• Work shoes or barefoot on the beach?

    Is part-time work a good idea?

    Getting a balance between work and play becomes more important as we reach midlife. We value our time more and might want to pursue new interests. Some decide to go from full-time to part-time work as a stepping stone to retirement In my latest novel, The Long Marriage, Roger is thrown out of a high- powered job at 60 and is all at sea – he has no clue what he wants to do. His immediate reaction is to get back into insurance where he was before and his attempts prove unsuccessful forcing him to re-think.To To go straight from a busy full-time job into retirement can be a bit…

  • When do you want to retire?

    When’s the right time to retire?

    Do you dream of retiring and having an easy life, or do you want to just keep going? I don’t see myself as ever retiring. I’m lucky in that being a writer and working from home I can just keep going. At least until the brain cells seize up! In my new novel, The Long Marriage, we meet Roger in the first chapter and he has unexpectedly been made redundant at the age of sixty. He had a high-powered job in insurance and was pushed out to make way for a younger man leaving his ego bruised. He certainly wasn’t ready to relax and go fishing! Sixty is a difficult…

  • Mid-life Women: Masters of Reinvention

    Mid-life women often get significant change thrust upon them. Whether it’s divorce, the menopause, losing a job, financial difficulties or losing a loved one. And there’s a sense that time is running out. What impresses me, is how many women deal with it, reinventing themselves and creating a new life. Perhaps they need to build their confidence first before they can move on. Happily, there is help out there and most women will be willing to find it. Then they can start to make positive changes and to select what they desire. As a fifty plus woman and having lived a little, you are likely to have a clearer idea…