Daniel grew up in Arkansas. In his youth, he worked for his father, riding in an old Studebaker pick-up around the state servicing refrigeration units in tourist courts and small country stores. Years later, Daniel traveled some of those same back roads for his own business, repairing and installing sound systems.
For the first time, he began to notice the amazing number of ancient earthworks that covered the state and realized he knew very little about who built them; when or why. What began as an observation grew to a driving curiosity to research historical documents and the state’s vast archeological findings. The untold stories and lost history, all around him, inspired Daniel’s debut novel, “Storykeeper.”
Smith began his artistic career as a professional audio engineer. For over thirty-five years, he crossed the country, providing sound engineering services for all types of events from outdoor music festivals, concerts, and political rallies to lectures. A parcel list of celebrities Smith worked with includes numerous dignitaries such as Presidents: Ronald Reagan, George H. Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, and George W. Bush, also Bob Hope, Colin Powell, Paul Harvey, Martha Stewart, and Dr. Ruth, and wide variety of entertainers, including, Kris Kristofferson, Alice Cooper, Dolly Parton, Steve Martin, Allman Brothers Band, Jimmy Buffet, Barbara Mandrell, Ray Charles, Rebra McEntire, Dizzy Gillespie, Iron Butterfly, Dave Brubeck Quartet and Willie Nelson.
Empowered by a dream, Manaha steps before the village fire. Against the taboos of her tribe, she demands that the children hear the truth about their abandoned
homelands. Before she can finish her first story, her fire is doused and the children frightened away by Ta-kawa, a devious but respected warrior. He convinces their
struggling tribe of survivors to reject the old woman and her stories. Defiant, Manaha continues her nightly story-fire for listeners hiding in the shadows. They learn
about the great lost nations, and the ancient homeland decimated a hundred years before by the arrival of the Conquistadors and Hernando de Soto, the one they
Storykeeper is an epic adventure, based on the translations of historic sixteenth-century Spanish documents. However, it is told from the perspective of the people
of the Arkansas-Mississippi River Valley, who lived and survived America’s deadliest invasion.
What Other’s Are Saying About Storykeeper
“In a short and lovely novel, Smith has created a wealth of history and culture that will make you weep. Creating words and phrases with a poetic sense, building a feel for Native American culture that feels so genuine and, yet, is eminently readable.” – Reviewed by: Kathy Davie writesthoughts.blogspot.com
“We know who we are through the stories that we hear and tell. This is a repository of wisdom and a magical work.” – Jane Bain author of LifeWorks: Using myth and archetype to develop your life story