Women

The Late Bloomer and The Cat Who Could Read Backwards

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Lilian Jackson Braun published who first novel at age 52, featuring a feline gumshoe named Koko. Her publisher rejected the fourth installment because it didn’t contain sex and violence and Lilian refused to compromise…

Julia Margaret Cameron on Failing in the Dark

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At age 48, Julia Margaret Cameron taught herself to use a new invention, the camera. Photographers still admire her images, many of which have changed the way we view the medium.

The Mystical Midlife Adventures of Alexandra David-Néel

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In 1924, at age 56, a genteel Frenchwoman disguised as a peasant hiked through the Himalayas to become the first Western woman into Tibet’s forbidden city, Lhasa.

Why I Write Science Fiction by Lindsay Edmunds

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Author Lindsay Edmunds stopped reading fantasy and science fiction her twenties, when she became a “responsible adult.” So why does she write it now, decades later?

Grandma Moses on Creatively Keeping Busy

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“Painting’s not important. The important thing is keeping busy.” Words of wisdom from 101 years of living and she didn’t even start painting until age 76!

P.D. James: Civil Servant to Literary Royalty

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PD James wrote her first popular mystery at age 40. Seven more followed before she retired from from civil service. Today, at age 93, she’s a baroness and still going strong!

Five Reasons I Fell in Love With Fiction Writing at 57

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A guest post by author Kassandra Lamb who, like actor Carl Gordon, experienced a divine calling that led to her late-blooming passion.

Madeleine L’Engle: Tenacity and The Tesseract

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“…if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” How one of our most beloved children’s books almost didn’t get published.

Cynthia Morris: Why Books Can Take So Long

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Cheryl Strayed’s recent bestseller Wild took over fifteen years to write. Today I’m at Write It Sideways asking author Cynthia Morris, “Why do some books take so long?”

No Stopping at 70 for Author Janet Evanovich

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After ten years of rejections, Janet Evanovich published her first novel at age 44. Last year she ranked No. 79 on Forbes’ list of The World’s Most Powerful Celebrities.