Barbara Fretz enjoys writing both fiction and non-fiction, although, her preferred genre is creative non-fiction. She draws ideas from her childhood as a Mennonite girl in the 1960s in rural Ontario, Canada to her many years living in Southeast Asia and Australia. In 2012 she self-published an anthology of short stories based on her life growing up on a rabbit farm called “Tails from Bunnyview.” In 2003 her original screenplay won a New Screenwriters of Western Australia development grant. When she’s not writing, she watches the native birds playing in the giant eucalyptus trees from her office window in regional Western Australia.
This survival guide about long term unemployment after 50 years of age is a funny frolic into a serious societal problem. Having survived several years of unemployment, the author shares her experiences. She explores topics of job-hunting, creating a meaningful life, structuring your day, keeping your mood elevated, dealing with vices and addictions, starting a business, and getting retrained.