2 Broads Abroad: Moms Fly the Coop Book Tour @2_BroadsAbroad @GoddessFish

February 9, 2016

2 Broads Abroad

Moms Fly the Coop

by Deborah Serra and Nancy Serra Greene

 

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GENRE: Nonfiction, Motherhood, Travel Memoir

 

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.

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Excerpt

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!”

Purchase Link

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Author Interview

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

My favorite ice cream flavor is Vanilla Swiss Almond.  My sister doesn’t like ice cream, which seems crazy to me.

Which mythological creature are you most like?

I would love to be more like a Phoenix.  A Phoenix is the golden bird that bursts into flames at the end of its life and then is reborn. How fabulous to soar through the skies, wings stretcher, head in the wind, and how dramatic to then burst into flames. Nothing wrong with a little drama now and then. I like the resilience of the Phoenix – that appeals to me.

First book you remember making an indelible impression on you.

The first book I remember reading was Charlotte’s Web. I was completely absorbed by the story and the characters.  I believe the book fostered within me a deep empathy for animals that has influenced my entire life. I remember hearing a few years ago that E.B. White (the author) was reading the book for an audio, books-on-tape version and when he got to the part where Charlotte died it took seventeen tries before he could read it without crying. Yeah, I’m right there with him.

How do you develop your plot and characters?

For this current book, 2 BROADS ABROAD: Moms Fly the Coop we made little note cards of different events in our kids’ lives that we thought were humorous or universally relatable for other mothers. Then we followed the course of our road trip (which gave us tons of material, much of it embarrassing and unintentional) and juxtaposed the two so that the story lay out smoothly.

Describe your writing space.

My sister and I would meet and review our progress in one of our kitchens.  When working apart, I worked in my son’s old bedroom. I have a tall wooden desk in there and it was nice to have a brand new purpose for that room. Deborah has an office space in her home off her bedroom; it has beautiful windows, light, and looks out onto a wooden area.

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About the Author

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 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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Giveaway

Deborah Serra and Nancy Serra Greene will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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16 Comments

  • Sandra Watts March 6, 2016 at 1:26 am

    Hope your enjoying your weekend.

  • Nikolina February 11, 2016 at 2:43 am

    Enjoyed reading your interview, thank you!

  • Sandra Watts February 10, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    I think it looks like a great and fun read.

  • Eva Millien February 10, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Enjoyed the excerpt and interview, sounds like a terrific read, thanks for sharing!

  • Betty W February 10, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Hi Deborah and Nancy, I really enjoyed the excerpt and interview! Thank you for sharing and for the contest!

  • Ree Dee February 10, 2016 at 3:26 am

    I really loved the interview! I love Swiss Almond Vanilla too!My best friend and I bought a pint each and had a movie marathon. It was a blast.

    Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

  • Dario February 10, 2016 at 1:08 am

    I really loved the interview, thank you for sharing!

  • Suzie M February 9, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    I enjoyed the excerpt Having 3 sisters I can relate

  • Sue A. February 9, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    I always envy sisters, imagining they must have a special bond. I know that is not true for all sisters but I feel in this case it is. Great interview!

  • Mary Preston February 9, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    A great interview. Not liking ice-cream is crazy. I agree.

  • Victoria February 9, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Great interview and I enjoyed reading the excerpt! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • momjane February 9, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    I really loved this excerpt.

  • Rita Wray February 9, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    I liked the excerpt.

  • Trix February 9, 2016 at 11:16 am

    I’ve never gotten through CHARLOTTE’S WEB for that reason!

  • Deborah February 9, 2016 at 10:47 am

    2 BROADS are looking for suggestions for their next trip. Visit our Facebook page and chime in! Nancy and I hope you enjoy our fun and sentimental book.

  • Goddess Fish Promotions February 9, 2016 at 5:34 am

    Thanks for hosting!