Dick Snyder b. Taft, 1937. St. Mary’s Grammar School. TUHS '55. Taft College '57. Completed B.S. University of Colorado (1961) and PhD. History (1966). Retired as Emeritus Professor, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 2001. Returned to California in 2003. He has published a biography of William S. Culbertson, edited a volume on John F. Kennedy, published two e-books: Jim Richard: Life of Firsts (2009); Family's Passage (2011). He broadened his topics in Boomerang: Short Stories in a Fictional Life (2015). He then became interested in writing mystery and published a collection of short stories: The Jonas Kirk Mysteries (2017). Subsequently, he published three detective novellas: Bingo (2018), Pumpkin Fest (2019), Marquee Murders (2019)
He then explored the dark side of university collegiality. Why She Wept (2021) features faculty enmity, academic rivalries, transgender revelations and ultimately a death, for which three persons each believe themselves guilty.
His latest work, FOR A WOMAN, merges race, entertainment and the mob in a love story shared by a Black woman, SHONTEL and two White men, Trey Thaxson and Bobby Banfield. High school classmates they find themselves at mid-life recreating careers for all three of them, turning their lives inside-out.
PICTURES of various characters in FOR A WOMAN can be found at the web site: Jonaskirk.com