I write coming-of-age stories about people who are age 50 and over.
Consider: In a typical coming-of-age story, the young people struggle to figure out who they are, what they value, and what price they’ll pay to get what they want, whether it’s career or soulmate or way of life.
But then what? Thirty years later, do they stick with that or try something new?
How do they deal with life’s drama? Do they evolve or stay stuck? What are they willing try, or desperate to reject? And do they realize they might have thirty or forty more years to live with that decision?
I enjoy reading about the second half of life, done thoughtfully. Unfortunately, I can never find enough of those books. Some of the older characters are just 20-year-olds with silver hair. That’s not what I want. I want the big questions answered, questions about life and death, happiness and survival.
My debut novel, Dakota Blues, told of a 50-year-old woman who goes on an empowering road trip with a 90-year-old buddy. Dakota Blues won the Next Generation Indie Book Award (finalist) for excellence in Women's Fiction. My second book, published July 2014, was Middle-Aged Crazy: Short Stories of Midlife and Beyond.
And in December 2016, Key Largo Blues was published. Find out what happens to Karen Grace, her sweetheart Curt the hot professor, and the merry band of fulltime RVers, the CRS ("Can't Remember S***") Ladies. People are saying KLB is even better than the first book, and that it's good even as a stand-alone.
So come along with me on my quest to discover OA fiction. For a collection of titles I recommend, check out my OA reading list at http://www.Facebook.com/LynneSpreenAuthor
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