Middletown, CT – They say you’re never too old to start, but once you’ve started, there’s no reason to stop.
At 90 years old, Mary Verdick is the author of romance suspense novels for women, all written within the last 10 years. Her books Indian Time, Don’t Let the Good Life Pass You By, Maybe This Time, As Long As He Needs Me, That Certain Summer, and her most recent novel, Another Time, Another Place, are available online and at bookstores across the country.
“I don’t think that’s incredible at all,” laughs Verdick. “As long as there’s a book to write, there’s a reason to keep writing.”
A former teacher, Verdick served as editor for the Weekly Reader for 16 years, where she authored a series of acclaimed young adult novels, Pal Paperbacks, which can still be found in many school libraries.
“Writing for children is a unique skill. Not everyone can do that,” explains Verdick. “But writing for adults, you can explore ideas with more depth. But I never sat down and thought, ‘I’m going to write a woman’s romance suspense novel filled with intrigue.’ That’s just the way they turn out."
This April, Verdick published her latest novel, entitled Another Time, Another Place, a tale of two women and two love affairs two generations apart, eerily similar in hopes and intensity.
“I think it’s something you’re born with, a desire to write,” says Verdick. “I can immerse myself in the characters and the story. It’s a cathartic experience.”
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