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Pen Name: Ted Snedeker

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction History Mystery

Born: 1941, in Laporte, Indiana


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."


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