Jeanne was a witty, fun loving person and an excellent writer. Her debut novel, A False Sense of Wellbeing won the First Novel category in the 38th Annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards, presented by Georgia Writers Association, on March 16, 2002 at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.
A native of Rome, Georgia, Jeanne was a southern lady with a rich literary heritage. The adopted daughter of a poet who was designated chief of the Cherokee Nation, Jeanne was married to another poet, the late Albert Braselton, who accompanied James Dickey on the river trip that became the basis for Deliverance. It was believed to be her despondency over her husband's death, that caused Jeanne to take her life.
Her second book for Ballentine with agent Stella Connell, The Other Side of Air, was short just three chapters at her death. It was to have been released in August, 2003. The book is about getting over grief from the point of view of a deceased wife looking down on her earth-bound husband.