Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Julia Spencer-Fleming, with one parent from Tuscaloosa, AL and the other from Argyle, NY, likes to think of herself multi-geographical. A former military brat, she grew up in places as diverse as Mobile, Rome, Stuttgart and Syracuse. A graduate of Ithaca College, George Washington University and the U Maine School of Law, she took up writing while still a stay-at-home mother of two. During the time it took to finish her first book, she got a full-time job at a Portland, Maine, law firm and had a third child. Julia didn't want to write yet another lawyer-sleuth, so she used her army past and a keen eye for the goings-on at her Episcopal church to create Clare Fergusson, first female priest in the small Adirondack town of Millers Kill. The result, In the Bleak Midwinter, made debut history when it won the St.Martin's/Malice Domestic contest, the Dilys Award from the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association, and the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, and Barry awards for Best First Novel. Its sequel, A Fountain Filled With Blood, was a Borders Original Voices selection, and the third book in the series, Out of the Deep I Cry, was St. Martin's Minotaur's lead title this April. Now happily quit of the law, Julia lives and works in a 180-year-old farmhouse in the southern Maine countryside with her husband, three children, and beloved big dog.
Friday, May 25, 2012
In 1987, Eva moved from the Rockland area to Matinicus, having been hired to teach at the island’s one-room school. Two years later, she married the island electrician and stayed to raise their family there (the children are now in college).
Over the years, she has become an emergency medical technician, started a small bakery, taken on a number of roles in municipal government and local organizations, started the community’s recycling program, and been a first responder to emergencies both real and imagined.
Since 2003, she’s also been a regular columnist for several publications including Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, the Working Waterfront, the (Rockland) Village Soup and Free Press, and Down East Online.
Eva bakes bread in a wood stove, spins wool, digs potatoes, collects useful herbs, cuts hay with a scythe and swings a blacksmith’s hammer. Perhaps not surprisingly, she sometimes writes her articles with pencil and paper.
‘Well Out to Sea’ shares stories of a unique community, of an interdependence that is all too rare these days but necessary for this island’s survival.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller, was followed by eight more romantic suspense novels. She also wrote a screenplay, “Adrift”, which aired as a 1993 CBS Movie of the Week starring Kate Jackson.
Tess’s first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Her suspense novels since then have been: Life Support (1997), Bloodstream (1998), Gravity (1999), The Surgeon (2001), The Apprentice (2002), The Sinner (2003), Body Double (2004), Vanish (2005), The Mephisto Club (2006), The Bone Garden (2007), The Keepsake (2008; UK title: Keeping the Dead), Ice Cold (2010; UK title: The Killing Place), and her forthcoming Last To Die (August 2012). Her books have been published in forty countries, and more than 25 million copies have been sold around the world.
Her books have been top-3 bestsellers in the United States and abroad. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award (for Vanish) and the Rita Award (for The Surgeon). Critics around the world have praised her novels as “Pulse-pounding fun” (Philadelphia Inquirer), “Scary and brilliant” (Toronto Globe and Mail), and “Polished, riveting prose” (Chicago Tribune). Publisher Weekly has dubbed her the “medical suspense queen”.
Her series of novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the TNT television series “Rizzoli & Isles” starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander.
Now retired from medicine, she writes full time. She lives in Maine.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Barbara lives in Maine with her family and their coonhound Jack, a rescue dog from Tennessee.
Her website is: http://barbarawalsh.net/
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His poems have appeared in magazines including 32 Poems, Blackbird, Guernica, Linebreak, Maine Magazine, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, Tin House, The New Republic, Poetry Northwest, Western Humanities Review, and Verse Daily, and in the anthologies Satellite Convulsions: Poems from Tin House and From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great. His articles and reviews have appeared in Boston Review, Guernica, Pleiades, Publishers Weekly, and Time Out New York. He has received awards for his poems from the Bellevue Literary Review and UC Berkeley.
With graduate degrees from UC Berkeley and Columbia University, he has taught writing and literature in public and private middle schools, high schools, and colleges in California, Vermont, New York, and Maine. In 2011 he was named one of Maine’s “emerging leaders” by the Portland Press Herald and MaineToday Media for his work directing The Telling Room, where he still occasionally teaches writing. He lives in Portland, ME with his family, serves as Poetry Editor of Maine magazine, and is at work on a novel.