French Cajun Nora Broussard Greenwood was born with the wanderlust. However, her adventurous spirit doesn’t fit the sedate expectations of 1960s catholic New
suburbia. On a whim, she takes flying lessons to become a pilot. Nora discovers the liberating freedom of flight, but an illicit affair with her pilot instructor complicates all. Confronting her ruthless husband for a divorce, Nora is temporarily grounded. Cast out of her home sans her children, she is threatened with her life. Desperate to regain them, she steals her husband’s plane. Trials and tribulations erupt as she navigates the turbulence her life has become. In a bizarre twist of fate, she survives by serving as caregiver to her lover’s sickly wife; hoping he will fall further in love with her as his soul mate. But is that to be? Nora must make the most difficult decision of her life in order to get things back on track. Orleans
Welcome Jeanette! Thanks so much for your visit today. It’s great to get this chance to find out more about you. Tell us about your current release.
FLYING SOLO depicts the death defying adventures of French Cajun Nora Broussard Greenwood who was born with the wanderlust. Her adventurous spirit doesn’t fit the sedate expectations of 1960s catholic New
suburbia. On a whim, she takes flying lessons to become a pilot. Nora discovers the liberating freedom of flight, but an illicit affair with her pilot instructor complicates all. When she confronts her ruthless husband for a divorce, Nora is temporarily grounded. She is cast out of her home sans her children, and threatened with her life. Desperate to regain them, she steals her husband’s plane. Trials and tribulations erupt as she navigates the turbulence her life has become. Desperate to regain her self esteem, post domestic violence, she survives by serving as caregiver to her lover’s sickly wife. It was a bizarre twist of fate but part of self-preservation. She hoping her close proximity to her paramour will cause him to fall further in love with her as his soul mate. But is that to be? Nora must make the most difficult decision of her life in order to get things back on track. The realities of this tale are based on true antics. Orleans
Did travel play in the writing of your book?
Yes. I have travelled extensively throughout the South and
. I know the city very well, as my mother’s family all grew up and still live there. The sights, sounds, and foods of this eclectic Mardi Gras town are very familiar to me, thus making the story intriguing to write about. New Orleans
What do you think makes a good story?
It sounds trite, but a solid beginning, middle and end woven with richly developed characters that make you care about what happens to them. Each scene and action should propel a story forward and make the reader salivate to find out what happens next.
Does your significant other read your stuff?
Absolutely! He is my first test reader and sometimes a tough critic. I also have family members or friends close to parts of the story take a read. It is important for my material to resonate authenticity. I want the reader to feel that they are right there, in the moment. No matter what time frame that happens to take place.
Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they?
Set aside a time everyday to writer. Express your thoughts, feelings and ideas in journals or a blog. Hone your craft and find your style. Don’t write what you think is the common fad. Write about what you love. For me, those are stories about strong, independent women who defy the norm. I look for and generate stories about characters that I admire, woman who made a difference. Besides fictional character in my book, some are real life characters who are Belles of Steel in my blog at www.jeanettevaughan.com .
Tell us about your next release.
Currently I am working on the sequel to FLYING SOLO. Everyone who reads it can’t wait to find out what happens to Nora next. SOLO VIETNAM is during the tuburlent late 1960s. It takes the characters to the Vietnam War during the Tet Offensive of 1968. Everyone wants to know what happens to the lovers Nora and Steve. They are chomping at the bits for me to finish it. The sequel is a second book in the trilogy of the story. The third book, TRUAMA QUEEN will finally answer all of the questions and complete the story. I am loving writing the sequel. I missed living within my characters. So it is nice to embrace time with them again.
I began my writing career as a young nurse. My first piece, at age 21, was an article on dying with dignity for the Lubbock Avalanche Journal garnering critical acclaim. I followed that work with several more articles for nursing journals and periodicals. Most notably publishing in the Journal of Nursing Education with the article, “Is there really racism in nursing?”
I have served as a nurse in a career which spans over 29 years in the areas of critical care, trauma, geriatrics and nursing education. One of my favorite assignments was working Level I trauma in
. While completing my Master’s degree in nursing from Sydney, Australia Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, I wrote a full length screenplay entitled, “Angel of Mercy” which examines the real life journey of a hot oil truck driver of West Texas who in 1970 becomes a nurse.
My next project was the production and scripting of a four part video series entitled, “All About Aging.” Abbey Foster Care and Kimberly Quality Care were the corporate sponsors of this award winning educational piece on how to care for older adults. Hospitals and clinics internationally purchased hundreds of copies and used this intriguing video series to teach their clients.
Characters that challenge the norm, thinking and acting outside the box as pioneers are what make me tick. They are the subjects of my many forays into writing. My two oldest boys are pilots for the Navy. My daughter a successful manager of furniture sales. My youngest son and I live on a sheep farm in northeast
. I am always looking for the next great tale to tell. Texas
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