Also serving the communities of De Luz, Rainbow, Camp Pendleton, Pala and Pauma

Schindler wins 3 awards for 'Fallout Shelter'

FALLBROOK – Steven Schindler, Fallbrook resident and contributing writer to the Fallbrook Village News, was a recent winner of several awards for his critically acclaimed novel, "Fallout Shelter."

"I was very pleased to be notified that I won three awards for my latest novel. It's very difficult for authors who aren't with the "Big 4" corporate publishers to get noticed. So, any recognition is greatly appreciated," Schindler explained.

The awards are:

Best Fiction, "New Adult" NYC Big Book Award. ("New Adult" is a relatively new fiction category for coming-of-age themes.)

Silver Medal, Literary & Contemporary Fiction, Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards.

Best Fiction, Runner Up, New York Book Festival

"Fallout Shelter," Schindler's seventh novel, is a fictional story based on real events that have been in the news and in families and communities for decades. It follows three best friends from being altar boys into young adulthood as they face the challenges of growing up in an environment where evil is sometimes hiding in plain sight.

"I try to be real in the language and storylines that people can relate to, no matter the region of the country or the decades involved," Schindler said. "It's not always pretty and sometimes raw, but hopefully there are lessons to be learned and shared."

A sample of reviews:

"Glimmers of hope and happiness shine through all the way to the end....An extraordinary tale of the tribulations on the road to adulthood."

-Kirkus Reviews

"Both a tender coming-of-age New York period piece and a harrowing exploration of corruption in the church." 9 out of 10 Rating- Publishers Weekly/BookLife

"It's a perfect time capsule of a time that nostalgia has deceptively disguised as more innocent."

–Peter Bloch, Saturday Evening Post, contributing editor

"Fallout Shelter" is available in paperback and Kindle on The audiobook is available on Go to for more information.

Submitted by The Elevated Press.


Reader Comments(0)

Rendered 07/19/2024 08:51