There is power in gray. I’m not speaking about Fifty Shades of Grey, but the power of older people. I have written a mystery series that is affectionately labeled, Geezer-lit Mysteries. With Oak Tree Press I have something different coming out this month, a paranormal PI mystery.
This last week I attended the World Affairs Conference at the University of Colorado in Boulder. This is an annual event (65th one) with speakers on an eclectic range of subjects. Some of the sessions I attended included: Growing Old: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly; Who Stole the American Dream? with Hedrick Smith; Inside Iran; Homeless, Jobless: the Walking Nightmare; the Power of Social Enterprise; What the Frack! (fracking); the Evolution and Devolution of TV; Investing in a Sustainable Future; Truth Decay: Hoaxes and Conspiracies; My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House with Valerie Plame Wilson; Cartooning with Jim Borman, cartoonists of the Zits series in newspapers; Confessions of a Bibliophile; and the Molly Ivins Freedom Fightin’ Memorial Plenary with David Corn.
In addition to my mind bursting with ideas after these programs (in the first session I came up with the plot for a new story), I noticed one very interesting thing in the auditoriums: the number of gray heads. There is an immense power in this country—older people. They are engaged, interested in key issues in our society and can make a difference. So instead of writing off Granny, realize she is part of a voting block and source of wisdom that can be applied to many problems in our country. And that’s also why I enjoy writing about older characters in many of my mystery novels.