I am often asked what my secret is — at the age of 92 I am writing my fourth novel and fifth book (up at 5 am). Post Hill Press will soon publish a series of three novels I wrote in my 80s. The first of the trilogy, The Hat, won first prize in historical fiction from the Texas Authors Association and has been optioned for a movie.
The answer lies in the overwhelming preponderance of youth in television shows, movies, on magazine covers and advertisements for everything from toilet paper to glorious vacations — not to mention the billion-dollar surgical and cosmetic industry. Society’s message is loud and clear: youth has value but life is basically over in old age. It teaches us to fear aging and permeates the very air we breathe.