A Childhood Dream Realised

It has been about a year since a comment from a former coworker changed the direction of my retirement, and of my perception of 2020.

It was a week before a planned retirement from a job in the healthcare field. I was healthy and active and I looked forward to a retirement filled with friends and social events. At a work holiday party my coworker Jenn remarked that I should start something on my bucket list. Without thinking, I immediately replied that I would write a novel. My response surprised me, because although I was interested in writing as an adolescent and had considered studying writing or journalism in college, I opted to study nursing instead. I started thinking about my response, and that it was so quick and definitive. I hadn’t realized that writing a novel was on my bucket list, and I wondered whether I really could write one. I streamed a few online writing courses in January and February 2020. In early March I decided I would spend the remaining months of 2020 trying to write a novel. I surmised that a trial of nine months was sufficient to see if I had a chance at success.

Then came COVID, and in the area of the United States where I live, a quarantine. Nearly all of our social activities were canceled. I started writing a novel. It was a scary process initially. I wondered how I could develop characters, how I could put the pieces together to construct a cohesive plot. Bits and pieces came to me, often at night when I should have been sleeping. I wrote for a few hours every day. I told no one I was doing this—not even our children or my close friends. My husband was the only person who knew.

The parts of the novel came together like a puzzle. My characters had a few surprises of their own. One of my characters knew about his wife’s secret—although I hadn’t planned that to happen. I finished the first draft at the end of May, ten weeks after I started. My book still had no title. Minutes after I finished the last words of the book, I practiced yoga. At the end of the exercise, as I was resting my body and my mind was clear, the title of the book came to me. I stood from my yoga mat and changed the title of my manuscript from “Book Draft” to “Beneath A Blanket Of Snow”.

I contacted a friend who is a writer, and he agreed to read my manuscript. I was thrilled that he thought it was well-written and worthy of publishing. It was at that point that I dared to think I was a writer. I told family and friends, who were very supportive. I decided to self-publish because I wanted to get my story out to the world. I didn’t want to spend time contacting agents and waiting for their responses. I didn’t plan to spend my retirement that way. After editing and formatting, I released “Beneath A Blanket Of Snow” in July 2020.

The response to my novel has been better than I ever expected. My readers love the story of four affluent couples who have their own struggles—and their own secrets—just like others in society. I am currently working on my second novel, and hope to self-publish it in the spring of 2021. I started it on the first of November during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which is a challenge to write at least 50,000 words during November. I met the challenge. The biggest obstacle has been getting recognition for my name and my book. Authors are often advised to start publicizing their book a year or more before it is released.

But I didn’t plan to write a novel a year before it was released. It shouldn’t be a surprise that I became an author after retirement. After all, I consider myself a late bloomer. I started riding a bicycle for recreation in my 50s. I often ride 20 or more miles at a time. My husband and I often ride with other seniors. I also started taking piano lessons and playing Mah Jongg in my 50s. I wonder what I will accomplish during the remainder of my 60s and beyond.

As vaccination for COVID is imminent, I am thankful my family is healthy, although I miss hugging my children and grandchildren. While our social activities have been curtailed or adapted as online gatherings, most people consider 2020 a wasted year, and think of the canceled vacations and what could have been. But I focus on what I have accomplished. It was the year I wrote and published my first book. I realized a dream from my childhood. I became an author.

HERE’S A PREVIEW OF MY BOOK FROM KINDLE CLOUD READER:



I’m Arlene Lomazoff-Marron. In December 2019, about a week before I retired from a job in the healthcare field, a coworker commented that I should do something from my bucket list. I immediately replied that I would write a novel. I wondered why I had replied so quickly and with such conviction, as I hadn’t thought about writing a book since my adolescence. I took a few writing courses in high school and considered college and a career in writing, but decided to go to nursing school instead. I didn’t realize writing a novel was on my bucket list. I planned to try my hand at writing a novel from March through December 2020, but when COVID-19 kept me indoors, I started writing every day. Beneath A Blanket Of Snow is my first novel. I wrote it in ten weeks. I am hard at work on my second novel. I live in the U.S., in Pennsylvania with my husband Gerry.



Hey, finished reading? Let’s listen about her journey as a writer, from the ‘lady’ herself. Check-out her tweet below.

I was honored to be a guest on World Talents. I hope my journey to a published author can inspire others! #Writerscommunity #WritingCommunity #Writerslife #WednesdayMotivation #wednesdaymorning #Booktube #authors #IARTG #bookstagram #BookBoost #Writer

Originally tweeted by Arlene Lomazoff-Marron: fiction author (@marron_arlene) on October 21, 2020.

2 comments

    1. We Uncut wishes you a healthy and happy new year!

      The year 2020 was riddled with unprecedented challenges and unexpected opportunities. The ongoing pandemic altered our lives in many ways and made us realize the value of our family & friends and so much that we have taken for granted in the past. With the year ending, it is time to step back, reflect and be grateful for our numerous blessings 🙂

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