What inspired you to write this book?
After speaking with women worldwide, I discovered that many of them are terrified at the prospect of aging. The idea for this book came about as a result of many conversations with women forty and older who really have no clue as to who they are. They have spent their lives being someone’s daughter, wife, mother, or a career woman with no identity outside her profession. Now, as they approach this phase of their lives, many of them desperately want to hang on to their youth while others succumb to aging the wrong way.
What topics in your book or background do you think book clubs would find interesting?
The Table of Contents provides such curiosity-evoking subtitles as Change Your “Oil Filter, The FGA Quotient, The F-Word You Need to Use, The 10 Commandments of Aging Motherhood, Think MSN, Beyond Support Pantyhose, and Just heard It through the Grapevine.
Tell us about your career outside of writing and how it influences your writing.
I am a retired teacher-turned -turned writer and while to no longer have a “9 to 5” job, I’m busier than ever with a host of projects. My writing is mainly influenced by my philosophy of life: Find a need and fill it. I think I’ve accomplished this with all three of my books. Someone once said that “a man wrapped up in himself makes a very small package”. This applies to women as well. I prefer the old AT&Tcommercial: Reach out and touch someone. I try to do this with my volunteer activities.
Describe your style of writing
Two of my books are non-fiction, written in a style that engages the reader as though he/she were having a personal conversation with me. My novel, This Business of Children, also pulls the reader into the personal and professional predicaments faced by the four characters in the story.
Which authors have inspired you?
Authors who have inspired me are quite a few but I’ll limit my list to Maya Angelou, Rebecca Wells, Mitch Album, and Regina Brett.
By: Chloe JonPaul
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