Hi There!

Welcome to my website!  I invite you to follow my journal and join me on my journey!

A Reader.

I’ve always been an avid reader of fiction.  When I was growing up, and before I became a young mother, I loved to curl up with a good book and get lost in the pages.

But, then grown-up life happened.  For many years, I was busy raising my children, dealing with the demands of  a young marriage, a divorce, re-marriage, going back to college part-time while working full-time – all the “stuff of life.”  I just didn’t have much time to read for pleasure.  Exhausted, I’d climb into bed at night, excited to dive into a juicy new novel, and I’d never make it past two lines of text before falling asleep!

When I finally became an “empty-nester,” and subsequently finished up my Bachelor’s degree, I finally started reading fiction again on a regular basis.  I read a lot of really good fiction!  I read best sellers, new authors, several popular series’, and every book written by a few specific authors.  I realized then just how much I had missed reading for pleasure all those years, and I vowed to always be reading a novel at any given time going forward – always.

A Writer?  Who, me?

Over the years, I often found myself longing for more female characters whom I could relate to.  I was looking for stories about women “of MY time” who were dealing with all of the things that the women I know – women who are near my age (I’m 50 “something”, by the way!) at this very point in time – are also dealing with.  I wanted some characters who grew up when I did (the 60’s and 70’s) and had the same frames of reference as me.  I would imagine detailed stories that could be written about such women, but keep them inside my head.  It got weird sometimes!

I started to think about what it would be like to be a writer.  Could I write a novel?  When I was a teenager, I wrote stories and poems, but I rarely shared them with anyone, afraid that others would think them silly!

A Journey.

And then, a couple of years ago I started to REALLY contemplate what the next phase of my own life – my “Second-Act” – was going to look like.  Deep down, I had known for some time that I really wanted to write a novel…some day.  It was a kind of “bucket list” item.  And now, there was finally a cohesive story – a woman’s “coming-of-middle-age-story” – rolling around inside of me.  I wrote the synopsis in about a day, and when I read it to my husband, he said, “Wow – you just thought that whole thing up?”

The time had come for me to write it!  And so, I’m happy to say that I’m now working on the first draft of my first novel – because hey, I CAN!  Along with that, I decided to create this website and try my hand at blogging, creating content, and sharing on social media.

Hang on!  My journey as a “second-act” writer has just begun!  Imagine the places I could go!  Anyhooo….I hope you’ll follow along, because journeys are always more fun with companions along for the ride!

Melissa Gruin