A seventies-year-old prolific writer and near-death experiencer visits The Write Way Cafe today. We welcome Charmaine Gordon, who exemplifies the phrase, It isn't over 'til it's over.
When I was young, was I ever young? I never dreamed of writing books. My plan was to have many children and so it was. Of course I never expected to have a near-death experience with my sixth baby but that happened and somehow, as I made my way down a corridor of light so seductive, I thought I can't leave my husband with all those children and I didn't. We women are remarkable. I returned to life to raise, love and protect my family.
What has this to do with writing, you may ask. Here is my story.
One day while shopping at the local Shop Rite, I overheard two young women gossiping. Gasp, gasp. Edging my full cart closer, I listened. "Did you hear about Dr. Sorenson? He left his wife in the middle of the night with nothing but a note saying goodbye." "Oh no, when did that happen?" They put their perfectly groomed hairdo's together and whispered so I couldn't hear. Damn. What a great idea for a book.
I enjoy reading Romance and Suspense and this repartee between two strangers appeared to be a fascinating start For. A. Book! So this homemaker with many children rushed through the checkout to pay the bill and drove home, scenarios running through my mind.
Shakespeare wrote "There's nothing new under the sun." Did he mean there are a zillion variations of stories floating around and why can't an everyday housewife write one? I believe he meant that or something similar so I wrote, cooked, wrote, cleaned, and wrote some more and I never stopped until I wrote The End and then I cried. I needed another book to write.
Writers, has this happened to you? I got lucky. Not too many rejections and then a request for a manuscript followed by a contract. It happens, folks. In my seventies, a new career. Five years and twenty three plus stories later, I'm building a platform of Contemporary Romance/Suspense and mature Romance Books where the motto is "It isn't over 'til it's over."
My latest story is Spreading Her Wings:
Kindness to strangers in River’s Edge rubs off on all who live there. Sally Kirkwood responds to an emergency call from a friend one early morning. A daughter is missing and with Sally’s skill as a reporter, she finds her at an audition in NYC. Thus begins an adventure of show business, unfaithfulness, forgiveness and success.
Available now: http://www.amazon.com/Rivers-Edge-Trio-Volume-Trios/dp/0692441549
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