Welcome to my Second Acts Series!
Today, we have Wild Rose Press author Ashantay Peters chatting about her multi-act life and her latest release, Déjà Vu All Over Again.
I’m one of those women who has reinvented herself over and over. For example, in high school I worked part-time in retail, after graduation I moved to office clerk and then to secretary. I didn’t begin college until I was in my early thirties, working full-time while taking a full class load. No, I wasn’t crazy, but I often felt like I was losing my mind!
After college, I entered the HR field, and I spent most of the rest of my professional life hiring, firing, and talking benefits and payroll. Well, except for a stint in risk management. And I did shift from corporate to government then back to corporate again. And ran a retail store in the middle there, somewhere. Oh, and managed a small transit system.
I didn’t plan to jump around so much, but as John Lennon said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
Now that I’m retired, I wonder not how I got everything done, but why I pushed so hard. Retirement has meant a huge reduction in available income, but I find that many of the things I “needed” have fallen away. So too the activities that “had” to be done.
And, bonus – I get to use life experiences in my books. That boss no one likes? Killed him off in book four. The best friend who wasn’t – book two. And then there’s the woman who regrets that her first marriage failed – and wishes she could have a do over. Book six. We all have stories, right?
All that being said, I’d advise anyone planning to retire soon to examine your life now. If an event or activity doesn’t bring you joy, maybe it’s time to let that stuff go. Have you always wanted to travel somewhere? Don’t wait! Go now! But most important, indulge your passion. Live your dreams.
As Lewis Carroll wrote in Alice in Wonderland, “I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then.” Embrace change. Accept life.
Rock star Jack Reed has secrets. He’s kept his first marriage to a girl he met at Woodstock, and their son, under wraps for decades. Now his child has tracked him down wanting answers. Former hippie Sally Ford never fully recovered from Jack’s betrayal of their family. She believes he put his career first then and will again, leading to another shattered ending. Jack and Sally’s first meeting is combustible. Can they confront their past and overcome a history of deceit and manipulation to find peace and love?
Ashantay Peters loves escaping into a well-written book. Her reading addiction also has her perusing magazines, newspapers, Internet articles and even food labels. The last is often feebly excused as an attempt to maintain health, but her friends know the truth.
She lives in the mountains of western North Carolina, a happy transplant from the much colder (and flatter) Midwest. She loves to hear from readers! Give her a holler via her blog and she’ll get back with you as soon as she comes in from gardening or takes a break from writing her next book. You have her solemn promise that she will not stalk you.
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Ashantay, thanks for sharing your varied experiences and excellent advice. Best of luck with all your literary endeavors.