Feisty 86 Year Old Writer Plans New Blog [EP 25 The Blog Chronicles]

Matthew_Design-PodCast_Lura-Zerick-02Age is just a number.

That’s definitely the motto today’s podcast guest lives by.

Meet Lura Zerick: she is 86 years young and already working on two new novels.

She has been a writer since the 1980s, starting out as a freelancer with print publications.

She has self-published 7 books. Most of them were published after she turned 70.

Lura says she wouldn’t go back to being 35 for a million dollars. After spending five minutes with her, I believe it.

With her writing experience and amazing attitude, I brought her on The Blog Chronicles knowing that many would enjoy her story.

Here are some other things you’ll learn from this interview:

–How she started a freelance writing career in her late 30s

–Her experiences with domestic abuse

–Her current projects

–A closer look at a few of her books, like Who Do You Think You Are?, Feeding Our Spiritual Selves, The House of Esther

–Her current television project

–Future plans

–How she develops her positive attitude

You can read this interview or listen to the audio below.

What do you think about Lura’s journey? Anything you would want to say to her? Leave a comment or question for Lura below…

 

 

Lura Zerick Interview Transcript

( For those who like to read.)

Lura Zerick

About the Author


Lura Zerick 
grew up on a farm in the Florida Panhandle, the youngest of eight children. She wrote The House of Esther, she says, “to give hope to those who are hurting.” Though the story is fictional, the acts of violence are based on true events from Lura’s life. The royalties from sales of her book will be donated to a women’s shelter in Dothan, Alabama. Lura currently divides her time between Tampa and her woods in Alabama.

Introduction

Matthew Loomis: Hello is this Lura Zerick?

Lura Zerick: Yes, it is.

Matthew Loomis: Hello Lura.

This is Matthew Loomis with Build Your Own Blog.

How are you today?

Lura Zerick: I’m doing great.

Beautiful blue skies sunny day, who, but pleasant.

Matthew Loomis: Ahhhh… sounds beautiful.

Lura Zerick: It is.

Matthew Loomis: You’re down in Alabama I believe, right?

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Lura Zerick: Yeah by choice I’m totally surrounded by woods.

I like that!

Matthew Loomis: Oh man that’s beautiful!

Sounds great.

So what I want to do today is feature you on my podcast.

Lura Zerick: I’ve been really busy.

This is pretty exciting for an eighty-six-year-old.

I am involved in setting up at least three times a week of television, either a program or a five-minute segment on a daily program. I’ve been to Pensacola to Channel 33 and it’s part of a network so I’ve been really hoping that would go well.

So what I’m saying is that I’ve been giving my time to back.

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Matthew Loomis: Congratulations on that television slot.

Lura Zerick: Oh yeah.

I have the perfect press release for it and the title is – ”86 Year Old Begins New Career.”

Matthew Loomis: Hahaha… love it!

Lura Zerick: That would make someone want to read.

The purpose of that and the purpose of the things I do is to encourage others at my age to stay active as long as possible.

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Too many people are saying ”well I’m old now my life is over” and they just stop everything I can’t imagine how miserable they must be.

How Long Have You Been Writing?

Matthew Loomis: Absolutely.

That’s why I wanted to talk to you today.

Your story is very inspiring.

Can you tell us first of all how long you’ve been a writer, you’ve been a writer for quite a while, is that correct?

Lura Zerick: Yes I started doing freelance writing probably fifty, fifty-one-years-ago.

when I was about thirty-five and I was delighted to have a few articles accepted and that just spurred me on.

Because during that time I had felt like a failure in so many ways. So to be able to write something that publishers, whether it was a freelance article or whatever could I use was very encouraging to me.

So I didn’t stop I just kept on going.

Matthew Loomis: It was a completely different time for a freelancer back then.

Because there was no internet.

Lura Zerick: Right.

Is It Easier For Freelancers Having the Internet Today Then It Was Back Then?

Matthew Loomis: Do you think it’s easier today.

Or more advantageous for the freelancer to have the internet today?

Lura Zerick: Well.

It all depends on their attitude and their ambition.

I had already decided to myself that I would search out the possibilities for Writers Market.

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Of course, there is an annual Writers Market that lists all the markets of all publishing.

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That’s a great help to writers they can look at magazines or book publishers or whatever, newsletters or whatever.

Are You Associated With Any Writing Programs?

Matthew Loomis: Are you involved in any associations like writing associations?

Lura Zerick: I don’t think I am now.

I have been in the past.

Since I moved to the woods I just stay here in my own little world but I reach out through my computer that’s my way of reaching out.

Let’s Talk About Your Books

Matthew Loomis: You have written several books.

How many books have you written?

Lura Zerick: Seven.

Matthew Loomis: Seven total.

Can you tell us about your first book I think it was published in 1989 called – ”Who Do You Think You Are?”

Can you tell us what that book is about?

Lura Zerick: Yes.

It’s about your opinion of yourself your self-confidence.

Life can sometimes cause us…. or the words or the actions of others can cause us to lose all hope of success and our activities. Because it’s easy when you don’t feel secure to allow the words and actions of others to tear you down knocking you down further.

I want to spend my time lifting people up and encouraging them.

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In fact years ago I wrote and produced a radio program. It started out weekly and then I made it daily – Encouragement For Todays Woman.

I’m not a feminist not at all. I knew many women who had been literally knocked down by experience or by their quote ”loved ones” unquote.

Sometimes those experiences can cause us to lose self-confidence.

And it’s often easy to give up.

If somebody tells you every day that you’re ugly and stupid you know you aren’t but after hearing it a long, long time you almost begin to believe it and you lose the confidence that you’re capable of doing anything.

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Matthew Loomis: you’re right.

You’re talking about domestic abuse?

I believe one of your books a fiction book called – ”The House of Ester” covers this topic.

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Lura Zerick: Yes.

Did You Write The House of Ester Based On Your Own Personal Experience?

Matthew Loomis: Was this book written from your own experience?

Lura Zerick: Yes.

I’ve been there.

That’s why I can cover many subjects. I think I’m really best at writing self-help. So many people need encouragement. They might not realize it and many of them might not admit it.

Truly life can be very painful and you lose hope and a few words of encouragement can make the difference in someone else’s life believe me I know.

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Matthew Loomis: Absolutely!

Is your book – ”The House of Ester” – is that an encouraging book for women who have been abused?

Lura Zerick: Yes, because that isn’t the end of life.

The person being abused might even wish it could be.

You could get to that point. I’ve been there twice when you realize that these people around me are wanting me to give up and that little stubborn streak came out and I said ”mmm I’m not about to” and I started doing my thing.

Where Could We Find These Wonderful Books That You Have Written?

Matthew Loomis: Fantastic.

Now all of these books that we’re talking about today are still available.

Can you tell us where people can find your books?

Lura Zerick: Yes.

All of my books are available on Amazon dot com

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Matthew Loomis: Alright.

Lura Zerick: One that I especially Like.

It’s about… as I said I lived in the country. I do now but I grew up in the country which was a terrific basis for me because I learned a lot had I not lived in the city.

One of the books – ”The Golden Olden Days”

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I forget what year it was published but it’s about literally growing up in the country life in the early 1930’s and 1940’s. It’s entertaining and for city people, it might be found strange or informative or something new.

But it’s really very interesting.

Matthew Loomis: So it helps city people know what it’s like to live out in the country.

Lura Zerick: Yes.

Matthew Loomis: Alright.

Lura Zerick: The thing is.

When I was a kid I never had toys.

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I never had a doll my dad wasn’t big on getting toys so we had to entertain ourselves.

Which was in some ways actually good because it brought out our capacity to face the day. It’s weird I never had a bicycle I always wanted a bicycle but I never had one I never had a doll and I never had any toys at all.

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As I said we entertained ourselves that’s why this book will be interesting to those who live in the – ”I want everything” day.

Did It Ever Dawn on You To Start Writing When You Were Growing Up In the Country As a Teen?

Matthew Loomis: Back then when you were a child or into your teens.

Did you think about being a writer back then?

Lura Zerick: Oh no.

I loved school.

I loved school ever since I started at age four. I began my senior year at age fifteen. At age sixteen December 1st I graduated the following year I’ve always love school.

After my five children were grown and gone I got a degree in journalism. Actually, I’ve been in touch with other colleges to see if I can get a BA (Bachelor of Arts) online. Simply because I still enjoy learning.

I believe as long as we are breathing we can learn something every day.

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And I tell them, ”I like making good grades at my age” so I might go after a BA (Bachelor of Arts) I don’t know.

I still read five books a week that’s all my local library allows.

In simple times you could get fifty books that is 50 items at a time. But here our local library only allows five so I’m there every week to get five more books.

Do You Read Books Really Quickly?

Matthew Loomis: That’s fantastic!

Are you a speed reader?

Lura Zerick: I need to read more so than I need to eat.

We’ll put it that way.

What Inspired You To Start Writing At Age 35?

Matthew Loomis: You said that you were thirty-five when you started writing.

What made you turn to writing at that age?

Lura Zerick: At that time I didn’t have many people to talk to.

Maybe I could just pour my heart out on paper.

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I don’t know but while I was in Miami I had already started college in Alabama. Then I went back to Miami and I went to South campus and it was my way of communicating.

Sometimes when you say we need to talk someone else will say there’s nothing to talk about. So you can’t resolve anything with that attitude.

What Turn Did Your Writing Profession Take in 1989?

Matthew Loomis: What were you doing career wise in 1989 when you published your first book?

Lura Zerick: I was just hoping I could succeed at writing because I had had a few freelance articles published.

It was the opinion one has as oneself really will determine their future.

It was important to me to share with other who had been down and out. To encourage them ”don’t give up!”

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Your best years could be in the future as mine were.

Did You Independently Publish You First Book in 1989?

Matthew Loomis: In 1989 with your first book.

Was that a self-published book or did you have a publisher?

Lura Zerick: You know what?

I don’t even have an agent.

I’ve tried a few times to get an agent most of them won’t even reply when I give them the details. It’s my opinion that at my age I wouldn’t be very beneficial to them.

But you know what that didn’t stop me either.

As long as I’m enjoying relatively good health I just go to the doctor once every year, year-and-a-half and we laugh and joke and I say ”well I haven’t seen you in a while I just came by to see how you were doing.”

Anyway I do have Parkinson’s and I have skin cancer but those two won’t stop me either. Otherwise, I’m very healthy to be eighty-six-years-old.

What Is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease
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noun
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  1. a progressive disease of the nervous system marked by tremor, muscular rigidity, and slow, imprecise movement, chiefly affecting middle-aged and elderly people. It is associated with degeneration of the basal ganglia of the brain and a deficiency of the neurotransmitter dopamine.

Matthew Loomis: Sounds like it definitely.

Lura Zerick: I’m mobile.

I did stop driving when I was eighty.

Nobody told me to I was trying to be sensible about it. I used to drive to Tampa, Nashville and all over.

I don’t mind being an old lady but I miss driving.

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What Plans Do You Have For Writing In the Future?

Matthew Loomis: What are your writing plans going forward Lura?

Lura Zerick: I ‘m presently working on two books both fiction.

Actually, I’m planning on doing a new article on working on two books at a time.

Usually, when someone writes a book they just hone in on that one thing but you know there is an advantage and that is that it gives me no choice according to my moods.

I find like today I might not be in the mood to work on one book or one subject. But I might be exactly in the mood to work on the other one.

I find that not only interesting but beneficial.

I Find Blogging To Be Instrumental In a Flexible Way

Matthew Loomis: I find that beneficial as a blogger as well.

You have different articles or what we call posts in the works at the same time. You work on what catches your mood the most in that moment a lot of times and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Lura Zerick: I just recently have a lot in the pipeline.

Maybe twenty-five things going I have so many things to talk about or write about I can do either or both.

Have You Ever Considered How Blogging Could Be a Useful Instrument For a Writer?

Matthew Loomis: Earlier you were talking about pouring you heart out on paper.

Which I think every inspiring writer wants to do.

What do you think about today with the tool called the blog?

Lura Zerick: I think it could be and it is very beneficial to the readers.

A blog is different from writing a book because you can use different subjects, shorter items and I think the land of the bar might depend on the writer.

Sometimes you might put five or seven hundred words out in a flash. I think syndicated articles are about fifteen-hundred words it takes more effort.

I think the blog is much more effective it still gives you the opportunity to write and to intermix with other people.

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And sometimes they might reply and sometimes they might not.

Are You Having Any Forethought About Having Your Own Blog?

Matthew Loomis: I know you and I talked a little bit through email about blogging.

Are you, planning to start your own blog in the near future?

Lura Zerick: Yes.

It would be called – ”Our Later Years.”

Matthew Loomis: Sounds good.

Lura Zerick: A lot of people my age don’t read.

I have known people (though I don’t understand it) that haven’t read a book in twenty years.

I don’t know how but they are just being instead of living to me in my estimation just as a first grader needs to be urged on by parents.

I find that older people also need great encouragement. 

That’s where I come in I am an older person and I know as I’ve said too many people reach a certain age and then they tell themselves ”I’m old now my life is over.”

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And they just simply stop they stop all activity I would rather go on than do that.

Tell Us a Little About Your Every Day Writing Schedule?

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

What does your daily writing routine look like can you give us a scenario?

Lura Zerick: I’m on my desktop probably on an average of three hours a day.

And I’m reading three or four hours a day.

If I get a good book, often I don’t actually get books that I can’t put down but I love it when I get one of those.

I might read until midnight or three in the morning or I might go to bed at 8 O’Clock and just read for an hour. I read night and day. This morning about 2 O’Clock I woke up I couldn’t go back to sleep so I turned my lamp on and I read for over an hour.

I was thinking with all this reading I could use it to get a BA I could read school books as well as other things.

What Time of the Day Do You Prefer to Work on Your Writing?

Matthew Loomis: Right.

Are you the type of person that writes first thing in the morning or do you write later in the evening?

Lura Zerick: The first thing.

Because then my mind is fresh.

When I wake up at night I often get ideas I keep my mind open for new ideas and I often have a list of four or five things that I want to write about which is terrific.

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Do You Have a Specific Writing Programme That You Keep To?

Matthew Loomis: That is that’s the way to go!

Do you keep track of your writing schedule of some sort?

Lura Zerick: Mentally I might.

I don’t keep a written track because I usually live alone.

Presently my second son is here he’s fifty-nine but normally I live alone. I do everything necessary as soon as I have my coffee I go to my computer and I do my thing.

Sometimes I really enjoy having coffee on my front porch looking at the woods just enjoy watching the birds.

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I love nature and the beauty of it.

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It doesn’t take much to entertain me.

I was supposed to get remarried last year June to a classmate from seventy-five years earlier. We’ve been in touch for two years and then he fell and passed away two weeks before we were to get married in June.

Matthew Loomis: Ahhhh… I’m sorry about that Lura.

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Lura Zerick: It was sad yes.

Do You Sometimes Put Your Life Experiences Into the Stories You Write About?

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

Do you ever put things like that into your stories and your personal experiences?

Lura Zerick: I haven’t done that yet.

I am working on a book which is the story of my life.

I don’t know if you know about the story of the woman at the well in the Bible? (John 4:1-25)

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Matthew Loomis: Yes I am familiar with that.

Lura Zerick: Okay.

The tentative title I have is – ”Another Woman Another Well.”

I literally identify with her in many ways I’ve learned a lot and in fact, just a few days I thought I really need to write an article that ”life is really a series of lessons.”

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We learn how to live by living.

Matthew Loomis: Mmm…

”We learn how to live by living.”

Yeah, that’s profound.

Lura Zerick: It’s the truth.

Life is full of lessons.

They might be painful.

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They might be joyful but we learn something.

If they’re joyful we learn to be more appreciative of the little things.

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And if they are painful we learn to avoid that in the future.

I have decided that life is a series of lessons.

Matthew Loomis: Lura when you are ready to start your blog.

You know that I am here to help you at – BUILDYOUROWNBLOG.NET

Dummy Proof Step By Step guide for building your own blog

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I think it would be great if you were able to share some of these other personal stories on a blog I think that would just be fabulous.

Lura Zerick: How many words would you suggest?

Matthew Loomis: Well I think that would be really up to you.

Starting out I think that you are an experienced writer and I wouldn’t necessarily think about word count.

My guess is your stories are probably going to be over five-hundred words for sure so that definitely long enough. I’m not a big advocate of real short posts unless they’ve got some super profound piece of advice or something really entertaining in a matter of a few sentences.

Normally a post should be three to six hundred words at least.

Then there’s nothing wrong with a four-thousand-word post if it’s well done and that’s what your audience likes.

Lura Zerick: Actually I prefer the shorter posts.

You can fairly well color the subject and get your point across if you’ve thought about it.

I do a lot of things mentally. I have them together in my mind before I put them on paper let me put it that way.

Matthew Loomis: Right.

You have sort of a mental outline?

Lura Zerick: Yes you can plan it.

If I wake up at three O’Clock in the morning it’s too early for coffee sometimes.

If I think about something to write about I will immediately start considering the points I want to get across. Literally arranging it in my mind and exactly what I want to say.

Matthew Loomis: Absolutely.

I think it would be great too if on your blog maybe you shared some of your writing tips.

Lura Zerick: I’m a little weird.

But that’s okay.

When I have a speaking date I never make notes.

Because if I had to look down to my notes… by the time I found out where I am in my notes I might lose my audience. So I keep a mental page in my mind of where I am and where I’m trying to go.

Unless you know that you’re not going anywhere.

Matthew Loomis: Absolutely.

Lura, I’m going to be linking in The Show Notes to your Author page where people can find all your books.

We’ll be looking forward to seeing your blog down the road. We’ll be keeping in touch and I’ll let people know when your blog starts.

Lura Zerick: I have wondered.

Should I just do it on Facebook or do I go to your website to start it?

Matthew Loomis: Yes.

The Startup Guide is on my website – Build Your Own Blog dot net

Lura Zerick: I think my blog – ”Enjoying Our Later Years” will bring a whole new attitude.

I had a sister that if anyone mentioned age she would leave the room.

Too many people have a negative attitude about getting older. Well, do they realise that if they’re not getting older they’re not here?

Matthew Loomis: That’s profound.

Lura Zerick: Instead of hating our later years learn to enjoy them.

I’m so glad I love my life!

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I wouldn’t be thirty-five again for all the money in this world.

Matthew Loomis: That’s incredible!

Lura Zerick: It’s because I love a challenge.

So many have told me ”I could never do what you do.”

I just do it! I’ve done many things I didn’t know how to do.

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 Unless I try I’ll never learn.

So I just walk in and even when I do speaking dates as I said I don’t keep notes. I just say ”well as I get older I’m closer to God.” I do Christian books and actually, I’ve written about this team Gospel for homes and I have no training in that area.

I was a night club singer for about five years. I love music and I love listening to music it’s very soothing.

I used to love to dance I thought I couldn’t live without dancing.

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Now I wouldn’t dare it I mean to do any energetic dancing.

I’ve learned that unless you are willing to try something you never will do anything and if you’re afraid to try you’re going to stay right in that negative area all your life.

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I’ve told many I’ve done so many things I didn’t know how to do because I was willing to try to and the more I do it the more I learn.

Matthew Loomis: The more you did it the more you learned.

Lura Zerick: Right.

And if it means a great deal to you, you will find other sources of learning to do it better.

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Matthew Loomis: That’s right!

Lura Zerick is an eighty-six-year-old writer.

Who has plans to continue with her writing she’s currently working on two novels and plans to start a new blog very soon.

Lura Zerick: The press release I’m going to write.

When I start the television spot will be – ” Eighty-Six-Year-Old Starts New Career.”

Matthew Loomis: She’s even writing her own press releases.

I love it!

Lura Zerick: Yeah.

Well, I can do that very well.

Matthew Loomis: Yes you can.

Because if I saw that title I would probably click on it.

Lura Zerick: It might inspire others.

To say ” if she can do something like that so can I.”

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Who knows?

Matthew Loomis: Absolutely.

That’s what I’m hoping for.

I know a lot of listeners to The Blog Chronicles are either retired or getting closer to retirement.

The retirement blog niche is a growing niche and I see your blog fitting into that niche very well.

Lura Zerick: Yes.

The older group, as I said the later years they can be exciting.

And beneficial and exhilarating and bringing that priceless thing called – ” a sense of achievement.”

Matthew Loomis: Yes, very good.

Lura, thanks for coming on today and I wish you lot’s of success down the road.

And we’ll be keeping an eye out for your new blog.

Lura Zerick: Okay.

Thank you so much!

The Show Notes

Lura Zerick Email – lzerick@aol.com

Lura Zerick – Official Author Site

Lura Zerick – Amazon dot com – Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle

Channel 33 – The Ringer

WritersMarket – Where and How to Sell What You Write

Matthew Loomis – Build Your Own Blog

Ready To Start Your Own Blog? Get started now with the first step in this guide

Thank’s For Tuning Into This Episode of The Blog Chronicles.

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I’ll see you next time!

Author Bio:

Matthew Kaboomis Loomis is the owner of Build Your Own Blog. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

7 comments

  1. Clare Newbury   •  

    What an inspiring woman! I found the written transcript hard to follow because of the different colors and font sizes, but the spoken interview was great! It sounds as if Lura has had an interesting life, certainly worth writing about. So have I. My first – and so far only – book, “The Mushroom Circle, a Fairy Tale for Giants,” is somewhat autobiographical. The book I am presently working on is about the sometimes hilariously dysfunctional family I grew up in. If I live to be 86, I hope to have a few more books out there. And maybe a blog if I can come up with a niche and a name one of these days. I need to work on narrowing down my focus and picking one of the many possible names I have come up with. Thanks for all your wonderful help.

  2. Philip Verghese Ariel   •  

    Hi Matt,
    Yet another amazing interview in the series, I have been watching and listening these series, you ROCK Matt, really, amazing are the ways you deal with, different category people, now boy you have come out with a most matured one indeed! Lura is indeed an inspiring woman you brought into this episode.

    I am sure many of us can pick a lot of tips, lessons from this 86 year young lady! 🙂

    She is no doubt an inspiration to your readers.

    Oh my goodness, happy to know that she is a voracious reader even at this age! who spends more time on reading than writing. A great tip to make note of which lacks many of us!
    I really liked the sentence she expressed in this regard, and l love to quote it again.

    “…need to read more so than I need to eat.”

    That’s really amazing! Yes, Reading is the basic thing or key here.

    Hey, Matt you convinced Lura to start a blog of her own, that’s indeed a great initiative!
    Let’s hope that comes out soon with your help. All good wishes.
    Thanks Luara for sharing your amazing experience, and eagerly waiting for the New woman at the new well LOL.
    Keep coming. Keep writing.
    Have a great and healthy life ahead.
    ~Phil
    PS: Hey Matt your captcha at the comment box is giving trouble to post comment.
    Pl check

  3. Patti Smith   •  

    OH MY GOODNESS…WHAT AN INSPIRATION!! This just what the doctor ordered for me today! Listening to this often would be an understatement. Thanks so much, Matt for interviewing Lura.

  4. Harriet   •  

    I want to write really bad could you show me where to start.

  5. Mandy van Zyl   •  

    Hi Lura,
    What an inspiration you are to others. I really enjoyed this interview and hearing how you are inspiring people to never give up. It really makes one realise that age is not a big deal when you want to pursue your dreams.

    You can do absolutely anything that you set your mind to.

    Thanks so much.
    Love and kindness,
    Mandy

  6. Thomas   •  

    Amazing story. I learn some tips from it. The age will not prevent our wish. I will follow your tips: “Do not give up”. Thanks for sharing inspiration story.
    Thomas

  7. Cathy Wentz   •  

    Matt – This woman is totally inspirational to me! I’m 60, so about 26 years her senior. I just started my own blog and navigating the stresses of trying to get it noticed and the whole marketing thing. So this just spurs me on to believe that I can do it – I just need to be persistent and not give up.

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