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Most of you know, that I credit Christian Fiction to turning me back to Jesus almost eight years ago. When I enjoy a story, I want to share that with you. Not only did this book provide me with a great story, but the author’s start in writing inspired me just as much.
I just finished The River Rose by Gilbert Morris. A fresh historical set in 1850 on a river boat with a female captain! The hero is a late bloomer, something his author has in common.
No matter what your dream is, it’s never too late to follow it.
Gilbert is eighty-years-old and didn’t start writing until he was fifty. Here’s part of an article he wrote.
Many authors in the industry would call me a late bloomer; I didn’t write a novel until I was almost 50 years old. Although, 50 doesn’t sound as old as it once did, now that I’m cozying up to age 83. Before becoming an author, I pastored a couple small Baptist churches, worked for Boeing Aircraft, and taught English at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.
That’s where I caught the writing bug.
I have always been a reader of novels, and while teaching, I came across a very bad novel. That’s when it came to me, “Why, I could write a better novel than that!”
And so I sat down and wrote my first story; I sent it out to almost 50 publishers before it was accepted. Since then I’ve published 228 novels (Sometimes I feel as if I’ve written one novel 228 times!).
For those of you who’ve already visited my newly-launched website, you realize I’m a late bloomer to the World Wide Web. Facebook. Twitter. Pinterest. (Yes, ladies, I’m on Pinterest!) Up until now, it’s been unfamiliar territory to an old-timer like me. Unfamiliar, but not unreachable.
The older I get, the more I realize the significance of being a late bloomer. You see, with late bloomers, there is always potential waiting in the wings. Potential. Anticipation. Hope. The idea that it’s never too late.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has suspense, a love story, and even some court room drama. The heroine was fresh and I loved the rougish hero, I really wish he’d sing for me.
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Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.