Having made it to the 25th anniversary, I expected we'd make it to the 50th too. That dream ended shortly after anniversary 32. I then learned most of the people I know either were divorced or had someone close to them who also experienced divorce after two or more decades of marriage.
Hm. Wonder what's going on out there. And how on earth do you go about dating when you have grand kids old enough to date? Last time I dated I lived in a dorm room and went home to Mom when I needed some extra TLC.
After a decade of trial and error navigating divorcehood, I decided others who'd been through it needed a little encouragement. Asunder is not another self-help book. There are plenty of those around. Rather, Asunder is a fictional account of one woman's journey through the valley of divorce, which can sure feel like death, to the land of new life.
The book is not about me, though what I learned from divorce and re-marriage in my 50's and 60's was the inspiration to write it. After debating for several years whether or not to publish Asunder, I decided to try to get it published and promoted. This takes money. That's where you come in. If you think a story about marriage, divorce, and remarriage for older women is a story worth reading, I'd love to hear from you. I promise - it has a happy ending.
Risks and challenges
Though I've been writing professionally for 50 years, writing and publishing fiction is a new venture for me. I've previously published non-fiction, working with established publishing houses. Publishing via the self-publishing route is new. However, I've rounded up a number of supportive friends (some are even related to me) and attended a number of workshops and conferences to learn more.
I am optimistic that this book will do well enough to justify the costs associated with getting it out there and announcing its arrival to the world.
Life is one long learning curve from cradle to coffin. I'm confident I can learn what I need to know or meet some one who has the knowledge I lack.
The book is complete and ready to go. I've added a section of discussion questions for use in study groups or book clubs. I've also included some thoughts on what the Bible really says about marriage and divorce since many have been unfairly further challenged by unhelpful and even inaccurate teaching based on Bible passages. I've also included some observations about changing attitudes towards love, marriage and the uncoupling of the carriage through the ages.
I think Ellie's struggles to recover from not one, but two divorces after she became a grandmother several times over will be a source of encouragement for other older women who never thought they'd be eligible to check off the "Divorced" box on forms.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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