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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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Thank you so much.  


Jul 23, 2020

Bona Hayes

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

Bona's Bite Size Nuggets recordings are released the fourth Thursday of every month.

This month's topic is SHOWING VS TELLING

For August 2020 the topic will be DIALOGUE.  To get a head start, check out "Your Guide to Writing Better Dialogue."  NY Book Editor

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.

Put sparkle in your writing!  Bona Hayes Website.

Bona Hayes Facebook Page

During this episode, Bona read some good examples of showing from JJ Clarke's "Dared to Run."

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

Bona's nightstand book "The Complete Guide to Writing Fiction and NonFiction: and Getting It Published"  by Kubis and Howland. 
Diann's nightstand book "Writing a Killer Thriller: an editor's guide to writing compelling fiction" by Jodie Renner.
Reedsy blog
Music: Rafael Javadov The Amelia Island Sun. and interludes Cerulean Skies by Ilya Truhanov.