I’m featuring and interview with co-authors Deborah Serra and Nancy Serra Greene. We’re chatting about their travel motherhood memoir, 2 Broads Abroad: Moms Fly the Coop.
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bit about the book:
sisters, Deborah & Nancy, discovered that motherhood was a temp job they
decided to run away from home. After packing up that last kid for college, and
facing the sad stillness of their suddenly quiet homes, they decided to leave
the country. 2
Broads Abroad: Moms Fly the Coop is a funny, irreverent,
occasionally poignant travel tale of their impulsive road trip around Ireland.
In this witty warm-hearted adventure, they experienced some of Ireland’s
quirkier history while sharing universally relatable stories of maniacal school
coaches, neurotic neighbors, and tiger moms. Having kicked that empty nest into
their rearview mirror, the sisters took off careening down the wrong side of
the road, making questionable choices, getting trapped in a medieval tower,
sneaking Chinese take-out into a famous cooking school, drinking way too much,
and gaining a changed perspective on their lives ahead.
cover for the book you are touring?
cover from Where’d you go Bernadette.
We discussed this with our publisher and then left it up to his graphic artist.
We were really pleased with the way it turned out.
thought about the phases of our lives at each juncture of change: our own
departure from home, our first real job, our marriages, the birth of our
children, all of the big phases of change held out something new for us. This
change was shaping up very differently. This change was loss – complete
dissolution of the fundamental family structure forever and that was all. We
had to plan. We needed to be proactive. The alternative was to be left standing
frozen in time, in a life that had moved on without us, and to become observers
and visitors in our kids’ lives. Not acceptable. So, we set our imaginations
– where could we go?
Deborah, I was thinking more along the lines of a bucolic vineyard in Tuscany. You
know, stroll along the hills, sample the fruit of the vine, nectar of the
sore, smelly, and hot. And I understand camels are mean and they spit. They
spit, Deborah. What about a civilized boat ride down the Rhine River in
Germany? They have castles and I know how you like castles.”
our first trip together. I’d like to steer clear of nations at war, places we’d
need to wear a burka, or can’t speak the language, or ride on an angry animal. Surely
we can agree on somewhere.”
little research and a rental car we can see the entire island in a couple of
Deborah Serra has
been a sought-after screenwriter for twenty-five years having written for NBC,
CBS, Sony, Lifetime, Fox, and others. She was a recipient of the 2012
Hawthornden Literary Fellowship. Her first novel was a semi-finalist for the
William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Award given by the Faulkner
Society in New Orleans, LA.
Nancy Serra Greene is a graduate of San Diego
State University. She worked in medical sales before stepping away to raise her
two children, at which point she became: Team Mom, Snack Mom, PTA member,
Assistance League Volunteer, and the list is never-ending. Nancy was the editor
and publisher of the Buffalo Hills Echo newsletter with a circulation of 1400.
She also designed and managed her community website.