“While I am devoted to performing arts, my deepest passion is for literature. My retiree life changed overnight in 2018 when I attended a creative writing workshop presented by the Martin Arts Council. It was in this short, one-session workshop that, like a lightbulb, the story I had held in my head for decades ignited into reality. For the next two and a half years I was consumed by preparing for, writing, and publishing my first book, the memoir Don’t Fault the Moon. I attended additional courses, became a member of the bi-monthly Cummings Library Writer’s Group, enrolled in online workshops and classes, attended a week-long writers’ retreat, and devoured everything I could get my hands on about writing. I may be the only American woman who was grateful for the isolated weeks and months of the pandemic as I spent them in the company of the arts – reading and writing. My published book exists today as a testament to the difference an organization like the Arts Council can make upon an individual, and thus, upon the body of work that represents all artistic endeavors of a community.” Nancy lives here in Stuart.