Monday, May 11, 2009

Inspiration and Resources

There is a full page spread in the newest AARP Magazine about authors who have penned best-selling novels past the age of 50. "Write On Past Age 50" by Bill Hogan is a look at 11 authors with synopses and backstories of the books written when they were no longer "young".

  • Irving Stone wrote The Agony and The Ectasy at age 58.
  • Katherine Ann Porter wrote Ship of Fools at age 72.
  • James A. Michener wrote The Source at age 58.
  • Elia Kazan wrote The Arrangement: A Novel at age 58.
  • Leon Uris wrote Trinity at age 52.
  • Robert Ludlum wrote The Matarese Circle at age 72.
  • James Clavell wrote Noble House at age 57.
  • Jean M. Auel wrote The Plains of Passage at age 54.
  • Alexandra Ripley wrote Scarlett at age 57.
  • Robert J. Waller wrote The Bridges of Madison County at age 53.
  • Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye wrote Desecration: Antichrist Takes the Throne at ages 52 and 75.
Though I'm getting a somewhat later start than most--and I certainly don't anticipate becoming a best-selling author with my little tales--I feel encouraged that I am in good creative company in my senior years!


Also in the week's collection of mail was a catalogue of books which can be bought through Writer's Digest. Many are how-to books, but others are valuable resource books. I'm considering several, including The American West (regularly $40, now $24), Literary Law Guide for Authors ($14.99), and The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits, 3rd Edition ($12.95). Free shipping and handling on U.S. orders of $25 or more makes ordering the books even more appealing.


Last but not least, the June issue of The Writer was in the bundle of mail. There are four articles on writing for children, one on overcoming writer burnout, a short piece on the coming of age of e-books, and some information on business cards (which I'm happy to report, I remembered to take with me on my trip and handed out several!).


K9friend said...

It's nice to know there's hope for us, isn't there? : )

Donna Alice said...

That's what I was thinking! There's hope for those of us past 50. Sure hope I don't have to wait until I'm 70!