Hope springs eternal for budding authors with the news that 82-year-old Myrrha Stanford-Smith has just signed a three-book deal with her first novel, The Great Lie, about a swashbuckling Shakespearean era hero, appearing in bookshops this week.
As grandmother Myrrha said: “I was gobsmacked.”
No doubt a similar reaction was felt by 92-year-old Diana Athill when she too became a three-book author after passing the age of 80 – and is still going strong from her retirement home abode.
And the moral of this tale: keep writing – one day, some day, someone might give you a three-book deal. Me, I’d be happy with any deal.