Once A Homecoming Queen

by Joan Moran (Author)

She’s funny. She’s redeemable. And she’s dying.

Book Description:​

She’s funny. She’s redeemable. And she’s dying.

Once A Homecoming Queen is a darkly humorous novel about addiction and redemption, featuring a 75-year-old, Francine-Reynolds-Richelli-Freeman, whose extreme alcohol consumption leads to a bevy of problems including her latest—a fall that breaks her neck, leaving her daughter and those who care about her to help Francine make peace with her past and re-imagine her future.

Angry and resentful about how her life has turned out, Francine’s humor leans to the dark side, but she’s likeable and unforgettable—emotionally tender, loving and authentic with an unflinching personality. Think Phyllis Diller on Steroids. Having been a former drug and alcohol counselor, and as the adult child of an alcoholic, Joan wanted to write a uniquely entertaining story about senior addiction as it related to family dynamics and dysfunction.

Praise for Once a Homecoming Queen

“Joan Moran’s latest novel, Once A Homecoming Queen, is an insightful but heartbreaking story about one woman’s battle with addiction and its impact, not only on herself, but on all those who love her. Get ready for a rollercoaster ride through her life.”
—Nancy Cushing-Jones, Creative Projects Group President, Publishing, Media & Branding, Executive Producer

“. . . a powerful novel with a badly needed message. With more stories about elderly addiction it gets easier to help people in need. Before you get the chance to experience the film for yourself, get to know more about the writer behind it and learn what you can expect from the story right here.”
—Frankie Stein, Film Daily

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I have been most fortunate to have never had a drug addict or an alcoholic close to me in real life so anything about their lives/treatment/etc. is very educational. I enjoyed the tv series "Mom' because apart from the humor there was a serious look at the lives of alcoholics. Once I started reading Joan Moran's book "Once A Homecoming Queen" I realized there wasn't going to be humor like "Mom". I continued reading because I was learning so much about something I knew so little about. If you don't understand the situation it is easy to think "Just Don't Do It!" After finishing your book I really appreciated the necessity of trained professionals treating alcoholics and that it is no place for well-meaning amateurs.

Joan Moran (Author)

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Joan holds two master’s degrees: Theater and Education. It was her desire to teach in the theater department at UNLV that provided her a position as an acting and theater history professor. Five years later, Joan founded and was the artistic director of the Meadows Playhouse, Las Vegas’s first year-round theater. Her interest in film brought her entrance to the American Film Institute in Los Angeles as a producing fellow. Before she graduated, Joan wrote her first screenplay and continued to write for film during the next 15 years in Hollywood, alongside producing several films. During this time, Joan also pursued a career as a motivational speaker and blogger. As a keynote speaker, Joan commanded the stage with her delight humor, raw energy and wealth of life experiences. She spread her knowledge and energy as she combined 15 years of theater experience as well as over 13 years of experience as a yoga and meditation instructor at UCLA. Joan began her writing journey with her memoir, 60, Sex & Tango, Confessions of a Beatnik Boomer. Other books followed: I’m the Boss of Me: Stay Sexy, Smart & Strone at Any Age, a compilation of her most popular blogs, An Accidental Cuban, a thriller that takes place in modern day Havana. The novel is currently in development for a streaming series. Her recently published book, Once A Homecoming Queen, is a darkly humorous take on senior alcoholism. Joan also adapted Once A Homecoming Queen into an award winning screenplay. Her latest book is a memoir of her mother: Suddenly, I Was Jewish, The Life and Times of My Jewish Mother.

Once A Homecoming Queen

I have been most fortunate to have never had a drug addict or an alcoholic close to me in real life so anything about their lives/treatment/etc. is very educational. I enjoyed the tv series "Mom' because apart from the humor there was a serious look at the lives of alcoholics. Once I started reading Joan Moran's book "Once A Homecoming Queen" I realized there wasn't going to be humor like "Mom". I continued reading because I was learning so much about something I knew so little about. If you don't understand the situation it is easy to think "Just Don't Do It!" After finishing your book I really appreciated the necessity of trained professionals treating alcoholics and that it is no place for well-meaning amateurs.

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