Diane Covington-Carter calls herself a "late-bloomer baby-boomer" since she has accomplished so many interesting things when most people are considered "over the hill."
In her late forties, she bought a run down apple farm in the foothills of the Sierras and took on restoring it and taking care of it, all on her own.
At age fifty, she moved to France for eight months to do her "Junior Year Abroad Thirty Years Late" and had a fabulous time.
At sixty she fell in love with the man of her dreams, and they now live together on the apple farm and also in New Zealand, when they are not traveling around the world to other exotic and interesting places.
She has published three books, with more on the way and is a very active travel writer. She is a great believer in the power of clearing out the past so that you can create a magical life, and her life is a testament to that belief.
If you have dreams that you have put on the back burner and are ready to dust them off, send her an email at her website, www.dianecovingtoncarter.com.
It is never too late to bloom. It is never too late to fly.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was working for a small town newspaper and on my first day, had the good fortune to interview the 'Peace Pilgrim' who was walking through our town. She had been walking for 25 years with only the clothes on her back, to promote peace. She relied on people's generosity for food and shelter. I was so inspired. That first job got me hooked on getting published so I later became a freelance journalist. My first story as a freelancer was "Touching the Heart of D-Day" about how my father's stories about World War II had shaped and influenced my life. I wrote it after my father had died, in his honor, for the 50th anniversary of D-Day. That story led me to finding my father's French orphan, Gilbert, who Dad had tried to adopt and bring home from the war. That story is told in my memoir, Finding Gilbert, A Promise Fulfilled, which will be released soon. Please send me a message if you'd like to be notified of when it will be released. It is based on a Reader's Digest story I wrote in 2009 called "Finding Gilbert" which was voted their #1 must read for months on their website. The story is about the enduring power of love. If you google Reader's Digest and put in "Finding Gilbert" it will come up.
What is your writing process?
When I am working on a book, I work at least twenty hours a week on it. I like to first write long-hand in a beautiful journal, with a fountain pen. I find that movement of pen on paper really helps me with the creative process. Once the book is all entered into the computer, then it becomes thousands of hours to polish and edit down to the best story possible. When I feel the book is ready, then I pay editors to read it and also ask friends and family to read it. It's amazing how errors can still show up, even with all those eyes looking for them. I once received a bad review to "Eight Months in Provence, A Junior Year Abroad Thirty Years Late," accusing me of not having edited it at all, and it upset me so much that I commented back about it. That person had no idea how hard I had tried, with a team of others, to find all the typos and errors.