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‘Barely Retired’

Article Published: Feb. 20 | Modified: Feb. 20
‘Barely Retired’

Sometimes, life pushes and pulls you in directions that seem confusing at the time, but can also set you up for much better things to come.

Area resident Adam Lawler discovered this intrinsic value when a series of blows left him contemplating his next move.

In 2008, Lawler lost his job at a West Jefferson car dealership with its closing. He was dealt another life-altering moment when he found out he was legally blind.

“I said to myself, ‘I guess I will write something,’” Lawler recalled.

Lawler had always been the proverbial “writer of the bunch.”

He would occasionally contribute an article for the local newspaper or write a newsletter for work. He would also pen his name to pieces for his ham radio club.

So, Lawler forced himself to sit down at the computer and turn something out. The only problem was the process wasn’t as smooth as he thought it might be. He had always written short pieces with ease, but writing something of this magnitude was a different animal.

In short, Lawler abandoned the project, but he could not escape the allure of writing.

“It never happened, and I just forgot about it,” he said. “About a year ago, an idea hit me for a book, and back in April, I just started writing. From there, it kept going. The characters came to life and became real people to me.”

Entitled “Barely Retired,” the plot follows a recently retired detective who is drawn back into the realm of investigation once a murder captures the attention of him and his wife, while they’re on a cross country trip.

“He (the protagonist) gets involved in trying to solve the murder when local authorities are not up to the job,” Lawler said.

Like many murder-mysteries, the book does have some risqué moments, including ventures through a nudist colony and strip club. But Lawler said it has a certain redeeming qualities as a morality tale with a spiritual component, which will prompt readers to ask their own questions.

After completing the book, Lawler realized his quest to become a published author had only just begun.

“Self-publishing has been a journey in itself,” Lawler said. “It’s probably more of a journey than writing a novel. If you publish the traditional way and submit to a literary agent, they still have to turn around and sell it to a publisher. If they do, the publisher may make you rewrite the whole book to meet a commercial demand.”

After some thought, Lawler opted to take a more proactive approach in getting his book in the hands of readers by instead self-publishing.

Even if he does find a publisher in the near future, Lawler pointed out that he can still pull the book from the realm of the electronic world and go the more traditional path — it all depends on what he thinks is the best fit.

“I decided that for me, starting out, my best option was to self-publish and to get feedback faster,” Lawler said.

To download the Kindle version of “Barely Retired,” visit and search “Barely Retired” in the search box. Lawler is also hoping for a print edition in the near future.

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