Mickey Spillane A World War II fighter pilot and novelist, viewed writing the way his fictional hard-boiled hero Mike Hammer looked at life. The author felt age and experience made him better, and he pressed on for that very reason. “If you’re a singer you lose your voice. A baseball player loses his arm. A writer gets more knowledge, and if he’s good, the older he gets, the better he writes.”
Not everyone feels this way. On one of my husband’s recent birthdays, a friend presented him with a T-shirt. The words emblazoned across the chest read,
“The older I get, the better I was.”
So I just keep on writing and hoping. My coming memoir, The Mysterious Builder of Seattle Landmarks, the Search for my Father, is currently scheduled for a February launch.