Amazing over 50’s – Terry Tyler

I’m very excited to introduce another guest to my new series:

Amazing over 50’s

I’m inviting and featuring ‘Mid-lifers’ who are enjoying life over 50 and who are proud to shout out about great health, fitness, lifestyles, work, achievements etc, but more importantly who are embracing this time of their lives with pride.

I’m so pleased to introduce Terry Tyler this month as my third guest to this series.

Terry is an accomplished author of seventeen books available on Amazon, the latest being UK2, the third book in her post apocalyptic series, Project Renova. She is proud to be self-published, is an avid reader and book reviewer, and a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.

A Guest Post – The Amazing over 50’s

Terry Tyler

I asked Terry to tell us a little about her working life and her blog

I was born in Cambridgeshire and moved via Northampton and Norfolk to Geordieland, where I have lived for the past 9 years. Nowadays I sit at home and write novels, but in the past I worked in Jobcentres, had my own gift shop for several years, ran a deli, was a nursing assistant in a psychiatric hospital, and did the usual bar/café jobs that most people leave off their CVs but provide some of my jolliest memories.  All of which have become material for books, of course.  Smiley face with a wink.

I have 2 blogs. I started my personal one in 2012 because someone told me that writers need them; it took me about 6 months to understand why.  Your blog is somewhere to write all the stuff that pops into your head that has no place in novels. Mine includes articles about writing and publishing, general ‘life’ stuff (random ideas that occur to me), TV/film reviews and recommendations. My other blog is for book reviews, which I started 3 years ago when I became a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team. I read between 5 and 10 books every month and always review, because I know how important this is to writers

Do you remember how you felt before or when turning 50 and how you feel now in relation?

On the day itself: just fine, no different from any other day. Then a year or so later, when the menopause really kicked in, I became really downhearted and thought it was all over. But that didn’t last long; as my hormonal state changed, so did my head. Now, I’m happy in my own company, appreciate my family more, and just feel much more at peace, generally; I peer at my increasing amount of lines and white hairs with slightly appalled fascination, rather than terror!

Do you enjoy staying fit and healthy?

My immediate reaction to this question was ‘pass’, because in the last 2 years I have not been nearly as active as I should be, which means that my fitness levels have plummeted.  This is not just because writing novels necessitates sitting down most of the time, but because I have some knee problems that keep flaring up.  At the moment it’s as much as I can do to hobble around the supermarket once a week, but I am optimistic, and so fed up with not being able to stride out amongst trees and green that I am sure once I am better I will go for those 4 long walks a week that I always vow I will take – I will, I will!

On the plus side, I have almost stopped both smoking and drinking, both of which I was still doing far too much up until about 7 years ago.  As of May 19th I am pleased to report that I’ve only had 5 cigarettes this year, and no alcohol at all.  The alcohol bit is easy because I just went off it; I think it was my body telling me it’d like a drop of something weaker.
Last year I became a vegan; now, when I’m eating vegetables instead of red meat, blueberries and grapes instead of ice cream, and drinking green tea instead of wine, I hope I’m stopping myself from falling down dead.

I definitely feel the benefit; my skin is better, my hair grows faster (although this does mean I have to get the roots done more often), I rarely get that sluggish feeling, and my (ahem!) digestive system, something I’ve always had problems with, now works as it should.  A recent health check at the doctor told me that my blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure have all improved, which is not to be sniffed at.

Wow that’s brilliant and just goes to prove that healthy eating really can improve your general all round wellbeing.  I hope your knee problems are better soon Terry.  Are there things you’ve achieved after turning 50 that you’re proud of?

To be honest I don’t walk about thinking, ‘wow, I’ve achieved such-and-such’, I just get on with stuff because it’s what I want to do.  I haven’t wasted the past decade, though.  I’ve published all my books since I was 50 (I am now 58), developed a good readership, and made lots of new friends via the online writing/blogging community.  I started writing novels 25 years ago but never did much with it; I started again after a 10 year gap, in 2010, and then my sister told me about Amazon Kindle. I’ve never wanted to be other than self-published; this way I can write what I want, when I want.  Also, during this period I got married for the third time, which is like finding a peaceful haven after a long, eventful journey. Though I’m not sure that’s an achievement, probably just good luck!

Birhday blur

Publishing 17 books since turning 50 is a great achievement Terry!  Anything else you’d like to add with regards to life after 50, or any messages for people?

  • The menopause doesn’t last forever, and when it’s over you’ll feel okay again. Honest!
  • It’s time to do what you want to do, not what society/the neighbours/your family expects. You want to ‘downsize’, and/or sell up and travel Europe in a VW camper van? Do it. Cut out the relationship that you’ve only stayed in so you won’t feel lonely, the friend who doesn’t appreciate you. If you hate your job, ask yourself if it’s worth it. This is your life. You’ve already lived more than half of it, maybe even two thirds—we have to try not to keep repeating the same mistakes.
  • Alas, age is not just a number, physically, because your body does start to deteriorate, but taking care of your health can make a huge difference. Even if you think, ‘but I’ve stopped drinking and smoking, I walk alot and eat all this fruit and I still don’t feel like I did when I was 30’—no, you won’t. What you’ll feel like is a healthy 50-something, rather than an unhealthy one. And that is worth a great deal.

Thank you, Sam, for inviting me to your blog, and I hope your readers have enjoyed my offering!

Thank you Terry for being my third guest in my series – Amazing over 50’s

It’s been a pleasure hearing all about you and your journey and that’s great advice for an up and coming 50 something 🙂   Good luck with your latest book UK2

If you’d like to find out more about Terry then check out her links below

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103 thoughts on “Amazing over 50’s – Terry Tyler

    1. Thanks for reading, Suzanne – though I certainly can’t boast your levels of fitness and don’t think I will ever be able to;I read your post and thought, oh dear, does Sam really want me to be on this??!! 😉

          1. I know what you mean about restrictions, Suzanne – it’s just something I’ve forced on myself, ha ha! You’re right about the average person not being educated on alternative diets, but I’ve always been interested in nutrition. When I was about 18 (in the 1970s!) I got this book that showed what vitamins and minerals were in everything, and how much you needed to eat of what. But until I was 50 I drank far too much and smoked, so I probably did twice as much harm as I was doing good! I do sometimes wonder how I would feel now if I had never done all that.

            As for keeping to it, Sam, at least once a week I get cravings for a big Chelsea bun with icing on it, and bacon and scrambled eggs! I don’t, but…..! And once a week I do have an ENORMOUS helping of vegan ice cream – the only nice one I’ve found is Swedish Glace, and that’s GORGEOUS. You can get it in supermarkets. But it’s pretty fattening.

          2. Heck, I still think you do well! I just love food! Lately we eat less bread, (virtually none) hardly any red meat and stopped eating carbs after 6pm. My partner has lost loads of weight, I haven’t particularly, but I do feel a lot better. I’ve never eaten a lot of sugary things, but I am bad with crisps! I do try to eat healthily, but in my mind It’s also about being happy too 🙂

        1. Suzanne, re the vegan thing, it is hard sometimes, yes – I am not very interested in food and cooking, and at first I thought, okay – so what the hell do I EAT? The first week I swear I just ate potatoes, toast and hummus. Then you talk to other people and start discovering stuff. I make a huge vegetable and chick pea curry once a week, and divide it into portions that I can just heat up – easy when I’m writing! But yes, supermarkets do make it easier these days. Some vegan stuff is disgusting, some is lovely.

          One hard thing is going out – I don’t mean restaurants, you just choose your place. But anywhere where there’s a buffet – you should ALWAYS eat first, or bring something. Otherwise you end up with just crisps, and nicking the grape garnish off the cheese, like I did the other day at a funeral when the wake was at lunch time! Last year, at the wake for my father’s funeral, my brother organised the catering. I said, ‘don’t forget I’m vegan, and so is *** and ***!’ What did we get? A pot of hummus and some slices of red pepper. That was all we could eat. Luckily I didn’t feel like eating, but it was a bit bad for the others!

          Actually, thanks for asking, I think I’ll make some of this into a blog post!!

          1. To be honest, I am glad we are not fussy with our food, as long as it is healthy [we eat less meat and more vegetarian meals] and it makes us happy, then we shall eat it. I hate being restricted in life. Good on you for sticking to it. The average person is not well educated on alternative diets. Happy to give you some fodder to write about 🙂

    2. Thank you Suzanne. I loved what Terry said about the menopause and about getting out there to live your life. Thanks for reading 🙂

  1. I’m sorry to hear about the knee. That would certainly mean you’d have to cut back on the walking.It’s good to read about all you’ve achieved in your 50s.

    1. Thanks for reading April, Terry is certainly an inspiration and puts forward some great points 🙂

    2. Thanks for reading, April! Yeah, with the knee it’s not so much ‘have to cut back on’ right now, as ‘can’t’ – but I’m hoping it will get better for a while before it ‘goes’ again!! x

  2. I’m as optimistic as you are, Terry, about the knees, keep at it. And you’re right, you are what you eat; after all, we’re organic beings, so if we stop poisoning ourselves with nutritionally barren ‘food’ and alcohol, we can actually improve our appearance at any age. Oh and, Sam, I am the sister mentioned in Terry’s interview, and if you ever fancy doing a post about turning 60, I’m your man! (Woman, ha!)

    1. Oh hi there Julia 🙂 Thank you and hey 60 is over 50 right?? If you’d like to guest post that would be great! 🙂

      1. Thanks, Sam – and it was Julia who assured ME that it got better once the menopause was over, and she was right! I would love to see her post on here – and she does some stuff that really IS inspirational 🙂 x

      2. Thank you so much, Sam. I’m away for a couple of days, but will contact you on Wednesday next week. This is a subject about which I have much to say; in fact I recently took part in a radio discussion on ageism. I look forward to talking to you, and thanks for inviting me!

    1. Thank you 🙂 The Amazing over 50’s is a fairly new series for my blog and I am personally so inspired by my guests so far. I’m looking forward to interviewing many more Amazing over 50’s here 🙂

    2. You just wait, Rosie….. ha ha ha!!! 😀 😀

      On the bright side, you’ve already put yourself in great stead with all that walking 🙂

  3. Wow! Thanks for sharing — and to Sam for hosting!

    In total awe of your achievements, Terry — 17 books in eight years?! Well, yes, just wow! Much respect… Off-topic, you may find your aches and pains start to diminish now you’ve embraced a healthy diet — so many conditions are caused by inflammation which in turn is caused by not always eating and drinking as prudently as we could…

    1. Two were short story collections, and two novellas, Eugenie ~ and I write all the time, so if you take them away it’s only two books a year, which is not that much at all!! But thank you!

      I always did eat fairly healthily; the red meat and ice cream were not every day occurrences; the line was more for comic effect! Before I was a vegan I often ate fish and vegetables and fruit and yogurt for dinner, though I did eat processed meals because I don’t like cooking – BAD! But I’ve always been a fruit and veg freak. With my knees t’s mostly arthritis, and knackered cartilage, and I had (have) a condition in the left knee called PVNS, which is a thickening of the sinovium; it’s quite a new discovery and doctors don’t know what causes it yet. Or didn’t when it first happened two years ago! But yes – when you take care of what you put inside yourself, everything improves, I totally agree 🙂 Thanks for reading!

    2. Thank you for reading Eugenie, yes I totally agree, I’m amazed even at the difference in my joints by just drinking more water daily!

  4. What a gal! I love the sense of embracing the fifty something and being in charge of her destiny that I get from this. A real you can if you will attitude and a lesson to us all 🙂

  5. I think that regular exercise and a healthy diet are the two best gifts we can give ourselves… especially as we get older. I’m not sure I could go vegan, but adding more fruits and veggies is something most all of us can do. Great series, Sam. Thank you for introducing us to Terry.

    1. Thanks for reading,! Vegan is hard at times, but I really feel better for not eating dairy. And I like that I made the decision to do it, and carried it through, even though I do occasionally fall by the wayside and have a ‘proper’ biscuit, or something!

        1. I made the decision after I watched the film ‘Cowspiracy’ and discovered that over 90% of the destruction of the rainforest and our ecosystem is caused by the animal agriculture industry, and I just couldn’t buy into it anymore. The industry gives huge pay-offs to the eco groups like Greenpeace not to publicise this. Our desire for to eat meat (and, on a smaller scale, dairy products) is what is destroying the planet, not fossil fuel emissions, or anything else. That’s all minimal in comparison. Once I’d found out more about this, I knew that I couldn’t live with myself if I kept supporting the industry, though I have to buy a few bits and bobs because my husband is veggie, not vegan! But I honestly don’t preach at people, I just let them know. I’ve ‘turned’ a few of my friends, ha ha!! That’s all I’ll say about it. The health thing is just a very nice plus that came with it. 😀

    2. Thank you, yes I totally agree. Just by thinking more about what goes into your body is something we all can do. Thank you for reading 😊

  6. So many wonderful 50+ women out there doing what they love to do, Sam! My friend became an author about 2 years ago and has now written 4 books. I’m so proud of her and not giving up on her dream. Great to meet you Terry and thanks Sam for another interesting interview.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

    1. Thank you Sue, yes it is fabulous to meet these wonderful 50+ people, it certainly gives me a lift to meet and hear all about them. Congratulations to your friend, that’s great!

    2. Thanks for reading, Sue! Yes ~ this is certainly the time in our lives to make the most of what we’ve learned, and be true to ourselves. And maybe it comes more naturally to us as we get older 😉 x

    1. Yes, but I’m not lovely and slim like you! Really need to lose a stone and a half – I think being able to move around a bit would really help, because when I was first a vegan I lost weight. And I chew nicotine chewing gum all the time, which can’t be good. And have too much sugar, but don’t we all??!

  7. Enjoyable interview. I’m now on the far side of 60 so 50 seems a long time ago. On my birthday a friend told me the 60s was the best decade because we can totally be ourselves, not worry about ‘shoulds’ and ‘musts’ or what people might think of us.
    I hope your knee gets better, Terry, and you can walk as it’s about the best exercise. I say that because apart from a Pilates class, walking is my only form of exercise 🙂 Still drink too much but stopped smoking years ago though I’m now addicted to nicotine mints – they are sugar free, though.
    Your writing output makes me feel a total slacker!

    1. Love this comment Mary, “not worry about the shoulda and musts or what people might think “ love it!! 😀

    2. Thanks for reading Mary!!! I’m glad to see there is someone else who is still addicted to nicotine despite stopping smoking – husband tells me of the perils of the gum, etc, but I can’t give up EVERYTHING!

      As I’m nearly 60 I will soon find out… but I think I am already there, as I become increasingly aware of how odd I am…. (yes, that WAS meant to say odd, not old!)

    1. Hi Mary, sorry I was just delayed in approving the comment because we’re cruising in the Boat & signal got a bit dodgy. Sorry 😊 t’was a great comment too! 😊 thank you

    1. Haha The seventy somethings are a little ahead of me yet, but I’ll look forward to a lovely 70 something starting one up 😉

    2. Thanks for reading, Noelle! xx

      I suppose you must read such things and feel the same as I do when I read blog posts about coping with the big 3-0…. “pffft!”

  8. A lovely post, TT. I never realised you were up to 17 books!! And I’ve read them all!! I’m so impressed you’ve adopted the vegan lifestyle so wholly. I’ll do it when I can truly convince myself I won’t die without cheese…terrible, it is. Anyway, I think much of what you say applies when you get to 60 too although the creak volume goes up a bit more. Well done on the not smoking and drinking. I gave up smoking ten years ago, then lapsed again two years ago, but haven’t had a ciggie now since last October, which feels good. Generally I feel very grateful that at 63, I am still able to be as active as I am, but yes, some things are just part of being older, aren’t they? I never even thought of my digestive system when I was younger, but it seems to have become an intimate acquaintance and even one of the family….haha. My biggest problem is becoming a COT (cantankerous old teacher), a condition inflamed by all the millenial students I have to deal with, but that’s another story. Good on ya, dear TT. An inspiration, you are!

    1. Ah, Val, lovely to see someone else who is still no stranger to the odd fag – a few years ago I lit up in a pub garden with a friend and she said, “Oh, do you still smoke? I didn’t think anyone did anymore”. Actually as many teenagers smoke as they ever did, but I guess the reason my friend thought that is that yes, by our age most people have given up for health reasons. I still love it and wish it was still socially acceptable. And, ideally, didn’t give you cancer or make your house, clothes and hair stink!

      I’ve struggled with IBS and constipation (I will say it in a comment if not the main body of the article!) all my life, since before IBS had a name, but becoming vegan has sorted it all out. I wonder if I was lactose intolerant, now.

        1. It worked for a friend, too, Sam; she had the ‘loose’ sort of IBS (!!!) and went dairy free – not a vegan, she still eats fish and chicken, bu it’s sorted it all out.

          1. TT, about the IBS, that’s interesting. As you know, my daughter is also a vegan and she says her bowel problems are sorted too…maybe I should really consider it more seriously! IBS vs cheese…hmmm…I’ll sleep on that, I think…

    2. Thank you for your comment 😊 not heard of a COT before 😂 I hope I’m still active at 63 👍

      1. Haha, Sam, I’m mostly 63 going on 13, but when it comes to today’s pampered students, I’m every one of my 63 years, hence the COT. I’m still managing to shin my way up lock ladders, though, so doing all right despite the creaks 😀

        1. I think Val should be on this feature – she’s lived an ‘amazing’ life for sure, Sam!!!!

        2. Hahah yes the lock ladders 🙂 I know them well! 😁 thank you for reading will certainly look you up 🙂

      2. Cheese is one of the things I miss Sam, I do admit that – but in the same way as missing cigarettes and wanting to eat ice cream every day, I feel it’s one of the things that is worth giving up. But maybe your body is okay with it – you seem to be doing pretty well, and look fabulous!! 🙂

        1. Thank you for that. I think everyone finds the thing they have to give up…mine is bread & red meat, I feel so much better after realising this 🙂

  9. What a great idea for a blog series, and it’s great to see Terry here who doesn’t count her achievements and yet has published all 17 of her books since turning 50!! Amazing when so many people say they want to write a book and yet never get as far as even writing one let alone publishing it. I have met Terry and what she has not said here is that she is also as gorgeous in real life as she is in her photos 😀

    1. Sorry, only just seen this, G! You are sweet! Don’t forget that ‘since turning 50’ is nearly 9 years for me….!! And I do write all the time. But I always wrote – I spent half of the 90s sitting at my wordprocessor, and have files filled with manuscripts that never saw the light of day. That’s what I mean by not seeing it as an achievement – it’s just what I do.

      Sam, I believe Georgia might have recently qualified to be an amazing over 50, too! 😉

      1. Lol, you can’t be boring with all the great books you write. Maybe you mean our personal lives become boring because we’re living in books? 🙂

        1. No, just that I don’t do anything except sit at my desk and write!!!! Don’t go anywhere much or have any fascinating hobbies – wouldn’t have the time! It’s all I can do to keep us clean and fed, when I am deep in writing, ie 80% of the time 😉

  10. Wonderful interview Sam.

    And Terri, 17 books! You’re Amazing. I can barely get my blog written.

    I look forward to reading some of your books


    1. Thank you, Laura! And, as I said to a couple of others, those 17 do include 2 short story collections and 2 novellas, so it’s really only just over 2 novels a year, which is normal for a working writer – it sounds like more than it is!!

      Thank you for reading 🙂

  11. Ahh, so this is where Terry has been! Great to read more about her, Sam. That’s an incredible achievement having published all those books since reaching 50. I’m amazed at how many books you read a month, Terry. You’re doing such a great job at leaving all those reviews as well (even if Amazon make it difficult for us to do so from time to time). All the very best. I wish you continued success with both your writing and books.

    1. Thank you, Hugh, you are most kind! I actually only read/review one/two books a week when I’m writing, it’s not many ~ not like book bloggers! And when you write all the time, writing a review doesn’t take long. I always review, because it’s so very important – what’s half an hour out of my life, when it does so much for that writer?! If I’ve loved or even quite liked a book, I consider it my good deed for the day, ha ha!

      1. Totally get where you’re coming from, Terry. I read so many authors asking for reviews and saying that they are one of the best things you can do for an author after reading their book. Even a two or three line review is better than not leaving one at all.

        1. Absolutely, Hugh. It takes five minutes, that’s all. Just one line is fine – it’s the fact that a book is being reviewed that keeps it visible on Amazon; any reaction is better than no reaction, even a mediocre or bad review.

  12. One of my author crushes – Terry Tyler. One day I will meet her in person. I read her book and thought one day I will write like her. Plus she’s also v wise. Great post Sam!

    1. Lucy, you are TOO sweet!!! xxx

      (and you don’t want to write like me, because you write chick lit – my books have far too many swear words and dismissing of the pink and girly!!!)

        1. Darker is always fun. I love writing baddies, or even just the irritating/totally screwed up 🙂

    1. Thank you George for saying that. DeeDee also continues to challenge herself too, which I personally find inspiring.

  13. Super cool blog! I’m relating to Terry because I’m in my 50s too and loving it! I wrote my first book at 50, now have three published, with the fourth soon to be published. Terry is my new inspiration! Thank you Terry 🙂 <3

    1. Thanks for taking the time to read & comment Maryanne. Wow that’s great, starting to write & getting published after 50! Well done, I’ll be heading over to your blog for a peek 😊🌸

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