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I wrote my first book at 75. At the age of 81 and 10 books later, I’m having the time of my life

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We all enjoy “milestone” birthdays. At 16, we’re old enough to drive. Then soon after we’re old enough to drink (legally). Then we start marking decades, and 50 is a biggie: a half-century. But for me, the greatest milestone birthday of all was when I hit three-quarters of a century. At the age of 75 I wrote and published my first book, and here I am six years later working on book number 11, and loving this new passion I’ve discovered.

What makes this even more remarkable is that for my entire life I had a rich, happy life as a musician (student/teacher/performer/stage director). Music was my discipline from a very young age. Reading was a hobby, and I probably had a vague thought about “writing something someday”.

I still remember the exact date I decided to write my first book – 6 May 2013. I’d just finished directing a production of a musical dear to my heart, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, with a great group of teens at a local high school. For the first time in 20 years I had no summer production to direct. I whined to a good friend about what would I do with myself that summer with no show. “Why don’t you write a book?” I looked at her as though she had two heads and mumbled, “I might as well try to climb Mount Everest.” But this wise lady countered, “Don’t think so big. Think........

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