By Debra Bell
Special to the Weekly
For Phyllis Georgina Rose, a Veazie author and Milbridge native, the publication of her first book, “Once Within a Lifetime,” is the realization of a life-long dream to write and share her vision of the world with others.
“I don’t have blood in my veins, I have ink,” she said.
Formerly called “The Rose Garden,” the book is a historical Christian romance set in Paris, France. In the book, Triessa Barret, a fashion designer, finds love after meeting Todd Nobel at a fashion show. Their faith and relationship are tested as their romance blooms. The couple must learn to face the challenges posed or face losing love and each other.
Rose’s book is available for purchase at amazon.com in paperback form ($13.24) or as a Kindle download ($2.99). Rose said an audio version is expected to be ready later this year.
The book was inspired by her own real life travels to Europe and Paris, a trip she made with her husband and friends. She and her husband went to visit California and fell in love with the state. They had a close friend who also lived in Paris, and he invited them to visit one year.
And Rose is not afraid of learning or new experiences. She is a lifelong learner and has had a pencil in hand since age 3. For the 80-year-old author, mother of two, and grandmother, life is just better when she’s writing or reading.
Rose enrolled in the Penn Foster Career School where she’s working on a degree in freelance writing.
“It’s been fabulous,” Rose said. “It’s so amazing to study and learn. I am as alive at my age as I ever was before.”
The degree she’s working on through Penn Foster is done online, which Rose said has afforded her the luxury of being able to pursue her degree at her own pace. For instance, she said, a recent health issue caused her to have to postpone some additional classes. The flexibility of the degree program allowed her to get better and then start back in on writing.
And she’s a determined woman. Currently, she’s editing her a second book, another self-published book about the relationship that develops between a childless woman and a young orphaned girl. She has been helped along the way by the staff and students at Penn Foster as well as a friend, Janis Monroe, who is the “daughter I never had.”
Her favorite things to read, she noted, are books, magazines, or anything that can teach her something and that doesn’t include violence or mystery. “I just can’t stay away from books, pencils, or pens,” she said. “If I have a specific idea or desire, I read all about it.”