M.K. Eddleman

Biography

M.K. Eddleman is a mother-daughter team who collaborated on No Need to Wait. The M stands for Martha, mother, “maybe,” mercurial, masterful, and many more M words that I can’t think of right now. K stands for Katherine (Katie), kid, kind, knowledgeable, knowing, klever, and kute (get over it, spell check – so, maybe I should have named her Catherine). Anyway, we wrote the book via email, as I live in Livermore, California, and Katie lives in Tucson, Arizona. I’d write a chapter, Katie would add, subtract, embellish, or suggest how to change or improve, and then send the chapter back. This was not always easy for her as she is a full-time middle school science teacher, a mother of two teens and wife. I, on the other hand, am retired and was able to write an hour or two every day. The back and forth took us a year, but we had great fun doing it.

Katie has often asked, “How many times do I have to reinvent myself?” She agrees the answer for all of us is, “As many times as necessary.” Katie majored in Drama in college. That and $3.95 buys a latte, so she went back to college to earn a M.Ed in education and has taught elementary and middle school math and science. She then decided Science was a passion so earned a M.S. at University of Arizona. All the while, she has collaborated with me on various books. We wrote a children’s book that went nowhere and took a stab at a couple of novels. With the advent of self-publishing, we suddenly had new hope and got serious. We embraced our title’s concept, No Need to Wait, and plunged into writing.

My path to “As many times as necessary” was not too different. I was a teen of the 50s, so I went to college to earn a Mrs. degree. At the time, the fields open to women were teaching and airline stewardess. I chose teaching, but really marriage was the only acceptable option. So I married a career military man and spent 22 years as a military wife. The next 20 years were devoted to teaching English and Social Sciences at the high school level. Loved the new identity. I wasn’t someone’s wife, someone’s mother, I was me. Cancer stopped the career, and retirement took over. What to do? I became a dilettante in the arts – painting, sculpture and writing.

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Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
We love the times when we're "in the zone" - Time disappears, words flow, and ideas abound. Writing can be magical. Conversely, we dread the moments when no words work and no ideas seem plausible. Yet, the whole process is fulfilling and feeds the creative juices.
what is the story behind your book
At 78 and 53, we were tired of all books and films depicting older people in alzheimer crisis situations. We had lived it with my husband/my father, but we didn't want to read about it or relive it. We wanted to write a book celebrating the joys of aging. We embraced the idea and thought a mystery would move the story forward. The challenge began: a constant cycle of write, add and suggest, rewrite. Back and forth we went for a year and a half. One friend cautioned us, "Don't include stories that I could get if I talked to my grandmother." That eliminated a third of the book. We kept our focus and ended up with a cozy mystery that we hope will also make the reader smile.
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Books

No Need to Wait
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,220. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Best friends and recently widowed, Nina Waite and Elizabeth Shepherd start a promising new chapter in their lives by moving into the upscale Cross Creek Retirement Community. From the moment they move in, they are delighted with their decision. But, there is a dark side. Strange mysteries will have you itching for answers. Ride along with Nina and friends as they solve this captivating mystery.

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