04 March 2016

Book Tour & Giveaway ~ 2 Broads Abroad: Moms Fly The Coop by Deborah Serra & Nancy Serra Greene

2 Broads Abroad: Moms Fly the Coop
by Deborah Serra and Nancy Serra Greene

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Genre: Nonfiction, Motherhood, Travel Memoir



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.



As Nancy and I attended to the final decisions of our trip we bumped into Nancy’s neighbor Susan again.  Evidently, Vicki had had enough since Susan was out trolling unsuspecting neighbors on her own.  

“You realize that they have no Americans With Disabilities Act in the UK,” Susan said as she leaned in toward me. 

Susan stood too close and never blinked.  Have you ever tried to have a reasonable conversation with someone who doesn’t blink?  You look at one eye, then become uncomfortable and look at the other eye, then you think, “Maybe I’ll look down.”  I spent more time strategizing about where to put my gaze than listening to her babble.  Susan was nosy and toxic, not that I’m judging or anything.  I exchanged a look with Nancy who raised her eyebrows at me as a warning.  I knew she was concerned about what I might say because she thinks that sometimes I’m blunt or impatient, which is absolutely untrue, or at least only modestly true. Gossipy negative women are a flash point for me. (Nancy claims I have several flash points, but…naw…what do little sisters know anyway?)

Trying very hard to keep the scorn out of my tone I explained, “The UK stands for United Kingdom and not United States, so the laws are actually different, Susie,” I said.

“It’s Susan,” she replied with a little edge. 

Go ahead, I thought, get edgy – I’ll meet you there.

“I mean to say,” she continued, “that the European airports have tons of stairs and don’t you think it will be so difficult physically for you both to lug suitcases up and down all those stairs?”

“I do usually like to bring my husband, who doubles as a personal Sherpa, but since we are only taking one rolling bag and one personal item it’s not going to be an issue.”

“We are?” asked Nancy wide-eyed.

“And, Susie…”


“Sure.  The rolling bag we’re taking is by REI and it can turn into a backpack should we encounter a long staircase so we actually have it all figured out.  But thank you for helping us to identify yet another possible negative.”

“Oh,” she said with a fake grin and squinty eyes.  “Certainly.”

As we walked away, I saw Nancy looked a little pale.

“Hey, I’m sorry.  There is just something almost hyena-like about that that woman.  You know, sitting in the weeds, hoping for a kill she can live off of?”

“Deborah, that’s a little dramatic.”

“The only analogy that came to me.”

“But about the carry-on thing, you’re just annoying her, right?  You don’t really think we can go away for a couple of weeks with one small suitcase?”

So maybe I have a reputation as a woman who is still wearing the jeans she bought in 1975, but that’s not true. Those jeans fell apart last year.  I cremated them and they sit in an urn on the mantle — sometimes I light a candle.

Nancy, I am serious.  We need practical and comfortable.  It’s only the two of us. I’m thinking two pair of jeans, a pair of stretch sweats, several shirts, raincoat, done.”

“I’m thinking I am traveling to a foreign country and I want clean clothing and options.  I want to be prepared.”

“For what?”

“For whatever?”

“Won’t it be awesome to travel light and not worry about those things?”

“Won’t it be awesome to have something clean and appropriate to wear no matter what we encounter?”

“But if we check luggage, you know the airlines will probably lose our luggage, and we’ll be moving around so much it might be hard to catch up with us.  We won’t be tied down by anything this way.  And there will be extra baggage fees.  Let’s do this like we expect to plan a lot of future trips.  I really want to travel light.  We need to be flexible, not fashionable.”

“What if we need something nice?”

“For what?  It’s only you and me.  We’ve watched each other give birth, really, we’ve already seen the worst.”


2 Broads Abroad: Moms Fly the Coop

What would we find under your bed?

Boxes of grammar school art drawings made by my two kids. I didn’t have the heart to throw them away, but they were taking up critical closet space. I know it’s silly to keep them, but I shoved them under the bed anyway. Don’t tell anyone.

What was the scariest moment of your life?

It was the middle of the night, and I was sixteen-years-old. The police were pursuing a robbery suspect and they had entered our dark home, guns drawn, in black assault gear. They called me out of my bedroom and I walked into the hall, sleepy, to find several officers pointing guns at me. It has had residual effects on my sleeping habits ever since. If you read our book 2 Broads Abroad: Mom Fly the Coop you’ll hear the rest of that story.

Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?

No, I love music – so it’s too distracting.

What is something you'd like to accomplish in your writing career next year?

My sister and I would like to take another road trip together – somewhere exotic. 2 Broads Abroad Are Off Again! We are debating where we should go and are planning to take suggestions on our Facebook page. We enjoyed writing as a team so much we’d like to do it again. We especially loved writing a story that was sentimental, as well as humorous, and heart-warming as well as inspirational.

How long did it take you to write this book?

It took about six months to get a solid first draft. Then we tossed it back and forth between us for another couple of months.

What are your favorite TV shows?

I enjoy The Good Wife, Blacklist, and The Big Bang Theory. All very different and enjoyable for different reasons.

What is your favorite meal?

We live very close to the Mexican border and so Mexican foods and preparation are a staple for us. I’ve had Mexican food in other parts of the country, and frankly, they don’t know what’s up. And I can also say that a meal is not complete for me without a salad. If there’s no salad – I’m out.

If you were to write a series of novels, what would it be about?

We are hoping that our 2 Broads Abroad project will develop into a series. We genuinely enjoyed working together, writing humor enhanced with the universal memories of motherhood, and all the excitement inherent in travel. We both think there’s another couple of books here.

Is there a writer you idolize? If so who?

I do idolize Dickens. Here was a writer who not only had a way of reaching deep inside a reader with his elegant language and heart-rending stories, but who also was able to bring you into a conflict by illuminating both sides of a struggle. He was a unique writer who managed to entertain while truly effecting a serious social change for the good within the world he lived. While maintaining a credible and creative story he made society review: debtors prison, child labor, orphans, and the underlying pressures and horrors of the French revolution and its aftermath. He’s untouchable.

How did you come up for the title of this book?

The “2 Broads Abroad” part came immediately to mind for both of us. The subtitle took forever! We had numerous possibilities, but our publisher just kept asking for more. After probably fourteen or fifteen options we chose “Moms Fly the Coop”, and now we wonder how we didn’t see that instantly – of course, it’s perfect.


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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  1. This book sounds like a fun read, looking forward to it

  2. This book sounds like a fun read, looking forward to it

    1. We hope you have the time to read and enjoy. It's a fun, middle of the night, sit on the beach, bus, doctor's office, airplane kind of book. Guaranteed to make you smile. Deborah & Nancy

  3. 2 BROADS thank Liz for hosting us on her gorgeous website today!

  4. If you could travel to a country you've never been to before, where would it be?

  5. It sounds like you had such a good time. I really enjoyed the comments.

  6. Enjoyed the interview and excerpt, sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing!

  7. Very entertaining interview!


  8. So looking forward to reading this. Enjoyed the excerpt!

  9. I loved the excerpt and I enjoyed reading the interview - thanks for sharing!

  10. I really enjoyed this entire post! I can't wait to read this! I've been laughing out loud as I read the excerpts and interview! Thank you for sharing!

  11. Sounds like a very good book. What was the hardest part of writing this book for you?

  12. I enjoyed the interview. Thank you for sharing the post and the giveaway!

  13. Sounds like a great read, thank you for the interesting interview!