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General Information

Name:  Johnie T Snedeker  

Pen Name: Ted Snedeker

Genre: Fiction History Mystery

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1941, in Laporte, Indiana

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Illinois Connection

Snedeker was raised in Marshall and graduated from Marshall High School. His great-great-grandfather homesteaded in Clark County in the 1830's and his family lived there ever since. His father was a building contractor and built James Jones's mansion in 1953 as well as the buildings that made up the Handy Writers Colony. James Jones became a good friend of his father, rode motorcycles with him and was in and out of their lives like family. It was his experience meeting Jones and Lowney Handy that planted the seed of my desire to write.

One of the protagonists in "Betrayed, Deserted, Forgotten" is shown to grow up in a rural Illinois town patterned after Marshall. The two "Deputy" books are set in "Sagamon" County, but Clark is described. Snedeker currently lives in Clark County on a farm that has been in his wife's family for over a hundred years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Johnie Snedeker is a veteran of the US Navy and 25-year member of the Marshall Post 90 American Legion. He is an elder at Grace Lutheran Church in Paris, Illinois.

He spent fifty years working in the wireline telecom industry, thirty-one years in his own engineering business. He has lived in Fort Wayne, Guam, Tokyo, Dallas, Honolulu, Orlando, and Anchorage, Alaska before coming back to Marshall, where he built his own home and started his own business - Digital Communications Services, Inc. In 1991, he immediately landed a contract with Hawaiian Telecom. DCS had crews working in Hawaii until the company was shut down in 2014. In addition to working on all the Hawaiian Islands DCS did projects on Guam, China, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Peru, New Zealand, American Samoa, and Tahiti.

In 2014, after shutting down the business, Snedeker started writing. He has published seven books since August 2014. Three of which are digital and published under his pen name of Ted Snedeker - "Of Dragons and Templars" and "Return of the Dragon."

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Deputy - 2nd Edition: Reaping the Whirlwind (Volume 1)
ISBN: 1724974831

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2018

In a consummate act of terror, Washington DC is vaporized by a Russian nuclear truck bomb employed by a radical Islamic group. All Roy Lee White wanted to do after serving with the Marine Corps in Grenada and Lebanon was go home and ride Rodeo. Unfortunately, becoming a father after a single night's fling put paid to his rodeo dreams. In the chaos after DC was vaporized, militias were formed to police the hinterland in the face of terror attacks and lawlessness that descended on the country at the demise of the Federal government. Roy Lee's success as a Militia commander led to his appointment as a deputy sheriff and later as a special operative of the governor. At odds with the commander of state police and pursued by the governor's beautiful assistant, Roy Lee struggles to balance the conflicting responsibilities of his family and his various jobs, to survive in a dystopian world.

Taunt the Widowmaker (The Deputy) (Volume 2)
ISBN: 1618460226

Library Partners Press. 2016

Islamic terrorists have detonated a suitcase nuke in the nation’s capital that effectively decapitated the federal government. Chaos stalked the land for some time thereafter. All federal welfare, social security, retirement, and benefit payments ceased. The inner cities turned into war zones that spilled out across the countryside. The federal government disappeared. For some time during the worst of the chaos, the only law and order present was the militia and armed citizens who came together to preserve a modicum of sanity.

Betrayed, Deserted, Forgotten: Story of the US 31st Regiment in the Philippines (Farewell to Innocence) (Volume 1)
ISBN: 1720803595

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2018

Two brothers joined the Army in the leadup to WW2 thinking they could avoid the upcoming war in Europe by volunteering for service in the Philippines. This misguided decision led them to be involved in the battles for Bataan and Corregidor. This book tells their story as well as introduces their nephew who will be a central character in a sequel about the 31st Regiment's demise at the Chosin Reservoir.

A Scent of Dragon: Lead book in Return of the Dragon series (Volume 1)
ISBN: 1720904375

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2018

Return of the Dragon is a historical sci-fi story that looks at the gaps in the historical record and fills in those areas with the author's imagination. The King Arthur legend is revisited, Stonehenge explained, Atlantis rediscovered. The premise is that there is a four-thousand-year-old sentient spaceship whose builders left here in mankind's prehistory to watch over our fledgling race. The ship has been fighting a creature on and off for the duration of its visit. One of the manifestations of the creature is a dragon, explaining the appearance of this mythical creature in both Western and Oriental cultures.

Dreams of Camelot: The Dragon Thwarted (Return of the Dragon - Sinclair Saga) (Volume 2)
ISBN: 1726031586

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2018

Dreams of Camelot is the 2nd book in a series. This book tells of King Arthur building his kingdom after the initial book, "Comes the Dragon," described his grandfather's life and Arthur as a child and young man. Locked in a struggle with the powers of darkness as well as the invaders coming from every corner of his kingdom, Arthur struggles to find his place in the world, establish his kingdom, keep peace within his family and cling desperately to his faith. Guided by his mentor, Merlyn, and a pair of fairies who are able to discern the future, Arthur is driven to affect the coming Nexus. The fairies see the timelines converging later in Arthur's life where his actions can change the future for good, or failing, see it drift off into chaos and disaster for all of mankind. Dreams of Camelot is historical fiction. The imaginary characters are placed in meticulously researched historical settings with actual documented personas such as Emperor Marcian, Aspar the Alan, Pope Leo I, Attila the Hun and many more. Only where the historical record is blank or vague does the author take license to insert his on suppositions on what might have happened.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes. Ted Snedeker 217-251-6346 Anywhere in Illinois south of I-30 No fee, but will have books for sale and signing after the presentation.