12:30 PM to 12:55 PM
No Age Limits in Finding Your Voice
Anita Paddock describes her post-retirement writing career and the importance of following through on the stories you want to tell. At thirty-six, Ms. Paddock took her first writing class but she certainly didn’t have ambitions to write about true crime. But for forty years, there was a good story she wanted to tell – about a prominent woman killed in Van Buren, Arkansas. The book, Blind Rage, was a solid success, as was her second book, Closing Time. Join Paddock for some “it’s never too late” inspiration for your own writing goals.
About Anita Paddock
At the age of seventy-four, Anita Paddock’s novel, Blind Rage, was accepted by a publisher. She had a pretty good story to tell about “never giving up” and “the ship won’t come in unless you send it out.” She graduated from the University of Arkansas, married, divorced, married again and widowed after twenty-six years of marriage. She raised a family, taught school, worked in a bookstore, taught writing classes, and managed a branch library in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She thought she would never achieve her dream of having her name on a book. But, as Paddock describes it, “finally the stars lined up perfectly. It just took a long time.”