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AofA People: Sue Clark

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Sue Clark is retired and enjoys writing fiction.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

Oxfordshire

AGE?

71

TELL US WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE YOUR AGE?

Mostly good. I’ve just enjoyed two major positive milestones: my first grandchild and my first novel being published. But the joints still ache and the wrinkles still multiply.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE NOW THAT YOU DIDN’T HAVE AT 25?

Patience and a little more tact.

WHAT ABOUT SEX?

Closeness is more important.

AND RELATIONSHIPS?

Friendships are vital. Not just sharing with old friends but making new, young ones and spending time with them.

HOW FREE DO YOU FEEL?

Free to use my time more as I wish but not free in that family responsibilities remain, even with a grownup family.

WHAT ARE YOU PROUD OF?

That my children are sociable, kind, funny and independent of thought. And that my comic novel Note to Boy is to be published by Unbound.

WHAT KEEPS YOU INSPIRED?

Life is inspiring every day. I find a lively sense of humour keeps me going through any dark times.

WHEN ARE YOU HAPPIEST?

Eating and drinking with family and friends, walking in the countryside.

AND WHERE DOES YOUR CREATIVITY GO?

Into reading and writing and dreaming.

WHAT’S YOUR PHILOSOPHY OF LIVING?

Stop faffing and get on with it.

AND DYING?

I’m happy to make room for the next generations. Only let it be pain-free.

ARE YOU STILL DREAMING?

Of course. With one book on its way to publication, I’m writing my next.

WHAT WAS A RECENT OUTRAGEOUS ACTION OF YOURS?

Being brave enough to send my book – my baby – out into the cruel world.

Note to Boy is fundraising on Unbound. You can contribute here. https://unbound.com/books/note-to-boy/

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