GHOSTWRITER AND COLLABORATOR
The first woman in history to complete a 100-meter run at the age of 100, often competing
against runners young enough to be her great-grandchildren, Ida Keeling is known around
the world as an activist and athlete who won't slow down. She was in her sixties when her
sons died at the hands of murderers with no one to answer for their deaths. She started
running at the age of 67 to chase away the grief. (Zondervan; 2018).
Miss Ida and I clicked at our first meeting. She is smart, funny, honest and a straight shooter. I explained how the world of book publishing worked and what she could expect from me. When the meeting ended, we both knew that ours was a good match. For the next three months, I asked questions and she answered. Finally, I had enough material for a rough first draft. I started writing her book. Once that was done, I could see the holes. In other words, I was able to see where parts of her life story needed more explanation. I was able to see where more dialogue or description would be helpful to the reader. I went back to her with more questions and got more answers. After that, she didn't hear from me for about six weeks. When I was done, I sent the manuscript to her for approval. She loved it! Off it went to the publisher!
She has been interviewed by Vogue, The New York Times, Essence and many running magazines. She has also appeared on Steve Harvey's TV show as well as on the View where Whoopi Goldberg gave copies of the book to everyone in the studio audience.
I am happy for Miss Ida. I am proud of the book.