Age and Other Myths

Happy Birthday to me!  Right here and now, I’m going public with my age for maybe the first time as an author.  Now, I’m not ashamed of my age, mind you. But years ago, when I was an unpubbed newbie–still naive and believing all those “rules”–I read that anyone over fifty shouldn’t tell their age.  The reasoning was that readers, publishers, and agents wouldn’t be interested in an older author.  So since I came to this business later in life, I’ve just kept silent about my age.  But now that I’m older and wiser with a terrific agent, a fabulous publisher, and an actual fan base, it’s time for me to come clean.

Fifty-nine.  FIFTY-NINE!!! 59!!!  One year shy of the big 6-0.  Three adult children.  Two grandsons.  I have clothes in my closet older than some of you reading this.  Does my age make me out-of-touch with the younger reader?  Maybe, but in my 59 years, I’ve lived a lot and have encountered plenty of interesting situations to bring to the writing table.

I’ve loved and lost, but I’ve also loved and won.  I had a ten-year marriage that ended in divorce, and I have a twenty-seven year marriage that gets better and stronger every day.  I have a child and was a single parent for several years, then I married a man with two children (one was a teenager!), so I’m a step-mom.  I’m also a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a mother-in-law, a sister-in-law.

I’ve traveled extensively, love research, and am well-read.

It’s my life experiences that give me the insight to write good stories, and the older I get, the more life experiences I have to draw on.

So, like so many other myths that I once believed, I’ll tuck the writer/age thing into the file under “Debunked.”

Then maybe I’ll go drink a glass of milk with a fish sandwich and swim immediately afterward.

EDITED BY CYNTHIA D’ALBA: In honor of Pamela’s birthday, I’ll give away a digital copy of Pam’s RITA nominated book OUT OF THE DEPTH to one lucky person who leaves a comment on this post by midnight Wednesday (May 15, 2013). Good luck and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PAMELA!!