I had the great privilege of joining the crew at The Center for Lit in this fun interview. If you enjoy my books and want to know more about my heart for kids and approach to the vocation of storyteller, this is a really good place to hear more. I really enjoyed this interview. It was one of my favorites. (Here are some others, if you're interested.) I have appreciated their Bibliophiles pod … [Read more...] about S. D. Smith on New Stories with an Old Soul, Storytelling in an Age of Rebellion, Some Jokes, and One Sick Burn
Dear Friends, It has been an incredible year for us and I just wanted to write and say thanks. This year you helped us share The Green Ember Series with tens of thousands of new readers! I believe in these stories and I’m honored they have found a place in so many homes. I get the most amazing messages, letters, drawings, and cards from readers all over. It’s so encouraging to me and I wish … [Read more...] about What, A Year? #RabbitsWithSwords #2016
I have a confession to make. I've been in on a pretty sweet secret for a little while. Here it is. Joel Clarkson, our esteemed audiobook narrator for The Green Ember Series is also, as many of you know, an incredibly accomplished musician, composer, arranger, conductor...ALL the music things! He has scored films, orchestrated music performed at the Vatican, and has released nine albums so far. … [Read more...] about Release Day! Melodies For The Mended Wood #RabbitsWithChords
I’m very happy to share our excellent Christmas season sale with you. It’s the most affordable any of these items has ever been, I think. We have tried to make it easy for you to shop for those children on your list who are into fresh, fun adventures, with a deep well of meaning. We have books, audiobooks, shirts, swords, necklaces, and lots of great bundles. See them all here! Get the series for … [Read more...] about Give the Gift of Stories this Christmas
Dear Friends, I have been asked a certain question hundreds of times. I’ve been asked it in person, in interviews, in emails, in blog and Facebook comments, and in letters from kids. “When is The Green Ember sequel coming out?” This question has served as both an inspiration to me and a force of pressure on me. I spent nearly a decade in a long “rough draft” of The Green Ember, telling my kids … [Read more...] about Ember Falls, The Green Ember Sequel, Is Here!
Hello Again, There's a lot of buzz about the possibility of a movie version of The Green Ember, but there is more to be excited about right now! I’m writing to say that my new book, Ember Falls (The Green Ember Book 2), is available for preorder from Amazon. It will ship September 13th! (Cool people say "drops." Trust me, I heard someone in California who was certifiably cool say this.) You can … [Read more...] about Ember Falls Into Our Hands: The Highly-Anticipated Green Ember Sequel Is Ready To Drop
Hello Friends, I’m writing this from the skies above middle-America, on my way home from a trip to Los Angeles. I was in LA to meet with folks who want to make a film version of The Green Ember. <---True. (Yay! Hurray! High-five! :) Okay.) I won’t get into a lot of detail now, but some veteran filmmakers with a passion for telling great stories contacted me about six months ago about the film … [Read more...] about Is The Green Ember Heading to the Big Screen?
I wrote this little poem in a minute while listening to a man talk about how bygone builders approached the architecture of angels. He spoke of how they built grand spires and sacred spaces with an expansive imagination for the ages. He challenged us to consider what we were building. Would it last? I thought, I am only telling stories to children. And this came out. It will have to serve for now … [Read more...] about A Cathedral of Words