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In January of 2015, after selling all her possessions, Dr. Diann Schindler left St. Petersburg, Florida, on a solo journey to travel the world.  Five continents, over 45 countries and 4 later, she's still going strong!

Meanwhile, she published her debut novel, "Just A Girl"< ) which ranked 6th best coming-of-age fiction in 2017 by Amazon.

Two months later, Schindler published "The Essential Guide to a Life of Travel: the ABC's of International Travel."  

She continues to travel, photographing and chronicling her experiences through her website, DiannAbroad, blogs and podcasts...following her passion to learn and to grow.

Diann's podcasts are fun, information and lively, focusing on her travels; personal experiences, challenges and reflections; travel tips; wannabe love stories; writing tips and thoughts; and intriguing wonders she often faces.

Her podcasts play on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, YouTube, and more!   

You can reach her through her website, DiannAbroad, or at  She would love to hear from you! 

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Thank you so much.  



Mar 13, 2020

Canadian writer, Valerie Francis, is a best-selling author of fiction for women and children. She’s so obsessed with the craft of storytelling that she’s started an online book club featuring stories by, for and about women.

Originally published under the pseudonym, Robin St. Croix, "Masquerade is a love story designed for busy women on the go. At a dinner party one night, Valerie’s friends (all avid readers and busy women) confessed that due to their hectic schedules, they didn’t read as much as they used to. So, Valerie designed a book in 12 parts that could easily be read on a cell phone while they waited in dentists’ offices or stood on the sidelines of soccer fields. Each part is about the length of a glass of wine or a commute home. Guilt-free moments of escape for readers in their otherwise chaotic days!

Podcaster: Valerie co-hosts three podcasts for writers. The first, The Story Grid Editor Roundtable, is focused on the craft of writing. The second is focused entirely on book marketing on "The Book Launch Show."  And, UP, the "Unpodcast Show," it's new and is focusing on character development with a focus on wants and needs of character.


"Mascarade"  What would you do if you knew you wouldn't get caught?

You can purchase all of Valerie's books on Amazon.

Story Grid Editors' 6 Core Questions.

Music "Tiny People" by Alexei De Bronhe ; "The Amelia Island Sun" by Rafael Javadov

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