Clinton Journal | Clinton author begins three-book series

CLINTON — There are artists and creatives who often work under the radar in small town America. Richard Snelson is one of those people, and he’s here at Clinton.

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

“It’s the first in a series of three,” Snelson said.

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

Snelson was not writing the story of Joss but the story of a young woman like Joss.

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

Snelson’s story is about the woman’s recovery. She goes 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 his recovery story,” Snelson said.

The first book in the series was released a few weeks ago. In the second book, she becomes a wildlife officer.

“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 is also the author of “The Hawksbill Crag”, about a Union Army captain in 1865, and the book “Lunker”.

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