Jeanne Charters

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After years of working in radio sales and raising four daughters, Charters became VP of marketing for Viacom TV, then branched off and opened her own advertising agency, Charters Marketing, with her husband, Matt. “He’s the business brain, I’m the creative one.”

The writing bug had bitten a long time ago, but its effects stayed hidden until it was time.

“People sometimes wonder where a character comes from. ‘When did you think up Mary Boland anyway?’ I don’t know about all authors, but for me, Mary Boland was a magical name I heard throughout my 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 young girl with curly red hair, riding her horse along the Irish seacoast.

“’Tell my story,’ she whispered.

“In her first iteration, she was the star of a manuscript called Daughters of Ireland. Mary was the first in three generations of women. 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. Next came Nellie Kelly’s story, Mary Boland’s daughter, in Lace Curtain. Silk Stocking brings three generations together when Nellie gives birth to Kathleen. These women are family to me and I am thrilled to see their stories in print. Enjoy! ”

Jeanne Charters is also the author of a humorous memoir, Funny, isn’t it? and Yellow, a scathing indictment of television and politics torn from Jeanne’s years as a broadcast executive.

Shanty Gold – Book One in the Daughters of Ireland trilogy

Published by Open Road Integrated Media


Shanty Gold Endorsements and Reviews

Shanty Gold, a story of strength and perseverance.

“Charters interweaves many important topics—immigration, civil rights, women’s rights—into her exciting novel . . . An evocative portrait of South Boston.” —Kirkus Reviews

After the deaths of her mother and infant sister during Ireland’s Great Famine, thirteen-year-old Mary Boland makes her way to the Queenstown harbor and onto a coffin ship bound for America. But what happens during her transatlantic passage is enough to quash the strongest of dreams. After being assaulted by crewmembers, Mary thinks of ending her life—until a young Black slave named Kamua comes to her rescue . . .

Forming a bond as strong as siblings, Mary and Kam reach Boston, determined to forge their own paths. No longer an innocent soul, Mary trusts no one, putting her faith in her own instincts. It is on the teeming streets of South Boston that she’ll find a new home and a new purpose as a midwife, helping poverty-stricken women survive their pregnancies. And it is in this city, full of possibility, where Mary’s heart will heal, and find the strength to survive the harsh choices she is forced to make, and grow into a woman true to herself . . .

“The story of a young Irish girl’s struggles told with an authentic, historically accurate voice.” —Sallie Bissell, author of the Mary Crow series

“To read Shanty Gold is to immerse oneself in a wild ride of discovery, romance, and the search for a new way of life. . . . A tale that will grab your heart and senses, with twists and turns along the way.” —Susan Blexrud, author of the Fang series

Lace Curtain – Book Two in the Daughters of Ireland trilogy

Published by Open Road Integrated Media

Lace Curtain Reviews

The daughter of Irish immigrants and the son of an African slave forge their own destiny in Boston, in this compelling sequel to Shanty Gold.

Boston, 1870. Nellie’s mom and Neo’s father met on a coffin ship sailing from Ireland to America, a journey they barely survived. Having heard this tale since childhood, the two teenagers now crave an adventure of their own. When an unfounded rumor gets Nellie suspended from school and puts her future in jeopardy, the lifelong friends flee to New York City to join a circus. And though their escapade is short-lived, it teaches both of them about courage, kindness, and acceptance.

Rising above her scandalous background, Nellie inches toward her dream of becoming a teacher, while Neo battles against prejudice and hatred to marry the woman he loves. As they struggle with the hopes and expectations laid upon them by their parents, they’ll navigate through tragedy and betrayal on a journey toward their hearts’ true desires.

Silk Stocking – Book Three in the Daughters of Ireland  trilogy

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by Jeanne Charters

Published by Open Road Media

Three generations of Irish-American women seek better lives in Boston, in this historical saga of hope, hardship, and love by the author of Lace Curtain.

Mary Boland suffered aboard a coffin ship to escape famine and make her way to America. Her daughter, Nellie, was born in South Boston—a beautiful girl, smart enough to graduate from college when few women, let alone women of her background, could. But her glowing future as a teacher is ruined when she becomes pregnant—and she is forced to cope on her own as the baby’s father disappears after returning to Ireland to fight for his nation’s liberation.

Her subsequent rushed marriage to an ambitious politician will throw Nellie’s life far off course, and reverberate in her mother’s and daughter’s lives as well. Nothing will ever be the same in this gripping conclusion to the Daughters of Ireland trilogy—a tale of poverty and wealth, opportunity and danger, family, and forbidden love set against the tumultuous backdrop of the late nineteenth-century Gilded Age.



Funny, isn’t it?

Funn isn't it cover

Cover and illustrations by Marie Hudson

Available @ Mountain Made in Asheville, NC

Malaprops Bookstore in Asheville, NC

Funny, isn’t it? Reviews

Need a good laugh?

Okay, let’s talk about erectile dysfunction ads on television, getting older, getting flabbier, realizing you resemble your mother, loving your kids through things that hurt them, and maybe, just maybe, meeting “Mr. Right” after years of “Mr. Wrongs”.

Funny, isn’t it? is for anyone who faces millennium stressors and chooses to laugh in spite of them. In these twenty-nine stories, I explore subjects as diverse as trash television, marriage, children, grandchildren, running a business, sticking it out when you want to quit, and my personal belief that angels really do exist.

Each article had its genesis as a column in WNC WOMAN magazine, published in Asheville, North Carolina. Read a sample now from the book!

I hope they will tickle your funny bone or titillate your grey matter. If they do, let me know. I’d love to hear your stories too!

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