2015-01-22 / Living

Retired teacher publishes first book

Dianne Spencer 
Provided photo Dianne Spencer Provided photo SWARTZ CREEK – In 2013, after 27 years of teaching, Swartz Creek resident Dianne Spencer decided it was time to retire and escape the harsh Michigan winters.

Spencer, 59, spent the first winter in Florida, where she began to write.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do but never seemed to have the time,” Spencer said. “I’ve always had stories rolling around in my head, but now I finally have time to put them on paper.”

Spencer eventually left The Sunshine State and headed west, settling in Sedona, Ariz., where she put the finishing touches on her first novel, “Instincts,” and found a publisher, Yuma-based Cool Beans P&E.

A romance/suspense story, “Instincts” was published in December and is available in print and electronic format through Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Instincts-Dianne-Spencer-ebook/ dp/B00QHNX5W4 .

The plot centers on Michelle, an “overly trusting” young artist who has recently reconnected with an old high school friend, Eddie.

According to the synopsis on the Amazon website, Eddie is an engineer with a “paralyzing fear of rejection, who pursues Michelle from afar. Or is he stalking her?”

Michelle’s friends tell her to beware, but her gut tells her Eddie is just lonely. Who has the better instincts?

“It’s been a learning experience all around,” Spencer said. “I had no idea how much work goes into publishing and promoting a book.”

Spencer’s second book, “Something Missing,” is due out this month.

After graduating from Clio High School in 1973, Spencer landed a job as an electrician at General Motors in Flint, and attended the University of Michigan.

She earned a teaching degree and landed a job at the GASC Skill Center as an instructor in wiring and robotics.

She worked there for seven years, then spent 20 years in elementary education at the Flint Community Schools.

Spencer has advice for anyone who feels too old to become a first-time author.

“You’re not,” she said. “There are people who were older than me when they published their first books. Turn off the TV and write. You’ll be surprised at how fun it is.”

Spencer said she enjoys sharing her writing with others, and she is entertaining the notion of penning a children’s book.

She is currently looking forward to returning to her home in Swartz Creek in the spring. She plans to revisit Florida next winter. – L.R.

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