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Guest blog & contest with ER Beecher

I spent my life doing what most people do.  I did what I needed to do: I went to work everyday, supported my family, didn’t have much time for hobbies, went to church every Sunday, etc.  I was divorced in 1992 and continued to work hard and shared the support of my kids.  At a certain point, when my kids were getting older I decided it was time for me to start doing things that nourished my soul.  Since I was a child I’d always wanted to be a movie actor, so in around 1993 I signed up for classes to teach me how to audition successfully, while I did the 9 to 5.  In 1997 I had my headshots taken and began to look for agency representation.  That came quickly.  In Chicago in those days an actor could have multiple agents.  Within a month I had five agents and I began auditioning almost immediately.  I spent the next two and a half years making commercials, industrials, indie films, stunt driving, etc.  I had a blast, but the times between gigs were sometimes scary as I had a daughter in college and 2 more coming up behind her in a couple years.  So, back to work, the 9 to 5.  After five more years, the kids had all finished college, the restlessness set in again.  I quit my job to get my culinary degree.  Nice idea, but three years after being awarded my degree it became clear that for me it hadn’t been a practical idea.  I needed to get back to the financial industry.  Over two years during that time I wrote a novel – Casco – and self published it in 2011.  Now I’m retired and marketing Casco which has become a job in itself.  I’m writing too.  It’s interesting and another really new thing for me to be doing.  I’m making all kinds of contacts with some interesting people, and some famous people too.  I’m putting myself out there.  Who knows where all of this will lead?

My point is that one’s life doesn’t need to be a straight line from point A to point B.  Mine certainly hasn’t been.  I haven’t reached a high pinnacle of financial success but I’ve had so much fun!  It is possible and I think necessary for all of us to re-invent ourselves several times within our lifetimes.  There’s no reason not to.  It’s funny, the people that I’m closest to, especially my grown kids, aren’t sure what to think about me anymore.  I’m not sure they take what I’m doing seriously.  But then, nobody took Tom Williams seriously until he became Tennessee Williams.


You can learn more about me at my author page on Facebook. I’m on Twitter. My website is under construction; I’ll announce the address on Facebook and Twitter.

Get a chance to win a copy of Casco in eBook format.  Leave a comment along with your email address to be entered.

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MamaKitty is a mother to a beautiful little girl, wife to her own real life hero, a registered radiographic technologist, student, book reviewer, and author of contemporary romance (as Paige Prince). She hates to be bored, loves a good book, and can usually be found on Twitter or Facebook.

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