.