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  1. Interview with Pam Valois, author of Blooming in Winter: The Story of a Remarkable Twentieth-Century Woman

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon So often we hear the phrase ‘late bloomers’ to describe women to come into their own during the second half of their lives. Pam Valois, author of Blooming in Winter: The Story of a Remarkable Twentieth-Century Woman  tells the story of a woman who inspired her throughout her life – and how she sees her as a role model in how to approach the ‘winter’ of her life. Tell us about you I am 77 and live in Berkeley, California.  My career was in health care; I retired the day I turned 65!  My husband and I now live in our dream house—the house we’d admired for years when we lived across the street from Jacomena Maybeck. When did you start to...
  2. Karen Espley talks about her first book published in her 50s: The Impulsive Explorer

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon In the latest of our author interviews, Karen Espley who published her first book, The Impulsive Explorer, at the age of 58 shares the inspiration behind it. A little bit about you: I’m 58, single, no children, two cats (!) and living in Horsham. When did you start to write? I started writing after my trip to the Antarctic in 2000. And then when I went to Ghana in 2001, I wrote diaries to remind me of my time there and was a prolific letter writer back to my friends in the UK. And then when I went travelling around New Zealand and Australia in 2013, I started a blog to capture the memories and to share...
  3. Midlife Reinvention: Julie Ryan McGue publishes a memoir detailing the search for her birth family following a health scare

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon As you know I love to share inspirational midlife stories where women over 50 follow their dreams. Today Julie Ryan McGue who was adopted when young talks about the path to writing her memoir  which details how a health scare led her on an amazing search for her birth relatives Tell us a little about yourself I am an identical twin. My sister and I were adopted at three weeks old and raised together. By the time I was thirteen, my parents had adopted again–this time a boy–and after that they conceived three biological children. We were a blended family, and I never sensed that my folks played favorites. I always knew I was adopted and that I was loved. Researching...
  4. January challenge to stay fabulous over 50: Read a book by a new author

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon     I have written previously about how books can become friends. In these times of lockdowns our friendships with books are more important than ever! I have to say that during the summer lockdown when the weather was good my weekend treat was to sit out in the garden with a good book and a glass of chilled rose wine. Not quite as good as being on holiday but it was the best I could do! I have always enjoyed reading biographies ( I am sharing some of my favourites below )and love historical novels. I set up a book club locally a couple of years ago and as we take it turns to choose the books that...
  5. Author Sue Moorcroft talks about exploring Sweden to research locations for her book Christmas Wishes

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    Article by Sue Moorcroft Last December, I mentioned to my British-Swedish friend author Christina Courtenay that I was wondering where to set my next winter book. She suggested, ‘Make it Sweden and we can go together. We can stay with Mum.’ My editor agreed that Sweden would be a gorgeous Christmas setting – what’s not to love about snow and glögg? – and Christina transformed herself into my creative director, researcher, translator, PA, historian and travel guide. She created an itinerary between Småland, the area of southern Sweden in which her mother lives, and Stockholm. Airline bookings, hire car invoices and event tickets flooded my inbox. She arranged everything except the hotel in Stockholm. That was my only duty...
  6. Midlife Reinvention: Interview with Amanda Weinberg on having her novel published in her 60s

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon Amanda Weinberg shares her story as she followed her dream and published her first novel at the age of 61. A little about Amanda I live in London with my husband and a series of dogs who join us when their owners are away. I have two grown up children who live nearby. I’m a languages teacher by profession and left teaching in the mid 80s to set up my own business, A to Z International sales with a close friend from university.  I have always wanted to write and dabbled when I was younger. I wrote many short stories, two of which were nominated for prizes. Working full time for my own business in advertising sales and events for...
  7. Book Review: Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon Set in 1950s England, in Simple Pleasures we meet Jean, who is living what can only be described as a limited life as she works as a feature writer on a local paper to support both herself and her difficult mother. As she approaches 40 she longs for change but can see no obvious way out, and so takes pleasure in small things where she can, whether that be an uninterrupted soak in the bath or something tasty for dinner. As she goes about her suburban life, the paper is suddenly contacted by a woman who claims to have had a virgin birth. Although initially dismissive of the idea, it is Jean who is chosen to investigate the story as she...
  8. Book Review:  My Perfect Sister by Penny Batchelor

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    Book Review by Ceri Wheeldon Having interviewed the author previously about her own personal inspirational story, I felt I just had to read her debut novel. Annie has been estranged from her mother for some time, but when circumstances lead to her returning home, re-establishing her relationship with her mother while rebuilding her life, she is also forced to confront her family’s past. Her older sister Gemma disappeared when Annie was a young child. Not knowing if she was alive or dead, and all leads at the time of the original disappearance culminating in  dead ends, her room was left in tact and untouched for 25 years. Her mother always hoping for her return. To move on with her future...
  9. Book Review : The Weekend by Charlotte Wood

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon A thought provoking book about female friendship as we age. Three long term friends Jude, Wendy and Adele all in their 70s, come together for a weekend to sort out the beach house and contents of a deceased friend, Sylvie. The friendship between the four has lasted decades and survived the different life paths each has taken, but as the three come together once more , without Sylvie the dynamic of their friendship is very different. Each of the three women is having to find their own way to navigate the issues that come with ageing – Adele , an actress is now struggling to find work and her ‘live in the moment’ attitude to life is now creating problems...
  10. An interview with author Evelyn LaTorre as she shares her real life inspiration behind her new book

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon I love to share stories about inspirational women. Evelyn LaTorre shares the inspiration behind her book Between Inca Walls based on her own life story, from wanting to become a nun to marrying a penniless student in Peru and the subsequent adventures that followed. Tell us a little about yourself I am presently a memoir writer, aged 77, who has lived an adventurous, exciting and fulfilling life by taking risks. I joined the Peace Corps in the 60s, married a penniless university student in Peru (read about in Between Inca Walls, by Evelyn Kohl LaTorre), obtained a doctorate degree in Multicultural Education, and made a life for my family. I worked as a school psychologist and special education administrator in the...
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