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  1. Interview with Stephanie Raffelock about her book A Delightful Little Book on Aging

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon   Stephanie, tell us a little about you: I live on the edges of Austin, Texas, in a community called Steiner Ranch, where all of the women are belles and all the men got your back.  Hubby and I moved here in the fall of 2018, because of the warm weather and our shared desire to never own another snowblower.   When did you start to write?  I’ve always written. When I was a little girl, I wrote jokes.  I thought they were fun to write because you could add a picture to make your point. And, I loved to make people laugh. As a teenager, I wrote lyrics and poetry on a baby blue Smith-Corona electric typewriter, the best Christmas gift...
  2. Ida Abbott talks about her book Retirement by Design and how to best transition at this new life stage

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon Ida Abbott wants us to rethink our approach to retirement. Here she shares with us why she decided to write this much needed book, and the key points she hopes we will benefit from by reading it. Tell us a little about yourself I live and work out of my home office in Oakland, California. My husband and I have been married more than 50 years and have two grown sons; one is married and has a new baby (our first grandchild) and the other is an expat who has lived and worked in several countries since college. I was a...
  3. Interview with Dr Louise Pendry on Challenging Perceptions of Age and her New Book Grandmas Can’t Trampoline

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    The podcast is also available to listen on iTunes Dr Louise Pendry of Exeter University talk to Ceri Wheeldon of Fab after Fifty on how we are influenced by stereotypes of ageing, and how our impressions of ageing are formed from a very young age. Her new book Grandmas Can’t Trampoline is written for young girls , to help combat the normal stereotypes they already have when it comes to negative perceptions of ageing. ...
  4. Interview with author Elizabeth Woodcraft on her new book The Girls from Greenway

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon Author Elizabeth Woodcraft talks about career as a writer, and the inspiration behind her latest book, The Girls from Greenway I live in London but I’m originally from Chelmsford in Essex, where my recent books are set. When did you start to write? I’ve written stories and plays since I was small. My best friend Christine and I used to produce a newspaper, using a John Bull printing set and a lot of handwriting that we delivered to the houses in the street. I also used to write plays that we performed for the other children in the neighbourhood. ‘Granny is a Fusspot’ was one of my finest works (aged 8). I also had a lot of penfriends and wrote and...
  5. Author Jane Wenham-Jones talks about the story behind her book The Big Five O

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon   In the latest of our author interviews , Jane Wenham-Jones shares the inspiration behind her book, The Big Five O, and how she became a published author Jane Wenham-Jones – author, journalist, presenter, speaker, creative writing tutor, Jacqueline-of-all-trades… When did you start to write? Properly when I was at home with a small child some 20 odd years ago. (One of my early short stories was about him locking me in a cupboard!) But I’ve always written bits and pieces. What have been the challenges for you? Fitting it all in. I always want to do everything and have the attention span of a gnat. What did you do prior to this? Was a teacher, ran my own business, did copywriting, buy-to-let, co-owned a wine bar, washed...
  6. Do you love books? Your chance to vote for your favourites: London’s Big Read 2019

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    Article by Helen Lewis   Fourteen incredible authors invite you to read their books, share your reviews and vote for London’s BIG READ of 2019! Do you love books? Do you adore discovering new authors? Are you open to trying new genres? Do you get a kick out of sharing the excitement of finishing an amazing book with your friends and family? Today, World Book Day, sees the opening of the online vote for the London’s BIG READ competition. Fourteen incredible books have been shortlisted across genres including non-fiction, poetry, fiction for adults, children and teens… This is how you can get involved: Why not select a few from the shortlist to read with friends – or your local book group? You could arrange a book swap...
  7. Author Jan Harvey shares her inspiration behind her latest book The Slow Death of Maxwell Carrick

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon Author Jan Harvey shares her route to writing her first novel, and her inspiration behind her latest latest book. About Jan: My name is Jan Harvey, I am an author and artist living in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. I moved here twenty-one years ago and live in a small, but thriving, village with my husband, Paul and flat-coated retriever, Byron. I write historical fiction and love to immerse myself in the social history of both England and France. I am an avid reader and enjoy everything from the classics to modern gritty novels but, above all, I love a mystery.   When did you start to write? I used to design, write and edit business publications, but as websites became the ‘new media’ I lost...
  8. Interview with Angela Dyson is the author of The Love Detective

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon I caught up with Angela Dyson on the inspiration behind her debut novel,  The Love Detective. It’s a very fun read!!! About Angela I’m Angela Dyson. I’m 56 years old. I’m a dreamer, I’m a romantic (currently a single one) and I’ve recently changed my life having moved from London to Surrey to concentrate on being a full-time writer.   When did you start to write? I started writing stories when I was a teenager and have continued off and on ever since. What have been the challenges for you? I always wanted to be a writer but never had the confidence to go for it full throttle until now. Self-belief...
  9. Author Interview: Dee Coxon talks about the inspiration behind her book Polish The Diamond In Your Heart

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon The latest in our interview series of authors over 50. Dee Coxon shares the inspiration behind her book, Polish the Diamond in Your Heart, how to reveal your unique fire and brilliance and use it to start a business in midlife and beyond. About Dee I was born in the North East of England and have been self-employed since I was 18. After 30 years I left my vocational path and entered the world of academia, believing this was what I needed to support a career change. In the year I turned 50 I gained a Master’s degree, a teaching certificate, became a Grandma and lost my mother to cancer after a 2 year battle, during which I nursed her. A quote by Rufus wainwright: you’re born twice, once at your...
  10. Interview with author Christine Webber on her career and inspiration behind her latest book Its Who We Are

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon   I caught up with Christine Webber, on the inspiration behind her latest book, It’s Who We Are, and the life issues it explores for women over 50. When did you start to write? As a child, I was always writing stories. I also wrote plays – usually with a good part in them for me! One of these – which owed much to the plot of the Nutcracker Ballet – was called ‘Midnight in the Nursery’ and it was put on in my junior school.  Quite a proud moment.   What have been the challenges for you? My first book was a novel, published by Century Hutchinson in 1987. At the time of writing it, I was a television news presenter at Anglia Television. I had intended...
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