Amazing Over 50’s – April Munday

Once again, I am excited to introduce another guest to my series:

Amazing over 50’s

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

This month I’m happy to introduce April Munday as my next guest on the Amazing Over 50’s’ series. April is an author of historical romance novels and also writes a fascinating blog called  A Writer’s Perspective, where she shares her love of history.

Welcome April, to Loving the fifty something and to the Amazing over 50’s series.

I’ll hand you straight over to April to tell us what she’s been up to since turning 50.

I’ve been over 50 for the best part of eleven years now, so I’ve almost got the hang of it.  Three years ago, at 57, I retired.  Before that I worked in procurement for more than 30 years. For most of my 50s I was working all hours for a large company. When I wasn’t working, I was commuting or asleep. 

TheHeirsTale-WEBTurning 50 was a bit of a non-event and I can’t even remember it now. Looking back, though, I suppose that it was a bit of a turning point. There were things I wanted to do and I thought I’d better do some of them before I got much older. One of them was publishing a novel. I published my first when I was 52. I’ve been telling stories for most of my life and I started writing them down about 50 years ago. It took me a while to find my niche and it turned out to be romances set in the fourteenth century. While I was at work I had to write during my lunchbreak, if I got one, or on trains when I was commuting to London. I’ve now published eleven novels. Eight are set in the fourteenth century and three in the Regency period, because who doesn’t enjoy imagining themselves floating around in an empire dress as the heroine of a Jane Austen novel?

I can’t say that it was a lifelong dream to have a blog in the way that it was to publish aBelovedBesieged-WEB novel, but I had been thinking about it for some time before I went live with A Writer’s Perspective in January 2015.  Like my novels, the blog is very niche. I’ve been fascinated by the Middle Ages since I was a teenager. That eventually crystallised into an interest in the fourteenth century. The Black Death holds me in its thrall. How did a society manage to survive so many deaths? Why didn’t it drive everyone insane? Whilst I’m interested in the lives of kings and dukes and earls, I’m more interested in the everyday lives of less exalted people. On the blog I’ve written about what they might have eaten, where their food came from and how they clothed themselves. It’s partly a way of recording my research for my novels, but it’s partly an excuse to allow me to pursue interesting things that will never make it into a novel.


The thing about writing, though, whether it’s a novel or a blog post, is that it means sitting in front of a keyboard and writing. I’d always been fairly fit, having walked and cycled to school and work when I could.  After I retired though, I discovered that I was only getting exercise when I walked to the shops once a week. Then, eighteen months ago, my sister introduced me to Parkrun. It’s a timed 5k run (or walk) and it takes place every Saturday morning in thousands of locations all over the world. Even better than that, though, there’s one fifteen minutes’ walk from my front door.  I thought I couldn’t run, but It turned out that I could. That first morning I ran a bit and walked a lot, but I was hooked. I did a couch to 5K programme and was soon running the whole course without any thought of walking. Now I run three times a week. I’m not fast, but I’ve discovered that I can run distances and enjoy it. I took part in my first 10k race in December and I’m hoping to run a half-marathon later in the year. I was inspired to start training for the half-marathon when I saw a film about Ginette Bedard, who ran her first marathon at 69 and ran in the New York Marathon last year at 86.

In the same way that it’s never too late to start running, it’s never too late to learn something new.  One of my birthday presents when I turned 60 was a dressmaking class. As a result of this, I’ve just bought my first sewing machine and I’ve started to make my own clothes. I won’t be appearing on The British Sewing Bee anytime soon, but I improve with each item I make. 

I think ‘it’s never too late’ is probably the encouragement I’d like to give to someone about to turn 50, because it really never is.

Thank you April, it’s been great to learn more about you.  Another inspirational guest who has achieved such a lot after turning fifty.

April Munday (2)April Munday is the author of romances set in the fourteenth century. She lives in Hampshire, where many of her stories are set.  In her head she lives in the fourteenth century, but only in her head; she has learned far too much about life in the Middle Ages to want to live there in reality.  She is inspired by the remnants of the past which are part of her local landscape. Her latest series, The Soldiers of Fortune, is set after the Battle of Poitiers, which changes the lives of four brothers.


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46 thoughts on “Amazing Over 50’s – April Munday

    1. Thank you Jennifer, if you love history you will enjoy April’s blog, it’s so interesting. Thank you for reading, it’s great meeting all these wonderful over 50’s isn’t it? After reading your blog, I’ll be pestering you with an invite soon 😊

  1. Fascinating post as usual. Always wanted to write some fiction and maybe a novel but never been brave enough to try. Interesting to read about someone who has made a real success of it.

    1. Me too, I’d love to write a book, I keep saying lack of time is my excuse. April is yet another inspirational guest. You must have a million stories in your back pocket Jon?! 😊

    1. Thank you. They’re both activities that I enjoy and they’re things that everyone can do, unless they’re my friend Steve whose knees won’t allow him to run. He is writing a book, though.

    1. A pleasure April, I had no idea you’d written so many books, brilliant! Writing a book is something I would love to do. Another inspirational guest, thank you again x

      1. That’s brilliant, April. I took up running when I was 40 and it was about three years before I was ready to take on a half marathon. Sadly, I only did three, and then my running was cut short owing to an injury. But I still look back on it as an achievement, and I’m sure you’re feeling that at the moment too. If not, you bloody well should be!

    1. I know, she’s amazing isn’t she?! Half marathon, I’m no where near doing that! Thank you Graeme

      1. When I was running, I always said I wouldn’t do a half marathon because I thought it was too far for me. I only did it in the end because I liked the idea of taking part in the Great North Run. I couldn’t do it now, so I really do take my hat off to April for this. It’s fantastic.

        1. I thought it was too much for me until I started finding out about women who started running when they were around my age and then ran marathons. Each time I do a longer run there’s a great sense of achievement, so I think that will carry me through to a half marathon.

  2. This was a great post. It was fun getting know parts of April’s personality that don’t appear on her blog! 🙂

    1. Thank you Lydia, I’m enjoying this series, always nice to find out a little more about the person behind a blog 😊

  3. It is recognition well due. April’s blogs have helped reconnect me to sorely missed medieval historical data. She, and like-minded writers in WordPress, linked me to research increasingly closed off due to disabilities and lack of funds. If I may one day rejoin life, I will be better prepared due to the blogs of such writers as April Munday.

    It is a critical gift deserving of unending thanks. I appreciate that April has received this accolade!

  4. Well done April, as I’ve mentioned to you it’s wonderful to follow your training. All the best for your first half Marathon. The first is always the most memorable. Mine was 🙂 Having met both you and Sam in the UK, I’m happy to still be connected via blogging. It’s very much a pleasure.

      1. Good luck and I don’t blame you! I always did it in the cooler months though cooler temperatures can’t be guaranteed in spring or autumn. Crazy hot weather at the moment!

  5. How wonderful to learn about another writer who didn’t start writing for publication until after 50. 11 books already, wow! I so recall writing on my lunch break and on the bus. I got a dog after I retired and she keeps me from sitting at the computer all day. Your books sound wonderful, I love both eras. A great post, Sam!

  6. Hi, April – Its wonderful to meet you here and to learn a bit about you. Thank you, Sam, for bringing us another inspiring story!

  7. Having been impressed with the blog for I don’t know how long, including the meticulous research behind it, as well as your prowess as a writer, I had no idea about the running. Wow, April! Now I’m thinking I should get off my backside more!

    1. Thank you, Mike. One of the things that got me off my own backside was the research that shows that running isn’t just good for your physical health, but it’s also good for your mental health. One of my friends has seen the difference it’s made to me and she started running at the end of last year. It’s never too late to start. The woman who finished behind me at Parkrun this morning is 70 and she only started running last year.

  8. Great post, Sam! Thanks for featuring April. I appreciate the care she puts into her blog research, so I enjoyed hearing all the amazing things she does behind the screen!

    1. Thank you Sarah, yes April does some great research for her blog and it’s always interesting to hear more about the person behind the writing 🙂

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