For Patti Karwatowicz, retirement meant the opportunity to work.
“There is just this desire within me to write, and has been ever since I was young,” said Karwatowicz, 72. “I just loved writing, but in those days, you were either a teacher or a nurse, so that’s what I did.”
In 2005, the nurse and mother of four grown children released a series of three faith-based children’s books.
“Inspiration comes from looking at something in a new way. Could there be a story about a shiny red apple, a child’s song or a sprig of parsley? There was. I wrote them.”
Last month, the Naperville resident released her fourth book, “Real Mysterious Easter Eggs,” a story about the true meaning of Easter aimed at early readers.
“I loved Patricia Karwatowicz’s new book,” said Mary Sandford, a grandmother of 14 who bought the book. “The relationship between the kids and their grandmother is clearly strong as they color eggs together in a unique way that gives the grandmother opportunity to share her childhood with them.”
Karwatowicz said as a “grandmother-writer,” she gets to “hang out with lots of cool people younger than me, which keeps me on my toes.”
“Real Mysterious Easter Eggs” (Guardian Angel Publishing, $10.95) is available online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and at www.pattikwrites.com.
1. What would someone be surprised to learn about you?
“I can still jump on a pogo stick. I make a tasty apple pie from scratch. I was the youngest of 11 kids.”
2. Where do your writing?
“I have my very own computer next to my husband’s computer in our little den. (It has) pictures of our grandkids on the walls, a window to look out at the sky, and I spend way too much time there typing my life away.”
3. What do you do in your spare time?
“Read! Write. Cook. Walk the Riverwalk. Talk with kids.”
4. Do you have a favorite children’s book or children’s author?
“Naperville author Andrea Beatty’s book “Iggie Peck the Architect,” E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web,” and Kenneth Grahame’s “The Wind in the Willows.”
5. How do you get your start writing?
“Get retired. Take a computer class. Add writing classes. Attend conferences. Join professional organizations. Add critique group. Write. Write more. Send stuff to magazines and editors — for years.”
Develop a thick skin for all those rejections. Write and write more. Get an acceptance letter from an editor. Jump for joy. Market it. Keep writing.”