Come in and welcome! Here in The Story Folder you’ll find a collection of stories and ideas, occasionally bent into shape around rhyme and meter.

Welcome to the story folder, welcome to my lair,
Look both ways then cross the street — come, hurry up the stairs.
Like or loathe, react or don’t, demand of me, “But why?”
And welcome all the same, dear friends; herein my stories lie.

Feel free to archive and share, to beg or borrow, but not to steal. The reason I provide content for free is because I’m paid in word-of-mouth marketing, in the hopes that it will someday make my attempts to sell novel-length work an easier job.

The other reason is less mercenary. I write to tell stories to people. To make you feel for imaginary characters and their lives, to laugh or cry or to want to take an axe to the bad guys. Writing – a lonely job when you’re at it – breathes life into ideas, but stories ultimately live through the telling of them. So come, enter, and read.

As to me, my name is Andrea Schmeling and someday I’d like to place a comma and “Author” after that statement. By day I am a small town pastor’s wife in the northeast corner of North Dakota, and by night I’m still that, though asleep. However, between those hours I write short stories, picture books, and novels for my own pleasure, with the hope that someday I’ll do so for money. You can’t be a sellout when that was your intention from the beginning.

Thanks go to my brother (tech guy and closet-editor), my sister (head editor for many years), and my husband (admirer and occasional critic).

For any questions or comments, email me at thestoryfolder@gmail.com. If you would like to support me monetarily, you can purchase my books by visiting my author page on Amazon at www.amazon.com/author/alschultz.


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