I wanted to be a writer from the age of 7, when I first read L.M. Montgomery's Emily of New Moon. At 11, I learned more about the writer's burning desire to write and the travails of trying to publish from Little Women. While I was in college, historical novelist Cecilia Holland published her first novel at the age of 24 to critical acclaim. She became my role model, not as a writer but as a success. I wanted to be a published novelist at 24. It didn't happen. I did make several attempts at writing full length fiction, including three mysteries that a very good agent took on but failed to sell when I was in my early 30s. I went through a midlife career change. I published two books of poetry and a lot of professional material, including a book, before turning back to fiction five years ago. And now my first mystery will come out in 2008, beating my Medicare card by a short length. I'd like to hear from or about writers who published their first mystery or other novel after 60. Was writing fiction something you always told yourself you'd like to try? Or have you been at it all along, like me?