Sunday, September 29, 2013

Whittier writer sells first romance novel at 96

Hilda Lassalette, 96, shows the cover of her first book, a romance novel. She was photographed at her Whittier, Calif., home on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News) 

Hilda started out writing on the school paper at Whittier High where she graduated in 1934. “They sent me out to write about all the things the students were doing on campus. The interesting stuff.”
Some of that interesting stuff would find its way into her future romance novels. By ’38, Hilda had found her own romance and was married. She began working as a stenographer for the General Petroleum Co. in Los Angeles while raising two children. Her husband of 61 years, John — the romance in her own life — died in 1999 at age 83.
By then Hilda had been a charter member of the Writers’ Club of Whittier for 20 years, and sold more than 40 short stories to teenage and young adults magazines. But never a romance novel until her 96th year.

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