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Jill Carlyle

Author, Book Coach, Motivational Speaker


From high school dropout to college professor...

An inspirational journey of reflection, discovery, self-acceptance, and forgiveness. A memoir of overcoming and rising in midlife.

Finding Fifty is every woman’s story—different chapters—but every woman’s story. This isn’t your typical bildungsroman, coming-of-age tale; this is a coming-into-age journey. Finding Fifty is a collection of shared stories about what it means to be a middle-aged woman (with lots of baggage) and the rise to one's personal best despite a lifetime of insurmountable odds. Equally, it is an important message about the bold reckoning and courageous leap into mid-life for every woman.

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Thank you for meeting me here...

I started writing because I have something to say. Actually, a lot of "somethings."


I've always loved to create and tell stories whether through music or the written word. For years, writing was something I did privately through journaling, poetry, and song; I have been connected to words, their meaning, and the emotions they evoke my entire life. Actions may speak louder than words, but words pack a much more powerful punch. 


Stories are the core of humanity. When we share our stories with each other we connect. Every shared story is a chance to make someone else feel less alone. I'm here to share my stories with you. Through my life experiences, I hope you see a bit of yourself, the person you are, and the power you wield just by being you.   

I'm a writer of prose, both fiction and non. I'm a Professor of English Composition and Literature, book coach, editor, and podcast host (coming soon!).


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Finding Fifty: A Memoir of Rising in Midlife

What readers are saying about Finding Fifty

"A powerful story of overcoming adversity, healing from your past and creating the life you need to thrive."


"I write to record what others erase when I speak, to rewrite the stories others have miswritten about me, about you."

Gloria Anzaldua

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