Ms. Ritchie’s first book, Spur of Light, was published last year. Why does that matter? Because, at the time, she was 97 years old. How about that for a prime example of Old Women Who Write? Ms. Ritchie is from Scotland, so this is our first across the pond interview. I love her, and you will too.
Books Jill has written include:
Volunteer Slavery: My Authentic Negro Experience
Straight, No Chaser: How I Became A Grown-Up Black Woman
Editor, Police Brutality: An Anthology
Finding Martha’s Vineyard: African Americans at Home on an Island
Let’s Get It On
Jill Nelson and I met sunning ourselves on a beach on Anna Maria Island, Florida. She is the mother of a good (and considerably younger) friend of mine. I had no idea when we met that she was an accomplished, outspoken, shocking, award-winning journalist and author. She writes about race, she writes about women, she writes about sex. I have now read three of her books, and she scares me to death. Her boldness knocks me out.
Susan Dukow spent 36 years in the motion picture industry working on award winning films. She retired and very successfully took up painting. And now she is on her newest adventure. Susan attended Girls High, an all-girls school in Philadelphia. Her 1968 class did what all classes do…went on and lived their lives. Then they had a reunion, then another. Then they discovered the power of Facebook. In the pandemic, they discovered the magic of Zoom. Finally, Susan
asked them to write about their lives at girl’s high and their lives now, especially as seen through the pandemic. Forty three of her classmates took up the challenge, and Susan was the editor, resulting in Unmute Yourself, Girlfriend: A Class Act.
Betsy Collins Cromley
Betsy Collins Cromley is about to turn 80 and about to publish a new book. How could there be a more perfect guest on Old Women Who Write?
In Part II of this interview, Regina discusses more of her life and more about her memoir in progress. You will love her. And I apologize for the abrupt beginning of the interview. Just overlook that flaw please and enjoy the interview.
I am proud to share Regina Jones with you. This outstanding human succeeded in this world when all predictors might have said it was not possible for her to do so. I look forward to her book.
I found Alison Acheson through a piece she wrote on the Medium platform called “The Gifts of Old Women.” Once I contacted her, I found out she has written many fiction books, mostly for young adults and children. In 2019, her first non-fiction book “Dance Me to the End: Ten Months and Ten Days with ALS” was published. I read that book and realized she is a wonderful writer. She is one of those writers that requires you have a pen and notebook nearby so you can write down many of her beautiful sentences.
**The subtitles in the interviews are automatically generated. They are often messed up, and sometimes even embarrassing. I apologize in advance.**
Renee Fisher is a woman of many talents. She raised three children but has given herself to many: supporting young pregnant girls, teaching English to recent immigrants, and volunteering for ElderWisdomCircle.org, responding to advice requests from all over the world. In her heart, Renee is and always has been an artist. The writing was her first love, followed by painting. In both cases, she first engaged in these creative arts when she was young, let them fall by the wayside in her middle years, and in her 70s, has embraced them.