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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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Mar 26, 2020


Vic DiGenti is the award-winning author of six novels and six works of nonfiction. His novels include the Windrusher trilogy of adventure-fantasies featuring a four-legged feline protagonist, and the Quint Mitchell Mystery series published under the pen name Parker Francis. Vic’s also penned biographies for two WWII veterans, and written four other personal biographies plus a family history.

As a working author and publisher (Windrusher Hall Press), Vic has taught writing classes at the University of North Florida and workshops at numerous writer’s conferences throughout Florida and other states. He’s a longtime FWA member and a former Executive VP of the FWA Board. He lives and works in Ponte Vedra Beach with his wife and two cats (at the moment) named Yogi and Olaf.

Some great reviews of DiGenti's work: 

Hurricane Island will blow you away. With a murder, a double kidnapping, rising winds, and a pocketful of alligator teeth, this is a perfect storm of a mystery.” –      Michael Wiley, Shamus Award-winning author of Blue Avenue

“Parker Francis’ new thriller starts with a gust and steadily increases to hurricane speeds. You’ll want to lash yourself to a palm tree and hang on for dear life.”—Lisa Black, New York Times bestselling author

Hurricane Island: It’s twenty-four stormy hours … and one living hell of a good time.” – Jefferson Bass, New York Times bestselling author

And We Were Amateur Soldiers doesn’t have any blurbs, but here are a few of the Amazon reader comments:

“Unique and absorbing account of one man’s journey in the Rainbow Division of WWII."

"Story is loaded with interesting and honest personal experiences. War is truly hell! Olsen’s success is more than luck." 

You can buy his books on Amazon: Vic DiGenti Amazon Author Page   and Parker Frances Amazon Author Page

Windrusher Hall Press

To contact Vic about your memoir, use this address:

Music: "The Amelia Island Sun" by Rafael Javadov and "Smile" by Gabriel  

Thank you for listening.  Diann