Nadean Barton was born on the small island of Jamaica, and grew up in Bronx, New York. She enlisted in the U.S. Navy in October 1995 and completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois. Her first assignment after training was Helicopter Squadron One in Jacksonville, Florida, followed by Dental Assistant Class “A” school in San Diego, California. Then, she Bon Voyage on the USS Kitty Hawk homeported in Yokosuka Japan. While stationed in Japan, she visited countries such as Australia, Singapore, Jebel Ali, Thailand, Dubai, Middle East, and Korea.
Barton then went to Naples, Italy, where she pursued her dream in track and field while still working as a Dental Assistant. After she left Italy, she continued to Bethesda, Maryland. She then transferred to Navy Recruiting District Miami, Florida, where she switched Careers to Recruiting and after seven years, she transferred to Navy Recruiting District Dallas, Texas and then Navy Recruiting District Seattle, Washington where she advanced to Chief Petty Officer. After that tour, she transferred to Navy Recruiting District Atlanta, Georgia from which she will be retire.
Her personal decorations include Nine Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and various unit awards. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Ashford University.
Nadean’s book “Can A Girl Catch A Break” was birthed from tragedy to triumph while enduring a miscarriage. She turned my pain, hurt, and grief into motivation and courage to push herself forward to positively impact others through her story. She wrote Can A Girl Catch A Break? in just 6 days and published it 30 days after. Writing was her healing outlet and was the first step in sorting out her emotions. She loved the idea of being able to share her experiences with the world to help others going through the same or similar circumstances.
After seeking therapy after her miscarriage, she got the opportunity to be a co-author on the best-selling book, “The Voices Behind Mental Illness, The Life of a Veteran” she utilized that book for the Map to Mental Wellness Success. Following that she wrote her other book, “The Love She Never Had.”
Nadean is also a co-author on the best-selling book, “There is No Health Without Mental Health Anthology.
Where are you from? I was born in Jamaica and grew up in Bronx New York
Why do you write? I write to ease the pain of my miscarriage
What do you write about? I write about the love I never had growing up with my dad and the love I lost in my miscarriage from my first child.
Do you have a specific writing style? I am a new author so I do not have a specific style.
What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work? Why did I start writing at this age.
How long have you been writing? I started writing Oct 2019 during the miscarriage of my first child, where my boyfriend left me bleeding.
When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer? During my miscarriage, I needed an outlet
What is your work schedule like when you are writing? I don’t have a specific schedule since I have a fulltime job. I wake up early and go to bed late so that I have enough time to work on my writing or my online store http://www.cangirlcatchabreakchicboutique.com, which came about after my miscarriage.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? I find myself staying home more since I started writing and just thinking of new ideas to write about.
How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or non) My first book that I have written during my miscarriage, “Can A Girl Catch A Break?” I wrote in 6 days and published it in 30 days, I just needed an outlet of all the bottled up emotions I had from not getting the love I needed from my dad, from my boyfriend who left me and from bad treatment from some co-workers, hence the reason my first book was generated, “Can A Girl Catch A break?’’
Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer? I would love to be a better writer, and I am learning as I go, so my suggestion is to just jot down any thoughts that you have and put them together at a later date.
What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story? Sometimes I hit a wall and just have to think my way out and let it flow naturally, going back to my own experiences.
What do you think makes a good story? I think a good story is different from everyone’s my good story may not be somebody else’s good story.
What does your family think of your writing? Some or ok and some doesn’t support because I write about my dad.
Do you see writing as a career? I would love for it to be a career or 2nd career
Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers? You can get to know me through my book and a lot of people that knows me though I had it all together until they read my story.
When did you first consider yourself a writer? After my book was published and people kept telling me you’re an author now.
I am also a co author on 2 other books:
The Voices Behind Mental Illness Series 5: “The Life of a Veteran”