I have always been a writer. I wrote in journals as a kid, was on staff for neighborhood, school and work newspapers, and wrote press releases for various groups I volunteered with over the years. But when Brooke finished college, Kirk told me to stay home and write.
So I did. I wrote a book about a woman that has a near death experience and is sent back to save children from passing over before their time. It was a cute story. Not particularly well written. My writer friends said, you can do better, write what you know.
I started writing A Gift of Grace when I was on vacation in Lake Tahoe at the age of 48. I was traveling with my three adult children. Looking at them, I knew that their father and I had done an excellent job raising caring and compassionate children. But they were maybe a little too independent. They had grown apart, started their own lives, and had their own groups of friends. It made me feel sad. So instead of going to therapy, I wrote a book. I wrote it, then put it away and started on my next book, Shadow People, a sci-fi book about time travel. Then I wrote a book called, Court of No Appeal, about a group of vigilantes who go after child predators.
3 years ago I pulled Grace out of the drawer and revised, professionally edited, then sent it to several friends for input. I looked at the calendar, and set the date. I WOULD PUBLISH BY MY 60TH BIRTHDAY. No going back.
So at 59 years, 3 weeks and 2 days old, Nook Press published my novel. I worried. But the feedback has been wonderful. And so, my advice to you, no matter what goal you want to reach...SET A DATE!!!! STICK TO IT!!! It doesn’t matter if it is launching a small online business, looking for a new job, or revisiting an old love like photography or gardening. Follow my lead. DO IT. You won’t be sorry.