While all the headlines in the book section of the news are grabbed by young authors, there’s still plenty of room for an older writer to make a debut. That was the conclusion drawn by almost-30 something K.W. Colyard, who wondered if she was missing a chronological “sweet spot” and should perhaps get moving on her writing career.
She was inspired to search for late in life first-time authors and discovered a list of a half dozen women authors who got that first volume published later in life. We liked the idea so much we’re sharing her list of notables from her Bustle story here. As her list suggests, you may never be dismissed due to age if you have something to say.
- Mary Wesley, Jumping the Queue
- Anne Youngson, Meet Me at the Museum
- Harriet Doerr, Stones for Ibarra
- Lorna Page, A Dangerous Weakness
- Norma MacMaster, Silence Under a Stone
- Sarah Yerkes, Days of Blue and Flame
But the list of authors who started late doesn’t stop there. Other ‘late bloomers” who published later in life include Margaret Walker, who wrote her first novel, Jubilee at 51; Toni Morrison, a Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winner who wrote her first book at 39, Alex Haley, who wrote the best-seller Roots at 55, and of course Senior Planet member Calvin Alexander Ramsey, who has written books and plays (read his story here).
What’s your story?
How to start? Most writers have trouble getting started at least sometimes. Solution? Just start.
A nudge from a friend may help. If you need a little pep talk, we found this from another successful woman writer. She sees women writers and women book readers as a most natural, unsurprising thing.
Want more inspiration? We will be hosting author John Leland to talk about his bestseller “Happiness is a Choice you Make” at the Senior Planet Center in NYC at 127 W. 25th Street on October 23 from 6-8pm…or watch the talk live-streamed as it happens on our YouTube Channel here. The talk is free but registration to attend is required; call 646-590-0615.