No stranger to writing Leslie C. Youngblood our 2010 Aspiring Writer winner has had many jobs where writing was at the core of her responsibilities. Even though her jobs required her to write aricles and business coorespondence her passion was fiction both reading and writing it. Currently, an associate professor of creative writing at Lincoln University in Jeffferson City, Missouri Youngblood continues to put pen to paper and it was her entry At Forty that won over our judges. Here is what she had to say about the inspiration behind this compelling story:
"At Forty was born from my trip to Ghana, but it's totally fiction. Many people have never seen Ghana or other parts of Africa outside of what appears on late night television with missionary work at its core. In At Forty, I purposely transported my character to Ghana as soon as possible so that people so that people can see her in that setting. Shes comfortable with her life but at forty years of age, she's at the point where she decides to take action and follow her heart. Her heart leads her to Ghana."