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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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May 14, 2020

Author Biography-J.J. Clarke

J.J. Clarke, author of the Kate Anderson mystery series, draws on extensive experience in law enforcement and a degree in psychology to craft compelling characters and stories.

Clarke’s scenes arise from real-life experiences as a bond investigator, parole officer, and district administrator of the largest penitentiary in the state of Missouri.

She knows her stuff and spins a good story with a kick-ass heroine, humor and convincing dialogue. 

Clarke lives in Florida and is a member of the Florida Writers’ Association and a local writer’s group. She loves to speak to book clubs and social groups. Contact Info: on Facebook jjclarkeauthor  on Twitter 

     Editor Biography - Bona Hayes

Bona Hayes is a writer and editor who draws on a professional career in training, marketing and human resources to craft manuscripts for aspiring authors and help them publish their works. 

She has experience in communications, special events, seminars, and writing for print ads and websites.  Bona takes the writer’s art and translates it into a reader’s experience. Her goal is to engage and enthuse the target market.

Bona lives in Florida and is a member of the Florida Writers’ Association and a local writer’s group.

Contact Info: on Facebook

Dared to Return and Dared to Run - Fiction/Mystery/Thriller

Buy J.J. Clarke's books with these links:


“Fast-paced engaging story of a young heroine facing what seemed like insurmountable odds. Quirky plot twists and comical scenes kept me on the edge of my seat.” – Paula Tucker, Author, Surviving: A Kent State Memoir

 “Keeps the reader in enjoyable suspense.” – Riley Moon

Book club members rate it 5 stars.

In an elite FBI academy, Kate Anderson, a new college grad, is stalked and terrorized by a corrupt deputy sheriff.  Unable to stop the harassment because of his powerful connections and threats to her family, Kate is forced to try desperate measures to protect herself and her grandparents. As her terror increases, she discovers an underground network of women helping victims escape abusive men.

Meet Dirty Sally, Sister Anne, and a trucker nicknamed The Black Angel—women who orchestrate Kate’s escape. When the deputy is shot, Kate is accused of the crime,  and goes on the run rather than risk an unjust conviction.

Take a high-tension ride with Kate through Missouri and Georgia as she avoids capture, relying on friends, the network, and grit to stay one step ahead of the law. With a bounty on her head, will Kate evade the marshals? Can she keep up the disguise? Will she ever see her family again?

Dared to Run is a thriller not to be missed!

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