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First Book Finished at Age 57
Yesterday is history.
At 42, this cotton-picker's daughter went back to school. A couple of years later, due to extreme illness, Margaret Marie Boykin thought she was ready to climb under the covers of death's bed.
"I wanted to be an example and do something with my life," Boykin said in an April interview. "I looked at my children and my family. You want to be a credit to your own. If I can do something, that would give credit because I owe this to them. And this book is what it was."
The work on her book, now titled "Call This Baby Margaret Marie - My Life, My Love, Words that Heal," gave her a life's goal, and it's taken 10 years. She recorded her earlier life as she continued to live her life.
"I wrote a love story to my loved ones," she explains. "I originally was writing just a plain autobiography, but it seemed like it was getting very difficult, with remembering everything and all the dialogue."
She had a ton of ideas, but needed some help to organize them, so she put herself among professional writers and learned. Then a friend suggested poetry, which she had done before. At 57 she has finished her first book.