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I came to writing late in life after more than a decade as a professional fundraiser. I thought my dream of becoming a writer had been buried, but the older I got the more it screamed for air—it was like a scene from a zombie movie.
In the spring of 2012 I read a powerful book about the search for vocation called Following the Path. Author Joan Chittister writes, "Our unfinished selves never stop calling to us. The feeling of being in the wrong place gets so strong it can be painful." Without knowing me at all, she described exactly where I was at. There was no denying it any longer. At the age of 41, I upgraded writing from hobby to vocation, and entered into this hard calling.