- P.D. James published her first book, Cover Her Face, at age 42.
- Rachel Carson published her first book, Silent Spring, at age 54.
- Annie Proulx published her first book, Postcards, at age 58.
- Penelope Fitzgerald published her first novel, The Golden Child, at age 61.
- Frank McCourt published his first book, Angela's Ashes, at age 66.
- Peter Pouncey published his first book, Rules for Old Men Waiting, at age 67.
- Harriet Doerr published her first book, Stones for Ibarra, at age 73.
- Helen Hooven Santmyer published her first bestseller, "...And Ladies of the Club," at age 88.
You have time to live an entire life as something else, and then become a writer.
This has been the case for yours truly, who published her first short story, "The Bear in the Outhouse," at age 56.