No longer seeking employment- Now I will work from home WRITING.
Changing careers was a choice I made out of survival, not on purpose. Not once in my life did I ever think “switching gears” would be a phrase written or spoken about me and my life. I mean really- here I was heading down the pike to the days of retirement, or so I thought, at the company where I worked in healthcare management for the past sixteen years. Little did I know that was not at all the plan; at least not retirement with that particular company.
No one likes to hear the word “downsized”, but I did hear it and was heartbroken. The abyss was dark and never-ending as I searched for employment; not in the old conventional way as I had done long ago, but on the internet. I pounded a keyboard instead of scouring the want ads and then pounding the pavement.How times have changed.
It seemed that no matter how hard I ‘pounded’; how well I interviewed; or how good a fit or asset I could be for a company, I was not hired. Someone was more qualified, or I even thought, much younger than I and the words ‘age discrimination’ popped into my head a few times. I never disclosed how old I am and I know I do not look my age – so what was the deal?
Here I was, full of not just life experiences; but on the job experiences as well, and yet no job. My worries about growing older every day played havoc with my mental being; I was not getting any younger.
With no job but plenty of time, and not being the “sit on the couch watching soap operas eating bonbons” type, I looked diligently for work daily. But what was I to do with the other 23 hours of the day? Sit and fret because I was not getting any younger or cry about who wants to hire an over fifty-year-old woman? No. I got back to my dream. I never thought my intended fate would be to become an actual author, but I did.
Being jobless gave me ample time to do what I loved to do most: write. I needed to see if I had a book in me. Therefore, I picked up the proverbial ‘pen’ and I wrote. I pulled my bootstraps up, sat at my computer, and pulled up the novel I started in 2007. By golly, ten years after starting it I finally typed “The End”. This was the start of my getting back to writing to stay busy to keep my mind off my immediate employment worries.
Fifteen months later, and still without a job, a longtime dream became a reality with a published children’s e-book. This accomplishment pushed me to work on an idea of a crime novel while I continued to look for work. Ten months from when I began writing this particular novel, an offer from a publisher landed in my email! I’ve since completed the second novel in this series and am working on the third.
The most satisfying chapter
Becoming published was the prompt I needed to be able to say, “I have switched gears”- and take that leap of faith. A writing career was something I needed to pursue, and I knew then my life was just beginning. Being downsized ended one phase of my life and pushed me into the next by providing me with time to pursue my passion. It was time to live again!
The adage that life begins or ends at a certain age is just that, an old proverb if you will. Life can truly begin at any age, not just at one of those milestone ages we assume will suddenly be the one where we finally “start our life”. Unfortunately, life can abruptly end at any time too. We can end one chapter to begin a new one at any time; and not write “the end” due to our age. Age is just a number, everyone says that – and with good reason. It is true.
At this point in my life I plan to focus on my dreams, dreams that are now a reality. I am beginning what I believe will be the longest and most satisfying years of my life!
Author of Gracie’s Stories
Deanna King has been writing since 1986 but, as it does for many writers, life got in the way. She wrote when she could but with kids, a husband, work, work, and more work, she wasn’t able to dedicate very much time to her writing. After 16 years of working at the same company, Deanna was downsized from her job. While job loss is always difficult to handle, Deanna turned this into an opportunity to focus entirely on her writing for the first time in her life. Publishing a book was always something she dreamed of doing, and now, with the support of her family, she was determined to pursue it. One night when she couldn’t sleep, the idea for Gracie's Stories came to her! The next morning she started writing out all her ideas, and it flowed onto the paper so naturally. Deanna was just looking for an opportunity and a publisher who believed in her. The Publishing Project gave her that chance! Deanna hopes that Gracie’s Stories will sweep readers out of their everyday lives and into a place where they can smile, laugh, and root for the hero! Download Gracie’s Stories here https://www.ebooks2go.com/searchebooks?q=Deanna+King
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What’s your story and how did you become a writer?
I've loved to read since I was 8 years-old. I began writing in my Jr. year of High School but not seriously. In 1996, I began writing again romance/with a hit of intrigue or history- yet never finished any manuscript, as my life ( husband-kids –work- divorce-kids- work and single life) got in the way of 'my life'. Met a man and remarried after 24 years of being single. A few years later, downsized from my position, I found myself with plenty of time and support from my husband, and picked up the proverbial pen.
How do you balance your work with other demands? By setting myself a schedule for a daily routine, be it marketing- scheduling book events- to home chores and personal chores. Once these are out of the way on the days they need to be cared for I try to write- re-write- or research- My biggest goal as of late is trying to find more time to write and stay in the groove.
Name one of the happiest moments in your life: The births of my children
What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner?
Pantser- I keep a white board with all important story lines& people so I do not leave any story holes
Could you write in a café with people around? Absolutely not.
Have you ever written dialogue in a second language? If so, how did you do it?
Yes- some dialogue- RESEARCH on Google
What’s your favorite book and what are you reading now? No favorites- there are too many books I truly love- as I kid though, I loved Charlotte's Web & the classics . Currently reading The Last Precinct by Patricia Cornwell
What’s your favorite way to read a book: hardcover, paperback, eReader? Hard cover or paperback I love turning to the next page
Do you think print books will always be around? YES!
Would you ever read a book on your phone? No
What’s your go-to device? iPhone, Android or something else? I use the I-pad- not for reading
How long could you go without checking your phone? All day
Do you listen to audiobooks? If you do, what do you do while you’re listening? No
Do you like using social media to promote yourself and your book? If so, what’s your favorite platform? Yes- Face Book and LinkedIn
Website and social media links: ( working on website ) FB- Deanna King Writing- LinkedIn- Deanna King- Twitter- @DKingnovelist
Awards/special recognition: None ( yet)
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