Encouragement for Older Writers
Lexington Herald-Leader | 12/03/2005 | Retired nurse spins family story into her first book:
"A true story about a little girl swept away by floodwaters haunted Jan Watson for some 50 years.So, if you don't feel, as the saying goes, like a spring chicken, take heart! You, too, might get a book published even at your "advanced" age!
What if the girl had lived? What would she have looked like? Where would life have taken her?
Watson, a retired Lexington nurse, took those imponderables and turned them into a work of fiction that has gained praise, support and editing expertise from no less than Jerry B. Jenkins, co-author of the bestselling Left Behind series of end-of-the-world novels.
Watson's first novel, Troublesome Creek, is now on bookstore shelves. Last year the manuscript won the Christian Writers Guild 'Operation First Novel' Contest, a nationwide competition to find unpublished talent in Christian fiction. The win brought Watson a $50,000 prize and a publishing deal with Tyndale House.
Watson said she can barely believe that something she wrote is available in the marketplace.
'How cool is that: To be 61 and sell your first book?' she said."