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Hello and yes I love writing even though by trade I am a Nurse (retired at present).  And this is my story:  

   I have always loved to write since I was 5 years old.  One night my mother called me to come in and go to bed from playing outdoors.  It was still light out and I was angry.  The last thing she said to me was not to forget to say my prayers (the “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep”one). Well I was really mad so I did not say that prayer.  Instead I made up my own prayer which I still remember to this day.  From then on I wrote a lot of poetry---about my friends, about dating and romance and other earthly happenings.  In high school I became the editor of our high school paper. When it was time for college I wanted to go into Journalism; however it was known then that for women it was a hard career to get into and I was advised to choose a different occupation----like teaching, or secretarial or nursing.  So I flipped open the college catalogue and it opened up to the Nursing Major.  It was at that moment that I chose Nursing. Little did I know it was the perfect choice for me. While in Nursing school I wrote all kinds of things—some required by my courses but I also began to write articles for Nursing journals and became the editor of a Nursing Newsletter. And again I wrote poems about the college and nursing life. Then after being married and having children I wrote poetry about my family.  I would always get the urge to write something. I had several types of jobs in Nursing and I loved every one of them.  Then one day I noticed a small ad in the local newspaper about a position as a Nurse/Writer at a long term care company headquarters. I carried that ad around for a few days and wondered if I should apply. Something told me to---yes go and apply---it was like it was meant for me---being and nurse and writing also.  I almost did not believe there was such a thing. So I did apply and thankfully was hired for what I called my “dream job”---both nursing and writing.  It was the first time that particular company had ever hired someone for that type of position.  I even ended up writing my own job description. I had that job for 15 years until I retired and loved every minute of it.  I even missed it when I was on vacation! However, the best thing that happened is that I was enlisted as others were once in while, to give devotions each morning. I ended up doing that and one day after my devotion a co-worker said to me “You should write a book.”  I laughed at that notion however that night I thought---well maybe I would try it even though I had never attempted that. So in 2000 I wrote my first book titled “I Thought There Was aRoad There….and Other Lessons in Life  From God”,a non-fiction collection of short stories and I gave the profits to the company.  That got me hooked on writing once again and now in my retirement I wrote my second book---“Separated Lives” a true story about the search for a friends birthparents which was a fascinating and interesting journey. I cannot believe that God did not mean this for me.  I may have had to wait some years for this to happen however, it finally did and it meant so much to me. I may not be a famous writer or a rich one---but I am a happy one that did what I always wanted to do—write!!!

                                                              Lynn Assimacopoulos

 

Following is information about my current book:

 

  SEPARATED LIVES, a new book by Lynn Assimacopoulos 

 

A REAL LIFE DETECTIVE STORY BEGINS WHEN THE AUTHOR STARTS HELPING HER SONS FRIEND FIND HIS BIRTHPARENTS

 

   After discovering my son’s friend Ryan, is searching for his birthparents, I consent to help, however cannot promise success. Using my adventures in genealogy, I delve through phone books, write letters and search everything from the local library to the National Archives in Washington, D. C. Feeling somewhat defeated by the lack of information to go on, suddenly a random search on an internet search engine for Ryan’s birthmother’s name yields a surprising photograph of a possible family. Could this be the first of several leads in this journey?

   I am a retired Registered Nurse who has been writing since I was eight years old. I have written for professional Nursing journals and continue to write poetry and short stories. My book is a mysterious true story about beginning a fascinating but uncertain and sometimes tearful journey with unexpected twists and turns in many directions. Readers’ comments about my book have been that it is “highly engaging”, “an emotional roller coaster” and “reads like a private diary” as well as it “captures the reader.”

 

It is available from the following:

 

               Dorrance Publishing, Inc. (in Pittsburgh, PA)

 

               Barnes & Noble 

 

               Amazon                                 

                                       (ISBN: 978-1-4809-1247-2)

                   

 

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I don't know if this is still an active conversation, I just joined AARP. I'd love to be included if there is any conversation of authors out here.

I'm published with 15 books both traditionally and indie. Lately, staying with indie. I like the fit for me better because I like to write what I want, which is clean romantic suspense, western historical romance, and young adult adventure with light romance. I write contemporary, historical, futuristic and fantasy, so I'm all over but it works for me.

I'd love to share ideas. I'm also awful at promotion. My author name is Alysia S Knight.

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I guess I am not clever enough to know how to cancel this reply.

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Hi there,

I had two books published by a proper publishing company when I was living in England. When I came back to the states I continued writing and have indie published 3 books. One is non-fiction on Victorian travellers to Egypt and the changes that have taken place in that country since. The other two books are gentle mysteries, of course with a murder or two. I am working on my third mystery now. I do it for the love of writing, of course I would love the money to go with it, but I don't see that happening as I don't know a thing about promotion. Writing groups are good if you're in one that writes the same genre. It keeps you writing.

The thing that is good about self-publishing is anyone can do it. The thing that is bad about self-publishing is anyone can do it.

I am on Amazon under Christina Harris 

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Hello....I have several stories (shorts) started; however during the last couple years began writing some small books about a town mouse...yes; a town mouse.  Have self-published and had printed by a local print shop...have sold a couple at a local specialty shop...gave some to family members to get a reaction.  Actually a friend's young grandson who was learning to read, found that he loved them so much that he carries them with him everywhere and encouraged his reading.  ....so I guess my little stories are good afterall. So far each are continuing 'tales' of the first book....Thinking of combining them into one.  

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   I am a retired Registered Nurse who spent more than 35 years working in various areas of Nursing. In 2005 at the age of 66 my 71 year old husband’s health was deteriorating and I had to retire to care for him 24 hours a day. During that time I questioned as to what I could still do as I also was getting older and at home all the time. The answer came to me rather quickly as I thought about what hobby I had enjoyed since I was 8 years old. It was writing. For years I had written poetry and stories just for fun, in school, in college and in my adult life for Nursing Journals. Eventually in 2000 when I was in my 60s I had actually written a devotional book called “I Thought There Was a Road There…..”.  Several years later my husband passed away and I also began to have some health problems. I now could not do many physical activities at that point; however, I could still write and since then I have written and published another non-fiction book called “Separated Lives”.  I would urge interested senior citizens to explore this opportunity. This was a Godsend to me as I explored and truly enjoyed this path!

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I am a non-fiction author. I've been a freelance writer for more than twenty years and I've been published in newspapers, magazines, and websites. I have also published one book so far, Home Should Be Safe: Hope and Help for Domestic Violence Victims. I'm working on my second book, Roadmap to Healing, which details my struggle to find wholeness after my divorce. I found that healing and deliverance through Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. 

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My biggest challenge is marketing but if we want readers to acknowledge us we need to promote ourselves as well as our work. I joined a group on fb that supports indie authors and they have given me the support and help I needed. We as authors and writers must never give up.

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So true just sit down and write what comes to you. authors should write what they want not what others want. Your writing should come from your heart. I'm a published author of childrens picture books. My first book is titled Giggle A Little Giggle and being published now is Gabby For President and currently working on a third untitled for now.

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Where Writers Win is a terrific website.  My publisher told me about it. Some of it you have to pay for, some not. But it has been a help when there is so much stuff out there that is no help at all. Good luck!

Nancy Nau Sullivan, Author, THE LAST CADILLAC: A MEMOIR
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