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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Steve Schlager  

Pen Name: none

Genre: Fiction Mystery

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Quincy, IL

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Schlager was born in Quincy.

Biographical and Professional Information

Steve Schlager was born in Quincy, Illinois and raised across the Mississippi River in Canton, Missouri. He moved there in 1970 and graduated from Canton, Missouri High School.

Schlager is fascinated with Southern Illinois history. His first book is about a Coal mine payroll train that is hijacked and vanishes completely, for nearly one hundred years. His second book (in the works) is about a civil war era paddlewheel steamboat that is rammed and sunk by a stolen Union Ironclad.

A retired businessman, Schlager sold his Promotional Products company in 2013. He and his wife travel extensively, looking for historical ideas to turn into fiction books.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Train That Vanished
ISBN: 1978166834

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2017

A coal mine train carrying payroll for thousands of miners vanishes in Southern Illinois. At the same time, Charles Lindbergh crosses the Atlantic and a locally famous hotel mysteriously burns to the ground. The train is a mystery, until now.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes. Can contact the author directly for speaking engagements. He prefers to speak in central or southern Illinois areas vs Chicago. Group size does not matter. Presentations should be about my book.