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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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Jun 25, 2020


Enjoy fun and substantive discussions about writing.  Conversations for all levels of writers: beginners, intermediate and even advanced.

Bona Hayes is an editor who hears the words and cadence of written work much like a conductor hears a symphony. She has an “ear” for writing and combines it with her professional background in business communications, to edit manuscripts for authors.

She enjoys working with writers to retain their voice and style. Her goal is to identify, engage, and enthuse their target markets.

Bona splits her time between New Hampshire and Florida, where she is a member of the Florida Writers’ Association and a local writer’s group.  Contact Info: on Facebook

I interviewed Bona Hayes in a previous episode:  Confessions with Editor Bona Hayes.  

This episode is about Point of View.

The point of view of a book is the method and perspective an author uses for conveying the story.  Writers may choose to tell their story from one of four perspectives:

  • First person point of view.First person is when “I” am telling the story. The character is in the story, relating his or her experiences directly.
  • Second person point of view.The story is told to “you.” This POV is not common in fiction, but it’s still good to know (it is common in nonfiction).
  • Third person point of view, limited.The story is about “he” or “she.” This is the most common point of view in commercial fiction. The narrator is outside of the story and relating the experiences of a character.
  • Third person point of view, omniscient. The story is still about “he” or “she,” but the narrator has full access to the thoughts and experiences of all characters in the story.

For more information, check out "Point of View: First, Second and Third Person POV."  and "The Ultimate Point of View Guide: Third Person Omniscient vs. Third Person Limited vs. First Person." 

We read from Dared to Run by J.J. Clarke.  You can buy her books here:

Bona's Bite Size Nuggets will be released every 4th Thursday of the month.  Our next episode focuses on "showing vs. telling."  If you have time, prior listening to Bona's next episode on July 23rd, bone up by reading this article:  "The Difference Between Showing and Telling."

Please subscribe, comment and rate.  Let us know what you want Bona to talk about in future episodes.

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Musical interludes are from music by Ilya Truhanov

Intro and out go music is "The Amelia Island Sun"  by Rafael Javadov.

Thank you for listening!