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June 25, 2008 - Diane Speer
Random people, while just making pleasant conversation about my job, will ask me from time to time if I plan to write a book when I retire — which is not anytime soon. My answer has always been an unequivocal “No!” It sounds too much like work. I’m not that good and I’m not that kind of writer. And I’ve always thought that when my time is finally my own to spend as I like, then I would choose activities far different from what I currently do for a living — namely writing.

Doing more community service, gardening, reading, traveling, spending more time with my family and friends all are activities that are high on my list of how to spend those retirement years. But now, after having just interviewed three local people who recently wrote and published books, I might have to rethink that “no” word I automatically utter in response to queries about a future book.

Peg Herring of Onaway, James Kelly of Harrisville and Rita Stevens of Alpena all took different tracks and had different reasons for wanting to write a book (see their individual stories and photos on this Saturday’s Lifestyles page). I have to admit I admire what each of them has done. It is Stevens though, who peaked my interest the most because her plan in putting together “Full Circle” was to leave something of her memories, her art and her photography behind for her family and future generations to enjoy. I like that idea a lot, and IF (big “if” here!) I ever were to go the book writing/publishing route, I’m pretty sure this is the direction I would head. It would strictly be for the eyes of my family and not the reading public.

So, don’t look for any novels out in print by Diane Speer anytime soon or even well into the future! But do read about the successful written fruits of three accomplished area residents who turned their dreams into reality.


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