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Writer with penAs someone who had a lengthy business career in IT and consulting prior to becoming an author, the notion of why people take up writing later in life interests me. Some people have always wanted to write but knew that finding a secure income stream was paramount. Others have stumbled on writing as a new career.

John R. Bell told his story last week – From CEO to Rookie Historical Novelist – and I thought it would be interesting to ask others about their experiences.

If you think of yourself as being a second-career author, I’d be delighted to have your thoughts on any or all of the following questions:

  • What sort of career did you have before becoming a writer?
  • Was there a triggering event that prompted you to begin writing?
  • Do you now write full time or part time?
  • What parts of the writing career do you enjoy the most/the least?
  • What parts of your former career do you miss/not miss?
  • Do you have any regrets?
  • What advice would you offer other second career writers?

Alternatively, if you’re interested in writing a guest post on the topic, let me know!

For those celebrating Thanksgiving today, I send my very best wishes.

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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction. Her latest novel, TIME AND REGRET was published by Lake Union. Mary’s other novels, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads or on her website www.mktod.com.