#170: Her Reinvention as a Writer Happened at 63 (Stephanie Raffelock)
June 9 2022
For Stephanie Raffelock, reinvention runs in the family. After her parents divorced when she was four, she watched her mother constantly reinvent herself as a single woman in the ‘50s, moving across the country every year. At just 17, Raffelock dropped out of school and moved to LA, where the drug-laden culture of the ‘60s and ‘70s led to self-medicating and homelessness. A passion for writing inspired her reinvention and she became a college freshman at 35. But life intervened and it would be three decades before she wrote her first book. In her conversation with CoveyClub founder, Lesley Jane Seymour, Raffelock explains how it’s never too late to reinvent–she attended a Buddhist college, interviewed luminaries such as Allen Ginsberg, and ultimately began her publishing career at 63.
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Stephanie Raffelock is the author of Creatrix Rising, Unlocking the Power of Midlife Women. (She Writes Press in August, 2021). She also penned the award winning, bestseller, A Delightful Little Book on Aging. A graduate of Naropa University’s program in Writing and Poetics, Stephanie was a contributor to The Rogue Valley Messenger, in Oregon. She’s blogged for Nexus Magazine, Omaha Lifestyles, Care2.com as well as SixtyandMe.com.
Books by Raffelock:
A Delightful Little Book on Aging on Amazon
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