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Suzanne Mays

Location: United States

Gender: F

Member Since: March 2020

Last online: September 2022

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I loved to read as a kid - "Nancy Drew" "Hardy Boys" and about ten I thought I could do that - write stories and have them be books. My parents grew up in the Depression and any kind of education had to have a job at the end of it. So I went to nursing school and was a nurse for thirty-five years. I never wrtote anything but I never forgot my dream. As the years went by, I thought since I never had, I never would. Then two things happened.

A friend died and I went to her funeral. We graduated high school together and she was a pretty girl in life, but in death her body was very dead inside the coffin. I got hot, the funeral home was packed, and I got outside to the cold night air and took a deep breath. And it came inside me that if there was anything I wanted to do in this life I'd better do it.

The second thing that happened was my sister-in-law had short stories published in magazines. She's a speech therapist who'd written all these stories. "I wanted to be a writer once," I told her, "but I never wrote anything I wanted to read."

She just looked at me, "You learn to be a writer: There's all sorts of courses and places to show you."

So at forty-seven I started community college. English 101 on a Saturday morning - the professor looked fourteen. He had a long brown poney tail. He stood at the front of the class and said, "We're going to learn English by writing stories." Then he said, "I'm excited!" You can't imgine how excited iI was.

My one published novel - "The Man Inside the Mountain" -  was published in 2010.

I was on another short story writing site and it was so much fun. Now, I look forward to Booksie.


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