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What’s the best way to stay informed about S. D. Smith’s new books, events, and news?
The BEST/ONLY way to be sure you get the latest news on S. D. Smith/Green Ember books/movies/plays/hot dog stands is to sign up for his newsletter (AND OPEN AND READ IT).
Is it true I can get a FREE audiobook version of The Green Ember? How?
Yes! Boom. Here you go!
Yes! Boom. Here you go!
Will you stop saying “boom?”
I want to get free Green Ember coloring pages and virtually high-five S. D. Smith!
Thank you very much! See here.
Where are S. D. Smith’s audiobooks available?
What is the best order in which to read the books?
- The Green Ember
- The Black Star of Kingston
- Ember Falls
- The Last Archer
- Ember Rising
- The Wreck and Rise of Whitson Mariner
- The First Fowler
- Ember’s End
- The Archer’s Cup
What’s the ideal age for kids to read The Green Ember Series?
Parents, of course, must decide if the books are appropriate for kids with special sensitivities. For read-alouds, many families have found a wide age of kids (even as young as four and as old as older teens) can stay engaged. For independent reading, the sweet spot might begin around seven or eight, and go into the teens, depending on the child. Parents are always advised to read the book first if you are concerned.
Is Ember’s End the last of the “main” Green Ember Series?
Yes. It concludes what began with The Green Ember, and continued with Ember Falls, and Ember Rising.
Will there be more stories in the Green Ember world written and published after Ember’s End came out?
Yes! More adventures are out there.
Are orders open at S. D. Smith’s store for the new Green Ember Archer Adventure, The Archer’s Cup?
Yes! Get it here.
When does The Archer’s Cup come to Audible and Amazon and bookshops?
Is the Green Ember Archer Series separate from the Green Ember Series?
The Green Ember Archer adventures (Last Archer, First Fowler, Archer’s Cup) follow a supporting character, Jo Shanks, from the main four Green Ember books. They occur during the same rough timeline as the main four books, but feature different scenes and adventures not explored in the books that focus on Picket and Heather.
Do your Fight Back shirts (and mugs, hats) have a political message?
This video sums it up. It is specifically unconnected to modern political or social media movements. It’s connected to a deeper, older battle. It’s aimed at daily facing up to darkness and despair with the defiance of light. It is an exercise in modesty, hospitality, love, self-sacrifice, and faith. It’s specifically aimed to inspire and encourage those who take responsibility to love and serve vulnerable children—particularly in the arena of Imagination.
Will you ever publish Prince Lander and the Dragon War (the next Tales of Old Natalia adventure)?
God willing, yes. Sam is looking forward to writing that adventure.
I want to see the Green Ember LIVE! Will you stream the event, publish the new, unreleased story Sam is reading, or bring it to my town?
For now, future in-person events are the only places this story will be shared. We wish we could bring Sam everywhere he gets requests, but it takes an organized event with some planning and investment to take Sam away from what all his readers want him to be doing: writing more books!
Who do I contact about setting up an Author Event, or having S. D. Smith speak at my event/conference? (I have a budget and a plan.)
Does S. D. Smith Provide Autographed Books By Mail?
Unfortunately, we aren’t able to.
Will S. D. Smith Correspond With Me/My Child?
See this. You can write to S. D. Smith at…
PO Box 2267
*Note: Portions of fan letters and art may be shared unless requested otherwise.
Will S. D. Smith Read/Review My Book/Mentor Me/Provide Writing Advice By Email/Promote My Book?
Sam would love to be able to engage all such requests, but he is almost always unable.
We wish we could answer questions for each person individually, but maybe this will help…
Name: Samuel D. Smith
Goes By: Sam, Daddy
Family Born Into: Two Parents, Three Brothers, and One Sister (Sam is the middle child.)
Present Family: One Wife, Four Kids (Two Boys, Two Girls)
Born: Huntington, West Virginia on February 11, 1977
Raised: In West Virginia…and Ohio (USA), KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng (South Africa), briefly Puerto Rico and Zimbabwe
Lives: Grandview, West Virginia
Books Loved As A Child: (Read to) The Chronicles of Narnia, The Boxcar Children, Lassie, Little Women
Sports Played As Child: Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Baseball, Football, Cricket, Rugby, etc.
Favorite Foods: Tacos (mild!), Chicken or Turkey Pot Pie (no peas!), Fried Chicken, Chicken Tenders, Broccoli Casserole, Good Sandwiches, Hamburgers, etc.
Favorite Fast Food: Chic-fil-A (are there others?)
Favorite Fruit: Bananas, Apples
Favorite Veggies: Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower
Favorite Treat: Chocolate Chip Cookies
Favorite Teams: West Virginia (anything college), Liverpool FC, USWNT/USMNT
Hand To Be Used Most If Right Hand Is Ever Cut Off (Jedi Situation): Left
Favorite Color: Green (especially forest green)
Favorite Places Visited Abroad: Durban, Paris, Rio, Zimbabwe, UK
Politics: A Little Left of King Arthur (not original with me)
Hobbies: Reading, Playing With His Children, Walks, Soccer, Campfires and S’mores
Favorite Authors: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, P. G. Wodehouse, Patrick O’Brian, G. K. Chesterton, Wendell Berry, Jane Austen, Jerome K. Jerome, Clair S. Smith (SDS’s Grandfather, a poet), N. D. Wilson, etc.
Do you have guidelines for fan art, fan fiction, curriculum, and selling merchandise?
Yes! Read our guidelines here.