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Writing Old Young – Marian Allen

Today I’m thrilled to introduce you to Marian Allen,  special guest and writer.

For as long as Marian Allen can remember, she’s loved telling and being told stories. She enjoys connecting and reconnecting with people, meeting new friends and keeping in touch with the friends she already has.

Her writing reflects this love of network. No one exists in total isolation, but in a web of connections to family, friends, colleagues, self at former stages of maturity, perceptions and self-images. Most of her work is fantasy, science fiction and/or mystery, though she writes horror, humor, romance, mainstream or anything else that suits the story and character.

Professionally, she’s a member of Southern Indiana Writers, Writing and Promotion (WRaP), and Green River Writers.

In this blog post she wants to tell you more about her novel EEL’S REVERENCE.

Could I please ask your special attention for the wonderful initiative in p.s. she has decided upon. Thank you kindly.

When I began my sf/fantasy novel, EEL’S REVERENCE, which has an 82-year-old protagonist, I was 42. Why did I make my protagonist so much older than I?

I think it was because I had so many older people in my life — my grandfather and his twin aunts were all 82 at that time, and my grandmother wasn’t far behind them. Aunt Libby, the main character in EEL’S REVERENCE, was partly based on one of those aunts, Aunt Ruth.

Aunt Ruth had strength and diplomacy: she didn’t shy away from going toe-to-toe with power and she’d look anybody in the eye and assert her value; she would also choose her words and actions carefully to guard the fragile egos of the young and insecure.

The greatest gift my older relatives and friends gave me, and the reason I’ve always loved to write older people, is that the second word is more important than the first. PEOPLE, not OLDER. Aunt Libby gets tired and shaky, she’s more indulgent of weakness than the younger characters and much less easy to fool than most people expect her to be. Yes, her years have changed her in various ways, but her essence is the same. Inside, she’s a child, an adolescent, a young adult, a mature adult and an old woman: the same person–the same PEOPLE–she’s been throughout her life.
The older I get, the more I realize I got it right. That pleases me no end.

Marian Allen

p.s. One of my fellow authors, D. M. Anderson, author of the young adult novel KILLER COWS, is in the hospital. I’ve pledged my royalties through Christmas to him. I hope you’ll consider spending $2.99 for EEL’S REVERENCE, half of which will go to Dave.

To read more about EEL’S REVERENCE, including the first chapter, and for ordering information, click here.