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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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Oct 1, 2020

Readers love stories that take place in small towns. Everyone has something to hide. The characters are steeped in juicy stuff such as, pure and simple small politics, personal rivalries, hidden agendas, and petty vendettas that often have little to do the broader matters at hand - none the less, engaging drama.

Setting is more intimate in a small town. The characters are in a close-knit community. When characters are “close knit” it can be dreadful for the protagonist. Remember old man Potter from the Building and Loan in “It’s a Wonderful Life”? The story wouldn’t be a story without protagonist Potter. 

When well done, we get involved and experience more emotion in the circle of personalities in a small-town story.

Diann lists a few classic small-town novels and discusses small-town movies.

Her latest novel is  “Claim Denied”.

Intro and out go music is “The Amelia Island Sun” composed and performed by Rafael Javadov.

Musical Interludes: “Golden Memories” by Vadim Derepa