In Wikipedia, the definition of a late bloomer is: a person

Published author at age 65

Published author at age 65

whose talents or capabilities are not visible to others until later than usual. The term is also used to describe a child or an adolescent who develops at a slower pace than others in the same age group. Personally, I like to think of a late bloomer as someone who has a second act in their life journey. I didn’t start considering publishing my fiction until I was in my mid-fifties. My goal was to share my stories with as many people as possible. Why? Simply because I believed people would enjoy a fast-paced suspenseful story with interesting characters. The important lesson I learned is: I have a passion, a new purpose, and something to keep me active in my senior years. Who do you personally know that is a late bloomer? You can probably think of at least one person, right? Below is a list of public figures considered late bloomers:
Acting: Judd Hirsch, 36 Comedy: Rodney Dangerfield, 42 Art: Grandma Moses, 80
Published Authors: Alex Haley, 55 Laura Ingalls Wilder, 65 Frank McCourt, 66
Television, Food and Lifestyle: Martha Stewart, 41 Julia Child, 49
Sports: NFL quarterback Kurt Warner, 28 Boxer Rocky Marciano, 25
Business and Politics: Colonel Sanders, 65 Ronald Reagan, state governor, 55
Do you have a second act in mind? Is there something you have always wanted to do, but a stumbling block stopped you from fulfilling your passion? I have a quote on my desk from a guy named T.X. Jones, no idea who this dude is, but I like his quote: Do whatever your heart leads you to do — but do it!


About Susan MIlls Wilson

Susan Mills Wilson is a native of North Carolina where she writes romantic suspense. She is the leader of the Charlotte Writers Club Mystery Critique Group and a member of Charlotte Writers Club. Subscribe to Susan’s blog at
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