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In my late forties, I realized that I no longer enjoyed reading novels with 20something and 30something protagonists. It felt like poking into the heads and hearts of young women who could easily be former students. So, I started searching for novels featuring an older crowd and discovered several late-blooming authors who had launched successful second acts. I longed to pen my own novel, but family and career obligations prevented me from launching a writing practice.
When I retired six years ago, I was ready to write. At first, I focused on the non-fiction market and wrote book reviews and articles about careers, education, money management, personal growth and development, and wellness. While I was pleased with the response from newspapers, magazines, and online publications, I felt a growing restlessness.
It was time to pen the novel.
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Welcome to my Second Acts Series!
Today, we have author Mahrie Reid sharing the multiple acts of her extraordinary life.
My books deal with the question: Who am I? It might be finding the external truth of who the character is legally or having the character find inner truth and sense of identity. Not surprising given my life history.
That’s nice dear, but…
The first part of my life was a vaudeville act. As a child, books sustained me, entertained me and taught me. I wanted to write books for others. At age eight I wrote my first ‘novel.’ But, as a minister’s daughter in the fifties, I was expected to be a nurse, teacher or office worker so I’d have something to ‘fall back on’ if anything happened to my [expected to have] husband. Writing was not a career choice for practical people.
I tried, oh how I tried, to meet those expectations. I worked my way through all three professions starting with nursing. My longest running full time career was as a Real Estate Appraiser. (It spanned ten years). Teaching, first in elementary schools and later in adult night classes, was the second most constant occupation in my rapidly changing life. Concurrent with or subsequent to my real estate career, I worked as a newsletter editor, an adult educator, an office organizational consultant, a library manager and a marriage commissioner and more.
Additionally I married twice and raised three children and two step-children. I lived in ten places, attended four universities and racked up twenty-eight full or part-time jobs in eighteen areas of work. Looking back, I decided that my constant change was a passive-aggressive response to the expectations of my generation and my family.
Was I searching? You bet. But nothing replaced the desire to write. I found ways to write. I wrote for the job. I wrote to make sense of my life. I wrote for entertainment. I wrote about writing. But under it all, what I really wanted to write was novels.
When I retire, I am writing books.
The phrase sustained me until, in my fifties, I suffered a long depression. The time had come for me to own my talents and my purpose and to let go of the expectations of others. It helped that I was financially able to leave full time employment. The practicality in my history persists.
As a writer, my act is focused. I write novels, short stories and blogs. I associate with writers and I teach writers. I work with words. I am doing what I love. Accepting and following my passion freed me to give more to others. My life, and the lives of those around me, is richer because I’ve finally embraced my passion. Finally, I am content where I am.
What is your passion? Are you giving it the respect and time it deserves?
Kelsey Maxwell searches for the truth and walks into the middle of a heap of trouble. Running from killers wasn’t what she had in mind when she set out on her quest. Dead bodies, a knife held to her middle and chases through the dock area add spark her previously dull life. A sexy ex-cop provides protection but in the end, Kelsey may have to shoot to kill in order to save her birth father. No matter what happens, her life is changed forever. Will she even survive to reunite with her father and connect with the sexy Sam Logan?
Devon Ritcey’s past threatens her future. Her attempts at damage control escalate into a murder investigation. A hurricane isolates her on the island with a both cynical ex-cop and a killer. Propelled deeper into danger by the unfolding investigation, she races against time. Her survival depends on finding and stopping the killer before he strikes again.
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So many elements of your story resonated with me. I also gravitated toward one of the “safe” career choices, all the while thinking…Someday, I will write! Mahrie, thank you for inspiring us and best of luck with all your literary endeavors.