Best-selling author Stephen King has turned 60, a milestone that forces him to accept that he's no longer middle-aged.

"I look the same as I ever did when I look in the mirror. I can still see the kid there. But people seeing you see someone who's older. I went to a movie theater, and the woman asked if I wanted my golden-ager discount. I asked how old you have to be for that, and she said 65. I said 'Not yet, dear,"' King, whose birthday was in September, told the Bangor Daily News in Bangor, Maine.

In a wide-ranging interview, the longtime supporter of Democratic candidates also said he is backing Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for president.

"We need a big change," King said, speaking by phone from his winter home near Sarasota, Fla.