Author’s Note – Life’s Not Over Yet

Here’s how I got the idea to write ‘Life’s Not Over Yet’.

I decided to take a break from work once my daughter was born. It was supposed to be a two or three-year break but somehow turned out to be more than that. I started thinking about my life, people I have met over the years, places I have been to and life’s many surprises.

There was one such person that I kept thinking about, a woman in her mid-sixties or early seventies hiking in Svalbard, Norway. I always wanted to see Northern Lights so we booked a flight to Svalbard. I did not get to see the Northern Lights as we went at the wrong time but the trip was worth it as  Svalbard is a beautiful, quiet place. Once, while hiking, we stopped as we were tired and started taking pictures, when I saw her I could not believe that at that age she had more stamina than us considering we were half her age. We talked with her for a while before she continued her hike.

There was another time when we took a train ride from Oslo to Bergen in Norway. We met a group of elderly  women who were going together on a trip. They were so active and full of life. I always thought, after a certain age you retire and stay at home as by that time your health is not at its best. But seeing these women changed my perception of life. Everything is in your hands, if you take care of your health, it will take care of your life.

Apart from thinking about my past, I was also struggling with what I wanted to do with my life. For as long as I can remember, my life would invariably change every five to six years, whether it was moving to a new place or a different job. My life kept changing and without realizing it, I had come to love it. Now my life was moving at a slow pace, not going anywhere as if the kind of life I wanted was over. My family suggested that I write a book to get my mind of off it. I was getting restless when I thought about those active women from Norway and the idea for ‘Life’s Not Over Yet’ came to me. Then in three weeks’ time I had written my first Romance Novella. My life has changed again, hopefully bringing with it,  new adventures for the next five or six years, maybe more, we will just have to wait and see.