2013 Global Ebook Awards Winner for Best Biography and Book Trailer
During her childhood on an idyllic barrier island on the Space Coast of Florida, Joanie Holzer Schirm first heard many of the stories detailed in her books through the colorful tales of her Czech-American father. She knew she wanted to write these stories down one day, but had no idea that fifty years later, her powerful debut book, Adventurers Against Their Will, would win the 2013 Global Ebook Awards for Best Biography. The moral to this story: You are never too old to accomplish your dreams. Adventurers Against Their Will is published in English and Czech languages. Germany’s International Tracing Service (ITS) has included the stories of Joanie’s refugee dad, Oswald “Valdik” Holzer, in their educational series dealing with displaced persons. The ITS makes the lesson plan available to teachers worldwide. Her book is Recommended Reading for high school students by the Florida Department of Education.
In addition to writing books and articles, Joanie Schirm is a celebrated amateur photographer, world traveler, community activist, sought-after public speaker, and former Orlando, Florida award-winning businesswoman. She’s internationally known for her leadership role in Orlando’s hosting of FIFA’s World Cup USA 1994. The mother of two children, Kelly and Derick, she lives in Orlando with her husband, Roger Neiswender.
Her second book – the epic WWII tale of her father as he travels as refugee across five continents for six years – My Dear Boy – will soon be published.Email Joanie