Writing as ‘second act’ subject of author presentation at Peregrine

After career as Science Center CEO, Phoenix woman publishes fiction

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Sheila Grinell

No science talk, no more analytical writing. Sheila Grinell left that behind after more than 20 years heading up the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix. Now she writes novels.

Grinell will appear at Peregrine Book Company at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, to speak about her new career, a “second act,” writing fiction.

She was in her 60s when she published her first book, “Appetite.” She included a scientist in the novel that deals with conflict between baby boomer parents and millennial children.

“Writing as a ‘second act’ is thrilling and humbling. I use skills and work habits learned in my first act to express thoughts and feelings – the fruit of decades – that I hadn’t tackled before,” Grinell said. “Every new chapter poses a challenge: make it better than the last.”

The Peregrine Bookstore is located at 219 N. Cortez St., Prescott.