Local author pens memoir following retirement from Southwest Airlines

Barb Hanus to speak at Traer Public Library on July 10

Retired Southwest Airlines flight attendant Barb Hanus of Traer pictured with her book “Red Lipstick, No Drama: Stories from a Flight Attendant” which was published by Dorrance Publishing under the pen name Beth Ann Morrison. Hanus will be speaking about her book at the Traer Public Library on July 10. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

TRAER – Rural Traer resident Barb Hanus – pen name Beth Ann Morrison – flew for nearly a quarter century as a flight attendant with Southwest Airlines. Next Wednesday, July 10, at the Traer Public Library, Hanus will share the ups and downs of that unique career while presenting her recently published memoir, “Red Lipstick, No Drama: Stories from a Flight Attendant.”

“I will be discussing my reasons for writing the book, as well as how I went about the steps of getting it published,” Hanus told the newspaper. “I plan to incorporate a reading as well. I will have on hand several copies for sale.”

Hanus, a transplant from Texas, met her husband Steve, a Traer native, on a country dance floor outside of Dallas some 13 years ago.

“Ever since I first visited the [Hanus] family farm, I’ve been in love with Iowa and the three-generation farmhouse,” Hanus said. “The winters don’t scare me. Even though I grew up in Oklahoma and spent many years of my life in Texas, I spent most of my flying years based in Chicago, so I already had a pretty good taste of how drastic the winters can be.”

Hanus will present twice at the Traer Public Library, first at 2 p.m. and then again at 7 p.m.

Following each of the programs, she will be available to autograph books.