Interview with memoirists Deborah Serra and Nancy Serra Greene

Today
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.

During
their virtual book tour, Deborah and Nancy will
be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice) gift card to a
lucky randomly drawn winner. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your
chances of winning, feel free to visit their other tour stops and enter there,
too!
A little
bit about the book:
When
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.

Who designed the book
cover for the book you are touring?
We had a lot of ideas for the book cover. We loved the colors from the
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.
Excerpt from 2 Broads Abroad: Moms Fly the Coop:
When we
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
loose.
We considered our location. Now that we knew we were leaving
– where could we go?
“Angkor Wat,” I said.
“Wat what?” Nancy asked.
“It’s the largest temple in the world, built in 1125.”
“Where is it?”
 “Cambodia.”
“Uh, huh.
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
gods?”
“Oh. Okay, how would you feel about a camel trek in
Morocco?”
“Probably
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.”
“I do like castles, but don’t you think we should go more
exotic?”
“This is
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.”
“I’ve always wanted to see where grandma’s family came
from.”
“Me, too!”
“With a
little research and a rental car we can see the entire island in a couple of
weeks.”
“Perfect. Ireland it is!”

Can you describe your dream home?
My dream home would be in the mountains surrounded by trees. This mountain contemporary home would have lots of large windows, giving you the feeling of living in a tree house. The décor would be warm with a stone fireplace and a large dinning room for family dinners.
If we were to come to your house for a meal, what would you give us to eat?
I love making Mexican food. We live in Southern California and so we’re close to the international border with Mexico and our two cultures have blended in a lot of very positive ways. My Go To dinner would be Tortilla soup, and chicken & steak street tacos, with lots of toppings: sour cream , several salsa’s, and definitely lots of homemade guacamole. (Okay, now I’m hungry.)
Tell us about the absolute BEST fan letter you have received.
In this digital age we haven’t received any fan letters although that would be really nice. We have had readers post online. This was our favorite:
I loved this book! It was funny, poignant and inspiring, all rolled into one joyful adventure. For me, it perfectly matched the conflicting emotions I felt when my child moved out and realization of the new normal moved in. And when the authors decided to run away from home, I couldn’t wait to join them.”
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
This has been an ongoing discussion between my sister and me. We have drastically different tastes and travel desires. I’m more of a lovely Tuscan wine and cheese tour, and she’s more of a camel ride through Morocco…so. We are taking suggestions on our Facebook page. If all else fails we’ll draw straws.

Author bios:

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.

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Thanks for being here today, ladies! 

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14 thoughts on “Interview with memoirists Deborah Serra and Nancy Serra Greene

  1. Judy Schechter says:

    Congratulations on your new release it sounds wonderful! Good luck on the tour and thank you for the awesome giveaway!

  2. Deborah & Nancy says:

    2 BROADS thank Lisa for hosting us on her page today. We trying to decide on our next trip and are taking suggestions on our Facebook page! Deborah & Nancy

  3. Unknown says:

    I really enjoyed your interview. It sounds like you had a wonderful time and I can't wait to read your book! LOVE the title!

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