It is Katie’s and Taylor’s love story, high school sweethearts, reunited after the death of both spouses, 40 years later. The two learn how to rid themselves of their old memories and expectations and learn to accept the years of change that has taken place. The story is a blending of families and courting at a senior age of life.
Ever wondered if a second chance at love was possible…this book will delight and charm you. Should you be in the midst of a relationship that includes the blending of families, or requires a change in your life, …”A RING, A DANCE, A SECOND CHANCE” will speak to you.
The novel is a real Romantic Fiction: “Slice of Life Story” -which allows yourself to be swept away by a host of characters that are approachable, realistic and yet challenging.
Targeted Age Group: 50 plus – Seniors
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
This is not really a genre novel, in earlier times we would call it a “slice of life” fiction; it is a love story, yet it is not a Romance; nevertheless, it is most often described as a Romance. General fiction is not descriptive but Women’s Fiction or Contemporary Fiction and Southern Fiction might be reasonably good “labels”.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Actually, all writers that I’ve read and enjoyed have inspired me, beginning, I guess, with children’s stories and the Holy Bible…I loved beautiful sentences wherever they were as well as novels, plays, editorials, etc. I’ve been inspired with academic authors, such as Carl Rogers, whose ideas have had a profound impact on my life. Of course the classics have been important and enjoyable. I remember loving and rereading GONE WITH THE WIND, and I felt Margret Mitchell was a special person because she could draw such vivid pictures with words.
My ambition is to continue writing as long as I’m able to think, and with the help of technology, produce a readable or marketable novel. I have always enjoyed writing and I use writing to clarify my ideas—and uncover new ideas and information. Never give up your dreams!
Jonell Kirby Cash grew up in Georgia where she graduated from Franklin County, Georgia, high school, in 1947; Reinhardt Junior College, Waleska, Georgia, 1949; University of Georgia, , BS.HEC, 1952; MS Degree in Education, 1957; (PHD) EdD (in Education,) Counseling Psychology, 1964. She performed her post Doctoral work included a summer session at Carnegie Melon University.
She taught in the public schools of Georgia for twelve years and was a full-time teacher at UGA while she was a full-time doctoral student. Her first college position was at Augusta College as Directory of the Counseling Center and later served as Director of Instruction Director of Instruction with Georgia’s 9th District Services Center. She taught at the graduate level at University of Georgia, Syracuse University and West Virginia University, in Morgantown, WV. She moved to Kanawha Valley Graduate Center in Charleston, WV as Coordinator of Instruction with West Virginia University and later, was an Assoc. Dean for Program development, and she was involved in developing an accredited graduate college (WVCOGS) in Charleston, West Virginia.
Professionally, Dr. Jonell Kirby Cash served on the editorial board of the Journal for Specialists in Group Work and as an advisory editor for The Individual Psychologist; she was a member of the Commission on Higher Education of the North Central Accreditation Association, and a consultant to overseas workshops in Portugal, Australia, Brazil, Egypt and England.
Dr. Jonell Kirby Cash has authored four books in the field of psychology and counseling and since retiring has written her first novel, A Ring, A Dance, A Second Change. With her busy schedule Jonell has found time to attend workshops in writing, create a writing group, and read widely. Since retiring her volunteer work has included CASA, working with couple under stress and with disruptive children and troubled families.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Over the years as a college professor, I authored four professional books and other shorter works. Then, widowed and in the middle of a busy retirement, I married my high school sweetheart, increasing exponentially my family size and complexity. It seemed that people “ate up my time,” and age began to take a toll on my energy. But I wasn’t ready to settle for the routine, and as I approached the eighth decade of life I became mindful that I had not fulfilled my dream of writing a novel. Then and there, like turning on a dime, I decided to become a serious student of fiction and write a novel that would speak to the fifty-plus year old reader. As my writing progressed, and my commitment to my novel became more intense, occasionally I’d experience the feeling that my extended family was unhappy with the way I was using my time; yet, their disapproval (if real) was unspoken and so I pursued my dream knowing that we are living fully when we are pursuing our passion.
Becoming a part of the writing community was enjoyable, and at age 82 I had my first novel, A RING, A DANCE, A SECOND CHANCE (Tate. 2011) published. Writing the love story about high school sweethearts, who marry more than forty years later, was a personally satisfying experience.