Prior to becoming a novelist, Gordon Snider wrote magazine articles and two business books: Winning Marketing Strategies and How to Become a Killer competitor. When he moved to California’s Central Coast in 1999, he began writing fiction. His first novel, Sigourney’s Quest, was published in 2006. This was followed by The Separatist (2007) and The Hypnotist (2009). All were published by Helm Publishing and have received enthusiastic reviews. The Origamist is his fifth novel.
Before becoming a full-time author, Gordon spent thirty years as an independent marketing consultant and taught at four universities, most recently at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. His business background has given him considerable experience as a public speaker, and he has used that to his advantage in marketing his books. For his non-fiction Killer Competitor book, he gave seminars and lectures at conferences and conventions across the U.S. and Canada. For Sigourney’s Quest, he has offered a very popular slide show and talk on Tibet to book clubs, reading groups and professional organizations, including Rotary and Kiwanis. Other marketing efforts include successful book signings at independent and chain book stores, where his “meet and greet” approach generates considerable interest and sales.
Travel was one of the industries in which he consulted. When he began doing travel photography for one of his business clients, he quickly found a following. During the 1980s and 1990s, he photographed for tour operators throughout Asia, South America, and the Himalayan countries of Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan. It was his two photographic journeys into Tibet that inspired him to write his first novel, Sigourney’s Quest.
Gordon has lived in California nearly his entire life. Home has ranged from Los Angeles to San Francisco, with stops in Santa Barbara and Pismo Beach. Currently, he and his wife enjoy walking the beaches and observing the migrating whales from their home in Pismo Beach, California. It is, he says, the perfect setting for creative writing. He continues to speak regularly to book clubs and other organizations.