Inside the Book:
Charlotte McAntic spent her thirties, forties, and even fifties in peace and harmony aligning her marriage, mortgage, careers, and children. As she stumbles into a new phase of life—also known as the Golden Years—Charli cannot help but wonder where the gold and her husband, Pud, are hiding.
Pud is happily cruising down the retirement path that, for him, leads straight to the golf course. While Charli spends her days at home cleaning out closets and the basement, she yearns to gaze deeply into Pud’s blue eyes and remember all the reasons why she fell in love with him thirty years ago. Unfortunately, the only thing Pud is eying is the next fairway. Knowing there is more to savor in retirement than silver-hair shampoos, senior discounts, and hernia surgery, Charli embarks on a quest to do whatever it takes to spend retirement in the embrace of the man she loves. But is it too late for happily ever after?
In this humorous novel, a high-energy wife and her solid guy must learn to adjust to a new chapter in their lives and find their way back into each other’s hearts after their retirement begins with a jolt.
Can you tell us why you wrote your book?
My book series is a tribute to my fellow baby boomers. We started our adventures in the youthful excitement and promise of the dawning of the age Aquarius. We didn’t trust anyone over the age of 30 yet now, years later, here we are, entering the new life of retirement. A life that may involve grey hair and creaking joints, but we still have that streak of adventure in us! I want us all to thrive in retirement!
Which part of the book was hardest to write?
It was all easy to write! What gets hard is knowing when to write more or knowing when to write less. Or when to edit or when to cut something. Those are the tough decisions.
Does your book have an underlying message that readers should know?
That love and family are essential, but relationships can change over time.
Do you remember when the writing bug hit?
As soon as I could grab a crayon. I cut out pictures from magazines and wrote stories. In grade school I glowed when I received a gold star on my story. Through the years, I would say to my husband, “I have always wanted to write a book.” One day, he looked up from the TV and said, “Well, you better get started.” So I did.
Besides books, do you write anything else?
I like to write poetry and I enjoy writing my weekly blog. I have always written for business.
Thank you for your questions and allowing me to get to know your readers.
Jena C. Henry holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Akron, presents writing workshops, and loves good times with friends. Now retired, Jena and her husband, Alan, live in tropical Ohio where they enjoy their two adult children and extended family, friends, and darling dog. This is the first book in The Golden Age of Charli series.