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Podcasts by DiannAbroad, international solo nomad, author, travel blogger, and photographer include writing tips, travel tips, and her views of life, from savvy and thoughtful to quirky and humorous. Copyright 2020 DiannAbroad All rights reserved.... Show More

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February 25, 2021 26 min

Darryl Bollinger and his wife, June, live in western North Carolina. He has a master’s degree in health care administration from Trinity University and spent twenty-eight years working in the health care industry.

He has always loved reading. As a child growing up in middle-class surroundings, books offered an escape and a chance to experience the world in ways he never thought possible.

A successful businessman and entrepreneur, h...

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February 9, 2021 21 min

Writers' block is real, and it came at me with a vengeance, cloaked in what I thought was celebratory excitement at the point I released my thriller novel manuscript to beta readers. When I mustered the courage to face the truth, paralysis was poised to take control. I had to change my thoughts, my emotions, my mind. Listen to my strategies to address a personal variety of writer’s block.

My next novel, a thriller entitled ...

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January 21, 2021 21 min

I'm back to podcasting again after a 6-week hiatus and I'm writing goals for 2021. First, in order to look forward, I needed to look back to 2020...briefly, at least. This podcast does that: I look back and then talk about my 2021 goals with an eye to encouraging you to write your goals for 2021.

I mentioned two previous podcasts for your listening pleasure: 

"A Writer's Life: A Setting Surprise" 

Thriller: "...

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November 5, 2020 16 min

With my current thriller manuscript ("Claim Denied") in the hands of beta readers, I had time to think about writing another book: a sequel, a thriller set in a small town with fascinating, quirky characters.

When I looked back at a community on the Eastern Shore of Virginia I visited a few times in early 2000, I came upon a startling, sweet surprise! I dug deeper! It was clear: I had to write this novel! 

I joined J. Thorn...

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October 27, 2020 16 min

Schindler's latest book, "Claim Denied," is an electrifying international cyber-espionage thriller. It emerged from her experiences as a higher educational consultant at an American University in Kosovo. Publication is late 2020. 

Blurb on the back cover: 

Feisty and outspoken Margot Evelyn Hart and her fiancé, the charming and wealthy activist Andrey Orlov Stephen, left Minnesota to launch a new life abroad. Their plan...

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Barbara Rein debuted her first book series in fourth grade, The Adventures of Cassandra McGillicuddy in Outer Space, complete with stick figures drawings. Admonished by her teacher
for doing book reports on her own books (and didn't she have chutzpah), she put writing aside for years while stories piled up in her head. One day she opened her laptop and out they poured.

She's now an award-winning and Amazon-best-selling auth...

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Linda M. Whitaker is a retail data scientist, and a writer of science and technology thrillers.  By day she plays with numbers, by night, with words.

Linda started writing around 2011 when she took her first mystery class with Ellen Hart, a prolific Minneapolis author.   Many years of learning and perseverance have finally led to her debut novel.

Linda resides with her husband in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  She loves ...

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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” ...

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September 29, 2020 8 min

In July 2017, I stayed in The Petite House (Airbnb) in Agde, France, a tiny village of 22,450 pop. a mile north of Cap de Agde, the seaside resort on the Mediterranean Sea. Giving this is the first week of the French Open, I thought it fitting I indulge myself and reminisce  about this lovely village.

I mentioned VPNBaron - great way to watch the French Open Tennis Tournament live and free.

Take a few minutes to view the Agde, Fran...

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September 25, 2020 34 min

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

bonahayes@gmail.com www.bonahayes.com 

Dialogue 102: Creating dialogue to avoid "monomouth." Editor Bona Hayes and Diann Schindler provide examples of dialogue illustrating word choice,...

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September 19, 2020 17 min

DiannAbroad, solo nomad, travel blogger, and travel photographer, captures her experiences working for the American University of Kosovo and facing a series of eye surgeries in Prishtina, the capital city of Kosovo.

After a very long 6 months, she escapes to Chiang Mai, Thailand, the Land of Smiles.   There, she finds the zen-like serenity preys on her mind and allows her to see how she has repressed fear of blindness.

Diann goes o...

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August 27, 2020 33 min
Enjoy fun and substantive discussions about writing. 

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

This month's topic is DIALOGUE 101

For September 25, 2020 the topic will be DIALOGUE 102. 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 hea...

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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 ...

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June 25, 2020 19 min

BONA'S BITE SIZE NUGGETS:

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 worki...

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Diann interviews Marilyn R. Atlas – Film Producer/Personal Manager, a charismatic and down -to-earth professional with great tips for character development; and creating bold, complex and memorable characters.  She is a delight!

   Marilyn R. Atlas is a talent and literary manager, author, and award-winning producer. Among her credits as a film producer are “Real Women Have Curves” for HBO, which won the Audience Award at the Sunda...

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Author Biography-J.J. Clarke

J.J. Clarke, author of the Kate Anderson mystery series, draws on extensive experience in law enforcement and a degree in psychology to craft compelling characters and stories.

Clarke’s scenes arise from real-life experiences as a bond investigator, parole officer, and district administrator of the largest penitentiary in the state of Missouri.

She knows her stuff and spins a good story with a kick-ass ...

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Margaret Best was born in New York, graduated high school in Germany and college in Louisiana. She married in Illinois and moved back to Louisiana. She has two sons born in Texas and one daughter born in New Mexico and eight grandchildren. She lived in several countries, states and territories-Germany, Puerto Rico, Egypt, Japan, Guam, and the United States. She retired from teaching elementary school in Florida before pursuing a ...

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(This interview was initially released January 3, 2020. )

Diann Schindler interviews awarding winning author Paula Stone Tucker: "Surviving: A Kent State Memoir."

Paula Stone Tucker was 30 yards in front of the National Guard when they fired into a crowd of students on May 4, 1970 at Kent State University. A retired clinical psychologist, she worked with families, couples,  and  survivors of trauma and abuse. In her younger...

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Sharon Snir was born in Sydney, Australia and began her professional life as an early childhood educator. Following the birth of her five children Sharon changed professions and trained as a clinical psychotherapist and worked in that field for over thirty years, while also giving regular local and international workshops and seminars. In her blog, Speed of Light Heartedness, she shares her philosophical and spiritual musings. Ove...

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A long time Florida resident, J.R. Minard taught in high school and junior college classrooms and raised two teenage daughters.  She later became part of the faculty at the Job Corps in Charles Town, WV and taught the GED program to young men and women who wished to complete their high school diploma and become employed. She spends time as a volunteer with the Patriotic Service Dogs who are trained at Lowell Correctional Institute ...

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