The Second Half Adventure – author interview – Kay Marshall Strom

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Paperback Writer introduces author Kay Marshall Strom author of the non-fiction book The Second Half Adventure: Don’t Just Retire – Use Your Time, Skills & Resources to Change the World.



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The fact is, boomers are on the cusp of becoming senior citizens
(though they would never use that term!). Whether aching with disappointment
over the passage of time or proud of their accomplishments,
every seven seconds another one turns fifty. That’s 12,000
people a day. Nearly 4.5 million each year.As boomers enter the second half of life, because of their sheer numbers they are poised to rock society all over again. As I write this approximately 35 million Americans are age sixty-five or older. By
the year 2030 that number will have doubled to a whopping 70 million.
Some who look at this burgeoning population have raised a collective
gasp of alarm. “What are we going to do with all those old
folks?” they cry. “What will happen to our society? It’s only going to
get more and more decrepit!”

Those people underestimate baby boomers. Boomers have never
done anything in the same old way things had always been done before,
so why would they start now? The fact is, they are already in the
process of reinventing retirement. And without a doubt, they are the
ones to do it. Not only because of who and what they are, but because
they are approaching their second half healthier, more educated,
and more full of vigorous years than any generation that preceded
them. They may be getting older, but they definitely remain a vital
force to be reckoned with.

Now consider for a moment: What if boomer retirees, whose passion
is for God, were to take Christ’s teachings seriously? What if they
were to determine to use their acquired skills and expertise to demonstrate
God’s love to the world in practical ways? Imagine what could
“The unique values and sheer numbers of the boomer generation
have not taken God by surprise,” Don Parrott of Finishers noted. “I
believe He has been preparing exactly the kind of workforce He would
need from North America at this time in history.”

About the Author:

Kay Marshall Strom has written thirty-six published books, numerous magazine articles, and two screenplays. Four of her books have been chosen as book club selections, eleven have been translated into foreign languages, and one was optioned for a movie. Her writing is also included in numerous volumes and compilations, including the bestselling Conversations on Purpose for Women (Zondervan 2005) and various editions of the NIV Devotional Bibles.
In addition to her writing, Kay taught writing classes through the California State University system for ten years, and still teaches at writers conferences around the country. In 2008, she was invited to India to teach writing in order to give a voice to those not normally heard.
A sought-after speaker, Kay is in demand for retreats and special events throughout the US and around the world.
Kay and her husband Dan Kline make their home in the Pacific Northwest.
You can visit her website at

Hi Kay,

Welcome to Paperback Writer.

Q: Would you share with us how you came up with the idea for your book?

A: Actually, the editor at Moody suggested I write a book on retirement. I wasn’t that interested because I didn’t see that I had anything new and fresh to offer on the subject. Especially considering the fact that I wasn’t retired myself and didn’t intend to be any time soon. I want to keep on writing as long as Agatha Christie did—which was forever!

Q: Was it a light bulb moment or something that you thought about for a very long time?

A: The light went on when I became acquainted with the Finisher’s Project (http\ Here was an organization that was up on all the cutting-edge info about the baby boomer generation that was on the cusp of retirement. Finishers not only had a data base of 20,000+ mission job openings but it had also developed an online system for matching a person’s skills, interests and availability with what was out there. Sort of an for missions! Suddenly I was quite interested.

Q: How did you come up with the title?

A: As most authors know, the titles we come up with are often not the ones that show up on our books. Titling committees get to have it their way. For me, that’s usually just as well. I’m not the best at coming up with good titles. My choice for this book was Retire For Heaven’s Sake! I must say, I was pretty partial to that title, but the committee thought it was a bit flippant.

Q: How did you find an agent and publisher?

A: This is my 37th book, so I do already have an agent. I also already have contacts at a number of publishing houses. The reason this particular editor came to me is that I worked with her before when she was senior editor at two different magazines. I also had a previous book published through Moody Press.

Q: Who reads your work in progress?

A: My dear husband Dan Kline. He is my best ever editor. And he makes me from-scratch cocoa every morning, too, and serves it to me in bed! How many people can say their editor does that?

Q: Who made a difference in the book’s quality?

A: Don Parrott and Nelson Malwitz at Finisher’s Project. I could not have done what I did without them.

Q: How long did it take you to complete the first draft?

A: It took about five months, but that included all the traveling and interviews all over.

Q: How long did it take from start to publication?

A: From proposal to finished project was ten months.

Q: Do you have any advice for new authors?

A: Don’t ever give up. Write and write and write some more. Everyone gets better and better. No one gets worse and worse!

Thank you for stopping by Paperback Writer on your virtual book tour. I wish you continued success!

You’re welcome. It was my pleasure. Thank you so much for having me!

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