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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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Sep 25, 2020

Bona Hayes is a writer and editor who helps authors craft and self publish their works. Her goal is to take YOUR art and make it readable the way you hear it.  She works with you to engage and enthuse your readers.

Podcast: Dialogue 101 

Dialogue 102: Creating dialogue to avoid "monomouth." Editor Bona Hayes and Diann Schindler provide examples of dialogue illustrating word choice, cadence, pet words and phrases, and reactions to stress, shock, and excitement. 

The term "monomouth" is mentioned in and borrowed from The Career Author (Zach Bohannon and J. Thorn) Podcast: The Dialogue Doctor: Jeff Elkins.

Millard Johnson, The Villages FL, Author, check out his books on Amazon.

Marjorie Speirs, Author and Blogger: "A Woman of a Certain Age" 

The latest book on Diann's night stand is Laura Kaye's "Hard As It Gets" - a romance.

Bona's night stand book is Anne Lamott's "Bird by Bird - Some Instructions on Writing & Life"

Diann's Media Kit Page.  If you would like a free copy of the "Media Kit List," please email your request to 

For more information about Diann's latest novel, "Claim Denied" click HERE . To receive publication updates, please write to her at

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Intro and out go music is "The Amelia Island Sun" composed and performed by Rafael Javadov.  Interlude music is "Russian Soap Opera" by Ilya Truhanov and "Golden Memories" by Vadim Derepa.