50 minutes | Jun 9th 2017

072: Paulette Boudreaux: Express Yourself Through Each Chapter of Life

Paulette Boudreaux shared her inspiring life story during a panel discussion at the Association of Writers & Writing Program (AWP) Conference, in February 2017. The panel, Second Blooming: Women Authors Debuting After Fifty, attracted a standing-room only crowd, and I was fortunate to be in the audience. As Paulette and other writers told their stories, it seemed that a sisterhood was being formed and the audience became an extended part of the panel. We bonded through cheers, laughter, and gasps of exasperated recognition when an author described how she persevered through yet another indignity or insult.   Paulette joined me on the podcast to share just some of the fascinating experiences that she taps into when writing her southern-based fiction. She says that despite living on the West Coast most of her life, her inner monologue has a Southern drawl.   During out discussion, Paulette describes moving from Mississippi to San Francisco in 1970 in the midst of a school desegregation movement and how that impacted her. She shares the multi-decade journey that led to her groundbreaking novel, Mulberry, being published by Carolina Wren Press in October 2015. Her experiences include working as a journalist, a public relations professional, an English professor, and earning her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree all while raising her daughter as a single mother.   If you are considering a transition in your life, you may be interested in my Discover What’s Next coaching program. Allow me to help you create a more fulfilling future. Sign up for a 1-hour complimentary consultation.   Key Takeaways:   [7:00] Paulette’s novel, Mulberry, started as a short story. [11:58] After winning a contest through Carolina Wren Press, Paulette’s novel was published. [17:11] Most human beings have a need to express in some way. [22:25] Paulette’s interior reality is Mississippi. [28:10] For better or worse, Paulette finished her high school education in the desegregated schools of San Francisco. [39:55] The Second Blooming Panel was an acknowledgment that women are not done when their children are out of the house. [49:53] Paulette’s advice for writers who have stories to tell.   Mentioned in This Episode: Paulette Boudreaux AWP Conference Ever Better Podcast Episode 69 with Jessica Handler Discover What’s Next Coaching Lisa@EverBetterU.com @EverBetterU on Twitter
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