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Diann Schindler served 25 years in higher education, first as an instructor of writing and ultimately college president. When she retired, she dabbled in tennis, music, and writing. Yet, her dream was to travel and write books. In 2015, her fantasy was realized.

She sold her house, her car, and all her possessions, save her tennis racket and Taylor guitar, and began her odyssey in Portugal. Four years later, Diann had explored 46 countries in 5 continents.

With world as her muse, this solo nomad wrote her first novel, “Just A Girl” and it sold very well. It was ranked “sixth best coming-of-age fiction in 2107” by Amazon.

Her friends, in American and abroad, urged her to write

Loiba, Spain

 her nonfiction book, “The Essential Guide to a Life of Travel: the ABC’s International Travel.” 

Her third book, “Claim Denied”, an electrifying international cyber-espionage thriller, emerged from her experiences as a higher educational consultant at an American university in Kosovo. Publication is early winter, 2021.

Diann's podcasts are fun, informative, and lively, focusing on her travels; personal experiences, challenges, and reflections; writing tips; and love stories, fictional, of course.

For now, Amelia Island, Florida is her home. When she isn’t writing, podcasting, biking, or swimming, Diann is drinking wine with friends.

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

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Feb 25, 2021

Darryl Bollinger and his wife, June, live in western North Carolina. He has a master’s degree in health care administration from Trinity University and spent twenty-eight years working in the health care industry.

He has always loved reading. As a child growing up in middle-class surroundings, books offered an escape and a chance to experience the world in ways he never thought possible.

A successful businessman and entrepreneur, he finally decided to pursue his first love of writing. Darryl’s wish is that his readers will be transported and entertained in the same way that he still is today.

He is on the board of the Florida Authors and Publishers Association, a member of the Florida Writers Association, and former president of the Tallahassee Writers Association.

His new novel, "The Healing Tree", and the topic of this podcast, opens in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is his second novel set in the area.

Read MORE about all of his novels. Also, email Darryl at for questions and/or comments. And be among the first to have a copy of “The Healing Tree” before it is available for the general public by letting Darryl know you’d like to order an advanced copy.

You can purchase Darryl’s books on Amazon. Here’s his author page. Click HERE to purchase "The Healing Tree."

And you can purchase at the Blue Ridge Books, 428 Hazelwood Ave., Waynesville, NC 28786. (828) 456-6000 

Darryl mentioned “Trails of Tears” by John Ehle. You can find it HERE.

"The Healing Tree" Virtual Book Launch. Please help Darryl choose a date and time for his Virtual Book Launch which will take place on Zoom in late March, either March 23, 24, or 25. Time? Either 2:00, 4:00 or 6:30. He wants to hear from you!  Click HERE to access the form. Fill it out and send it to Thank you so much! 

Intro and Outgo music is Rafael Javadov’s “The Amelia Island Sun”

Interlude music is “Dusk” by Dream Machine

"Eagle Feather" Pan Flute by Kerri Lake


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