Warren Adler, best known for the book and movie of War of the Roses, will turn ninety this year. He’s an inspiration.
After years of rejections, Warren finally got published at age forty-six. Maybe because of this late start, Warren is very passionate and vocal about the topic of aging and giving voice to elders who are more often than not forgotten about. He talks about this in the video below.
In one of his more recent books, The Sunset Gang: Inspirational Short Stories that Reshape the Meaning of Aging, Warren concocts stories about an energetic group of residents in a retirement community in Florida who deal with heartbreak, love and loss. Three of those stories were adapted into the PBS American Playhouse trilogy that garnered Doris Roberts an Emmy nomination.
The Sunset Gang calls to me, because you know I love to read about older people becoming empowered, learning a new strategy, overcoming some kind of challenge, or just getting a new attitude. All the main characters in this book are over sixty, some well over. With a talent like Warren Adler at the wheel, I’m loving it. I’ll review it here and in all the usual places after I finish. If you’re interested in listening to a sample of the audiobook, it’s here.
Warren has written motivational pieces on the joys and challenges of aging for PBS Next Avenue, Changingaging.org, and has been interviewed recently by FORBES in a two-part series on aging as well as Pfizer for their GET OLD campaign. You can see those articles here.
Below, you can click on the image and see Warren in his first inspirational video. He talks about his life, and gratitude, and why we should keep going, as he is.
Because he didn’t have enough to do, Warren recently launched Writers of the World, a campaign featuring aspiring and established writers. He has been featured in The New York Times, Entrepreneur, Publishers Weekly, and Pfizer and is a regular contributor to Lit Hub, Huffington Post, and The Daily Beast. With a growing fan base of nearly 500,000 fans on Facebook, he likes to share advice with aspiring writers.
You should visit his website and see what Warren’s been up to, plus this is where you can find all his books.
Go ahead. I’m not. After reading and writing about him I need to go lie down. If nothing else, to get over the feeling of inadequacy. I’m twenty-seven years younger than him and he just wore me out.