Local author gets book published

Published 10:45 am Thursday, September 2, 2010

Luverne’s Lillian Rice recently did something not too many people ever accomplish – she got a book published.

Her thriller “Holes? What Holes?” was recently published by publishamerica.com, but that’s not the only thing that makes Rice special.

Rice is also 92 years old.

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“I’m not a person who can sit and rock and just hold my hands,” Rice said.

That need to be active eventually led her to write her book.

Rice resides at Lake Haven Assisted Living Facility, and when she started her book, she was typing on a typewriter.

However, it wasn’t long before she moved to a personal computer.

“I was pulled kicking and screaming into using a computer,” she laughed. “Now I wouldn’t give it up.”

Rice lived in Miami shortly after “the war,” and she drew on those experiences for the setting of her book.

“Biscayne Bay is beautiful, and I was familiar with the territory, so I just put that with the golf course for a setting,” she said.

Rice also had a number of other travel experiences to use, like visiting every state except Alaska and Hawaii and traveling overseas twice.

Born in Fort Deposit, Rice grew up in Louisville and graduated from Clayton.

She worked as an English teacher and also lived in St. Louis and St. Petersburg.

Rice has been back in Luverne for two years, and she counts Jill Andrews, one of the owners of Lake Haven, as a big influence on her.

“Jill has done so much for me,” said Rice.

When she’s not using her computer to write, she uses e-mail to keep up with her grandson, Shawn Casey, who is a soldier in Afghanistan and Kaitlyn and David Stone, two college students from Dothan who Rice babysat as children and still talks to today.

Rice’s book can be found online at www.publishamerica.com, and she’s already working on her next project, called “(Mrs.) Judas Iscariot who?”

“I’ve had to do a lot of research while writing this one,” Rice said.

When she’s not researching, writing, or e-mailing, Rice said she likes to go fishing in Barbour County.

“I just wanted to accomplish something that shows that at 92, you’re not out of life,” she said.