I've been asked if I would have chosen writing as a career earlier in my life if I'd known myself better or had different guidance.
I'm a late bloomer when it comes to writing. Until nearing retirement, I didn't think to use my B.A. and M.A.T. in English and my MBA studies to become a published author. I thought about it when I needed a way to make money where age didn't matter. With publishing, all that matters is the quality of the book.
I had exciting work before becoming an author. Early in my career, I was Chief Clerk of a U.S. Senate Subcommittee in Washington, DC. At the end of my corporate career, I was database administrator for one of the top 10 U.S. law firms. I was on its team to develop its first website.
My corporate work experiences all added to my ability to create a business as an author. That experience includes my association with attorneys where I learned the importance of the right words used in the right sequence. It also includes my database experience. Learning to organize vast amounts of data made it easier for me to manipulate 80,000+ words in the novel.
I prepared for this new author career as a senior citizen by taking several years of craft classes. You readers may find that, even at an early age, you need to re-train to follow your dream -- especially in this rapidly changing world dependent on technology.