S. D. Smith Media Kit


S. D. Smith is the author of The Green Ember Series, a million-selling adventure saga featuring heroic #RabbitsWithSwords. The Green Ember spent time as the number one bestselling audiobook in the world on Audible. His newest novel, co-authored with his sixteen-year-old son, is a thrilling fantasy called Jack Zulu and the Waylander’s Key. Smith’s stories are captivating readers across the globe who are hungry for “new stories with an old soul.”

Smith is a founder and owner of Story Warren, a publishing, events, and IP development house based in rural West Virginia. Story Warren exists to serve families as “allies in imagination.”

S. D. Smith lives in Grandview, West Virginia with his wife and four kids.


The Green Ember Series

Four thrilling adventures following siblings Heather and Picket as they get caught up in an epic struggle for rabbitkind’s liberation from the tyrannous preylords. Humor, heart, and hope anchor this series that centers on small rabbits battling to keep faith amid the chaos all around them.

Green Ember: Old Natalia

An exciting trilogy featuring heroic rabbits who discover new lands and fight off evil forces to shape a new community built on hope. Fleck Blackstar, Whitson Mariner, and Prince Lander lead the forging of a new world in this swashbuckling series of virtuous, valorous tales.

Green Ember: Archer

Jo Shanks is the best buck with a bow and he aims his arrows at the heart of the enemy’s darkness in this gripping trilogy. Breathtaking battles, baffling mysteries, and lots of laughs feature in these wonderful adventures featuring Jo and his friends.

Jack Zulu and the Waylander’s Key

Jack Zulu and the Waylander’s Key is an enchanting adventure in the tradition of Tolkien and Lewis, as well as Spielberg and Lucas. But this fantastical journey launches in rural West Virginia in the eighties, with a half-Appalachian, half-African kid trying to escape the town he sees defining his small, sad life. Jack discovers a gate hiding a city between twelve realms, and finds out where he truly belongs in a surprising, satisfying adventure.

Jack Zulu and the Waylander's Key

All books are available at the S. D. Smith Store or Amazon.


“This is the story we’ve been waiting for. When my audience wants to know our family’s favorite readaloud, I answer without hesitation: The Green Ember. My blog and podcast audience constantly thanks me fore recommending it. The Green Ember has become a true cult classic for Read-Aloud Revivalers all over the world, regardless of their denomination, their children’s ages, or their parenting style. It’s the story that unites us. Our whole community eagerly awaits whatever S.D. Smith is up to next.”

Sarah Mackenzie, host of the Read-Aloud podcast, author of Teaching From Rest

“A captivating story with sword-bearing rabbits, daring quests, and moments of poignant beauty, The Green Ember is a tale that will delight and inspire young readers to courage and creativity and would make a perfect book for a family to read aloud.”

Sarah Clarkson, author of Read for the Heart and Caught Up in a Story

“I can objectively say that this book will provide a dose of literary magic and charm on the same level as the classic Narnia series. I honestly don’t think that’s overstating the quality and strength of this book. It is a rare thing in my opinion to find a children’s/young adult book that offers just as much for an adult reader as it does for the age group it’s specifically targeted for. This is one such book. I whole heartedly recommend it to any reader regardless of age, background or typical literary preference. The storytelling and world creation is not just good, it’s astounding. So astounding in fact, that if you’re not careful as you take this masterpiece of a book in, you might just find yourself regularly on the lookout for cape wearing, sword wielding rabbits everywhere you go!”

Chris Chesley, Amazon Reviewer

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Suggestions for interview questions/discussion topics

  • Moral Imagination
  • The Power of Storytelling
  • Why and How of Stories
  • How Do I Take My Writing to the Next Level?
  • How to Coach Creative Kids
  • What’s Unique About Christians as Storytellers? 

Natalie Morell, Marketing and Communications Manager at Story Warren