After years of writing and selling radio and TV commercials while rearing four daughters as a single mom, Jeanne Charters became VP of marketing for Viacom TV.
Next, she opened the award-winning advertising agency, Charters Marketing, with her second husband, Matt Restivo. “He’s the business brain, I’m the creative one.” Charters says.
The writing bug had bitten Jeanne as a child, but she ignored the itch until her girls were educated. Then she started scratching with a vengeance.
“People sometimes wonder how a character surfaces in a writer’s mind. ‘Where did she come from anyway?
For me, Mary Boland thundered onto the page after a wise teacher told me to ‘write what I don’t know about what I do know.’ That was the kicker I needed.
I heard her magical name throughout my Irish-American childhood from my mother and aunts. She was my great-great-grandmother. There were no pictures of her and no records of her accomplishments, but she came to me in dreams…a frisky young girl with curly red hair, riding her horse along the Irish seacoast.
‘Tell my story,’ she whispered. As years passed, that whisper became a roar. That’s how Mary was born.
In her initial iteration, Mary Boland was the first of a four-generation novel called Daughters of Famine. Writing class instructors and published authors alike told me, ‘Each of these women deserves her own book.’ They were right.
So, I started over and told Mary’s story in Shanty Gold. I hope you enjoy meeting her. She’s a corker! The next woman’s story is half written and will be called Lace Curtain.”
Jeanne Charters writes about the business of living your life to the fullest. Over the years through her magazine columns, books and blog posts, she has sought to help other women face life’s challenges through humor, strength and perseverance. To learn more about Jeanne and her latest works, we invite you to > join her weekly newsletter.