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Smith is the award-losing author of The Green Ember Series, a middle-grade adventure fantasy saga in progress.

Samuel Dale "S. D." Smith is the bestselling author of The Green Ember series, a succession of middle-grade fantasy-adventure novels.

Official bioEdit

"S. D. Smith is the best husband Gina Smith has so far had and father to four Smithereens who are still young enough to appreciate what passes for his wit and wisdom. Sam is a West Virginia native, a sometime sojourner in southern Africa and the Caribbean, and current resident of his house.

Sam is an award-losing author, having featured as a runner-up for the West Virginia Fiction Award, World Magazine’s Children’s Book of the Year, and Audible’s Kids Audiobook of the Year. He has also lost every other literary award ever given over the entire course of human history.

Sam is a co-founder of Story Warren, a site for parents and others who love children and want to be “allies in imagination.”

Sam has spoken at conferences and classrooms across the country, occasionally doing what disgraced former experts have called, “a pretty decent job.”

He enjoys soccer, West Virginia sports, reading, eating chocolate chip cookies, getting letters from readers, and spending time with his family."[1]


I started writing about dogs and spacemen, but at some point, I fell for the ‘boys don’t read’ nonsense. Boys think that’s something girls do. It was a big problem for me and I only rediscovered reading in my late teenage years. [The Lord of the Rings and Ender's Game] were just hooks and I fell in love. I have been trying to make up for lost time ever since because I spent so much time not reading.
S. D. Smith[2]

S. D. Smith was born in Huntington, West Virginia, on February 11, 1977. He was also raised in the aforementioned state for a period of time in his childhood, but has also spent some of his young years in Ohio, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng (South Africa; as a missionary kid) and briefly in Puerto Rico and Zimbabwe.

He currently lives in Grandview, West Virginia, with his wife and children, where he enjoys spending time with his family, writing, and reading the works of authors that include G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, and J. R. R. Tolkien.[3] He is a devout Anglican and currently attends church in the Grandview area.

He is the co-founder of Story Warren, LLC, which is the company that publishes his books.[4]

His Green Ember series has proved to be rather popular, as he has been listed as one of the Top 100 Bestselling Authors on Amazon and The Green Ember's audiobook has spent time as #1 in worldwide sales on Audible, surpassing even the popular Harry Potter series.[5][6]


Award Category Recipients Result
World Magazine's Books of the Year 2015 World Magazine's Children's Book of the Year for Ages 9-13[7] The Green Ember by S. D. Smith Nominated
Audie's Awards Audible's Kid's Book of the Year The Green Ember by S. D. Smith Nominated
West Virginia Fiction Awards West Virginia Fiction Award The Green Ember by S. D. Smith Nominated


  • Smith's favorite book series is The Lord of the Rings.[8]
  • Smith's favorites of his characters are Helmer, Maggie Weaver, and Jo Shanks.[8]
  • Smith has four children: Josiah Smith, Anne Smith, Micah Smith, and Norah Smith.[8]


External linksEdit


  1. [1]
  2. [2]
  3. FAQS: The Green Ember and S. D. Smith
  4. About Sam (latter paragraph)
  5. About Sam (former paragraph)
  6. WV Metro News | Best-selling author has roots in West Virginia
  7. Children's Books of the Year | World News
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 [3]

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