Dick Snyder grew up in a small town, Taft, California, and earned his PhD in history at the University of Colorado. He taught at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for 35 years, serving as Professor of History, Director of Extended Education, Chair of the Department and member, Faculty Senate. He retired in 2001 as Professor Emeritus. He may not have seen it all, but he has heard it all: curriculum arrays, individual ambitions, affirmative action hires, departmental survival, faculty fights, and private lives unwound in public.
Writing has always been a part of his life and now his interests have fallen on detective fiction, murder mysteries and the eccentricities of characters who parade through Woodland Park. In his most recent effort, he refocuses his narrative to describe the trials and manipulations of faculty and Dean Sallie Drake, as they struggle with timeless university issues, and murder.
Previously, he published 15 short stories, gathered later into Jonas Kirk Mysteries: The Collection. Three novellas followed: Bingo; Pumpkin Fest; The Marquee Murders. He resides happily in Bakersfield with wife, Linda, and waits patiently for NETFLIX to call.