Truman Sailor Self-Publishes Book

Story Number: NNS070206-09Release Date: 2/6/2007 12:57:00 PM
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By Mass Communications Specialist Seaman Apprentice Jymyaka Braden, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- A USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Sailor and aspiring writer, is breaking into the literary world with her first novel, "Once Upon a Time in the Bricks," which is scheduled to be re-released late February.

Fireman Leighanne Boyd of the Reactor Propulsion Office Division 2 admits that she was a little nervous about her shipmates reading the first edition of her novel, because the editing wasn't very thorough.

"I was nervous, because it was face-to-face [feedback], but a lot of people said they liked it. They noticed the editing, but they read around it," Boyd said.

The new edition is edited more carefully and has a new cover that depicts downtown Newark at Broad and Market. Boyd said the story is about a lot of her own life experiences.

"'Once Upon a Time in the Bricks' is loosely based off of people I met and things I did growing up in Jersey," said Boyd.

The main character Dina was formed around girls she had seen in the neighborhood. The novel chronicles Dina's pursuit of the drug game and criminal lifestyle.

In addition to making a statement about society, the book also touches on the levels of emotional dependence people experience while trying to hold on through hard times.

"When we got off cruise I had more time to myself, and I would just stay up for hours at night writing. Some people just think about writing the book, but that's when the work begins," said Boyd.

She faced a few obstacles to get her book published on her terms. After some unattractive offers from a few acclaimed authors and a financial bind with a faulty publishing company, Boyd decided to self-publish with an online company. Boyd is currently working on her sophomore novel, "Ugly Men Cheat Too."

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