As they enter midlife, women may lose touch with their enthusiasm for life. They might also have dreams they still want to fulfil. This series of interviews with authors aged 50+ aims to inspire these women to make their next years their best years! Welcome, Marléne Rose Shaw.

Q: Where do you hail from?

Originally from the UK, then 2 and a half years in Spain. I moved to Portugal 3 days ago!

Q: What one thing do you like most about where you live?

The people are so friendly.

Q: List no more than 5 words to describe yourself.

Open, tenacious, considerate, curious.

Q: At what age did you start writing?

I’ve always written but more serious from around age 50.

Q: What is the title of your book?

My latest book is called How Kind People Get Tough

Q: What influenced you to write about life and motivation?

Many years as a therapist helping clients gain confidence and have better relationships.

Q: How do you wish to inspire others with your writing?

To gain confidence and have happier relationships. It’s a ripple effect that helps everyone in the long run.

Q: Do you feel your writing nature changed after you turned 50? If so, how?

Possibly having more life experience and feeling more confident in myself helped give me focus.

Q: What impact do you think your book(s) will have on women aged above 50?

If they are stuck in the same patterns of self-sabotage and unhappy relationships, it will help them realise they can make changes.

Q: How do you motivate yourself at age 50+?

I don’t feel the need to motivate myself in any way different from when I was younger. I’m just me living my life.

Q: Do you believe you are living the life you have always wanted?

In some ways yes. There is still more to learn and achieve. It’s an ongoing journey into wisdom.

Q: How has your writing affected your quality of life?

Writing two books has given me confidence that I can achieve something if I just stick with it.

Q: Which book or author has most helped you change your life at the age of 50+?

Wayne Dyer but not because of being 50+, just in a general sense

Q: What piece of advice do you have for other women over the age of 50 that could help them live the rest of their lives in the best way possible?

Forget the number!

Q: Please share an inspiring or motivational excerpt from your current book?

Once we grasp the difference between misguided kindness and conscious kindness, it becomes so much easier to set boundaries, speak our truth and gain respect

Q: What can we expect from you in the future?

I have my next book brewing nicely!

Q: How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

Visit my website here.

This series of Q and A with female authors aged 50 and above, helps us understand how they use their books to help change lives and motivate other women above 50 to live a life they love. If you, or someone you know, would like to participate, please contact me.