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Episode 09 – Frank Knight – Veil of Eden

Frank’s journey to becoming an author is different than most author’s today. When he decided to start writing, the kindle wasn’t even around yet. He also didn’t publish traditionally, so he overcame hurdles that we may not face today.

His book – Veil of Eden – is a sci-fi, fantasy with political leanings. It was published over 10 years ago, yet he is now thinking of writing a sequel to it.

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Episode 08 – Kerelyn Smith – Mulrox and the Malcognitos

Kerelyn Smith is a software developer by day and has written a middle grade fantasy – Mulrox and the Malcognitos. This story is about an ogre that wants to be a poet.

Kerelyn explores her writing career and the struggles to get a book published. Her book is a reflection of some of those struggles and things kids deal with that they can relate to.

You can find Kerelyn at

Grab Mulrox and the Malcognitos –

You can sign up for her mailing list –

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Episode 07 – Michele T Berger – Reenu You

Michele is not only an author, she is a college professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a creativity coach. She works with students in women’s and gender studies and authors to improve their ability to tap into their creativity.

Her story, Reenu-You, is a post apocalyptic story where civilization is destroyed through a hair care product. As far as she knows, it’s the only post-apocalyptic story using hair relaxer as the downfall of civilization. She has gone through Falstaff books, so knows traditional, indy, and hybrid publishing.

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Episode 06 – Ronald Murphy – Crypto-Guru

Today’s episode I welcome Ron Murphy – the Crypto-Guru. That’s crypto as in cryptozoologist. Ron actually helped mentor Colin from episode 02.

Ron has been giving lectures at various conventions and festivals and has written several books about various crypto and supernatural topics. He has been on tv (with Robert “Freddy Krueger” England) and he also co-hosts a weekly podcast that explores the strange.

Lately, Ron has written some poetry and fiction. And on top of all that – he just became a grandfather!

If you’d like to check out his work:

Ron’s Amazon author page

Inside the Goblin Universe podcast

Corridor 13

and some of his books:

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Episode 05 – Michael Dibaggio – Ascension Epoch

Mike Dibaggio has been trying something a bit different with his books. He writes superhero stories set in his own unique world. This world combines elements from many great fantasy stories – War of the World by HG Wells being the main basis.

He has combined these stories into his own unique universe and even invites others to share in that universe and write stories in it.

He works with his wife (who does the art) and has just started a companion magazine.

You can find Mike at: where you can register to get a free story.

He is on Amazon at:

He also runs: which contains many other stories set in his world.

Four stories set in his ascesion epoch universe – these are about the martian war (which was started in HG Wells War of the Worlds)
This is Mike’s own superhero group. Still based in the same universe, just a different era.
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Episode 04 – Lon Varnadore – Junker Blues

Lon has been writing for several years and has written several fantastic books, but he struggles to catch fire and launch his career to the heights he’s like. He loves to write and has been working on figuring out his voice and genre.

Lon writes sci-fi, horror and fantasy books, all genres he enjoys to read. Hear about why he writes such diverse genres and what his plans are for the future.

Lon has offered a free origin story for his Junker Blues: Mars – get it here.

You can find Lon on Amazon –

Check out Lon’s latest books:

[update] – Lon is really making things happen lately. Here is a short video showing the magazine he recently appeared in.

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Episode 03 – Mark J Roman – Conquering the Boundaries of Friendship

Mark J Roman after traveling the world, it took brain surgery in his 60’s for Mark to get his book out.

Marks career as a healthcare consultant has taken him all over the world. During that time, he developed his idea for a book about men and their relationship to each other.

It wasn’t until Mark had emergency brain surgery for a birth defect that he decided to actually get his book out. His path may not be typical, but he has written a book that is relevant and needed.

You can find mark at:

email him at:

His book, Conquering the Boundaries of Friendship, is available at Amazon and the print edition can be found at Barnes and Noble.

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Episode 02 – Colin Schneider – Ramblings of a Teenage Cryptozoologist

Colin and I visit Last Exit Bookstore

Colin started his career much younger than most – he was 15 when he started to talk to groups at conferences. His research into the paranormal and cryptids allowed him to become a radio host and he interviewed some of the biggest names in the paranormal field. By the time he was 17, he had published his first book.

The audio for this episode was recorded on Skype.

You can find colin at:

And you can get his book on Amazon (affiliate link):

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Episode 01 – Intro

Welcome to Discovered Wordsmiths. This podcast is dedicated to talking to new and aspiring authors. Each episode I will find out from these authors what they’ve done to get their book out and find out how their author career is going.

This is a quick introduction to the podcast and myself. As an author, writing under S.A. Schneider, I write middle grade and teen fantasy fiction. I have met many authors, who like me, have been writing for years before the get their first book out. I want to find out more about these individuals in this podcast.


Welcome to the first episode of Discovered Wordsmiths. My name is Stephen Schneider, I write under the pen name S.A. Schneider. Let me give you a brief intro what the podcast will be about.

I listen to a lot of podcasts like a lot of authors. I hear a lot of talk about people who have had big numbers, people who sold lots of books, people who have been very successful. That gets a little discouraging when you’re still struggling to get your first book out and you’ve already tried to write three or four books and discarded them. Nothing seems right, you feel like you don’t know how to write and you’re not a good writer or a good author, that you’ll never make it. So hearing that somebody made 10,000 a month or they made six figures in a year isn’t helpful when I haven’t any books and only made $100.

That was my thinking. I know there’s a lot of authors out there that have struggled and gotten through this and they do have a book out or maybe even two now. They might have spent years to get that out. Maybe they aren’t making huge sales numbers yet, but they have done it. They got in there. That’s what I think would be a little more inspirational to struggling authors. Somebody that’s just a little bit above them, a goal that they can reach. That was my thinking. I wanted to create this podcast to find other authors that had gotten their success by getting the book out/ By making a couple sales. What did they do? what are they doing now? What’s their plans? Hopefully that will become inspirational. I, as of this podcast, have been working on my stories and books for a little over four years. I just recently got a full novel out. I’ve got plans for others. The first was done I’ve written so much I’ve got several that are almost done. I should be able to practically explode with several stories within the next year. That’s exciting to me. I didn’t even think I could get out a book, I thought I was going to have to hold onto it. I thought I’d have to write a second one. I just decided to put it out, I just did it and it’s out there.

So that’s basically what the podcast will be about and that’s basically who I am, an aspiring writer that looks to others and tries to help others to get to the same point. Hopefully, in a few years, I’ll talk to some of these authors a second time and I’ll have multiple books out. They’ll be successful. They’ll have the author career that they desire. Stick with me, check these authors out. Come with us on the journey and find out what they’ve done to reach the point that you may like to get to.