Roderic (Rick) Schmidt, a long-time resident of the Lompoc Valley on the Central Coast of California, began his long-neglected writing career several years ago – although he had written, rewritten, and rewritten again, a number of short essays and stories – when he retired from his 40-odd year career as a high school English teacher. He presently teaches English at Allan Hancock College on the Lompoc Valley Campus.
Rick began writing Hermanos rather as a diversion from another work-in-progress, but became so immersed in the problems that the novel presents that he found that once started in earnest, the novel suddenly became its own force in his writing life. The dual themes of arrogant discrimination and trust and love are compelling concepts that “keep one going.”
His second novel, Toby: In Five Acts, traces events in the life of Toby Giles, as the young man comes to terms with a tragedy that shaped his early life.
Rick lives with his wife, Barbara, who is his chief critic and proof-reader. They have two sons both of whom have married and provided him and his wife with five beautiful grandchildren. Rusty, their mixed spaniel-terrier pretty much rules the household.
If you can’t find Rick at the computer or outside gardening, then look for your nearest black-jack table. He likes the feel of green felt on his hands!