Clinton author begins three-book series

Courtesy of Richard Snelson — Clinton author Richard Snelson at home. Snelson’s most recent book Little Minnow was recently published.

Richard Snelson publishes novel about a veteran’s return home

CLINTON — There are artists and creative people often working under the radar in America’s small towns.  Richard Snelson is one of those people, and he’s right here in Clinton.

Snelson is a novelist whose book “Little Minnow” was recently released.  The book follows Sara Randolph, an Iraq War veteran, as she returns home to a different life.

“This is the first of a series of three,” Snelson said. 

Snelson was helped in his research for the book by Clinton native Fatima Joss.  Joss served two tours of duty in Iraq with the Illinois Army National Guard.

Snelson wasn’t writing Joss’s story but a story about a young woman like Joss.

“This story starts off with a soldier who loses her convoy and is injured,” Snelson said.  “The soldiers who were with her in a Humvee are killed, and she comes back with some bad PTSD.”

Snelson’s story is about the woman’s recovery.  She travels down the Arkansas River with her father, who is a guide, and she learns to be a fishing guide herself.

“It’s all part of the story of her recovery,” Snelson said.

The first book in the series came out a few weeks ago.  In the second book, she becomes a wildlife agent.

“I don’t know if it’s going to sell, but my publisher seems to think it’s going to sell,” Snelson said.

This is Snelson’s third book.  He also is the author of “The Hawksbill Crag,” about a Union Army Captain in 1865, and the book “Lunker.” 

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