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Roderic Schmidt, presently an English instructor at Allan Hancock, has been writing for some thirty years. He has taught English in both high school and college for some fifty years. Battlefields is his seventh novel, and its genesis was the PTSD experiences that he learned of in discussions with his students, young men returning from the battlefields of Iraq. While the novel is just that, a work of fiction, its underlying themes reflect the realities of today's social dilemmas. Schmidt is currently working on his collection of short stories.
Adam O'Kee is the half-Cherokee son of a prosperous brothel owner from the gold rush town of Bodie, California. Young and strong-willed, Adam is forced to grow up quickly after the unexpected death of his beloved mother. Left without family, Adam flees the little town to begin his life anew at the tender age of eight.
Mathilda Jamison and her family are on their way to California when they are left stranded with their covered wagon on the vast plains east of the Sierra-Nevada. With few supplies left and the danger of predators emerging from the prairie, Mathilda and her family are rescued by Adam, who falls in love with the sensitive and intelligent young woman.
Struggling to fight discrimination and the oppression of social order, Adam and Mattie seek out a better life for themselves, first in the Sierras then on a ranch in the central valley town of Modesto. Set from the beginning of the California Gold Rush in the1860's to the 1880's, Out of Bodie is a tender love story retold in the 1950's by a now aging Mattie to her great-grandson, Little Adam O'Kee.
Roderic Schmidt is a college English teacher at Allan Hancock College in California. He has enjoyed writing for nearly 30 years and plans to publish more of his novels and short stories in the near future. The inspiration for Out of Bodie came from actual events told to him by his grandmother. Mr. Schmidt currently lives in Lompoc, California.