Thursday, June 27, 2013

Barbara Ross

Barbara Ross is a co-editor/co-publisher at Level Best Books, which produces an award-winning anthology of crime and mystery stories by New England authors every November. This year's anthology is titled Best New England Crime Stories 2013: Blood Moon. Blood Moon contains thirty-one tales from New England’s dark side written by the region’s most acclaimed, award-winning crime and mystery writers, plus several exciting new voices. Representing every kind of crime story–mysteries, thrillers, capers and cons, or a creepy walk down the paranormal garden path–the stories are as varied as the authors.

Barbara is also the author of the novel Clammed Up, first in a series of Maine Clambake Mysteries, which will be published by Kensington in September, 2013. In Clammed Up, Julia Snowden a young venture capitalist, returns to Busman's Harbor in mid-coast Maine to save her family's failing clambake business.

Barbara and her husband own the former Seafarer Inn at the head of the harbor in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Bill and Barbara no longer run the inn as a Bed & Breakfast. Barbara is notoriously not a morning person. They considered a Bed-and-Get-Your-Own-Damn-Breakfast, but there didn't seem to be much of a market.

Barbara is the 2013 co-chair of The New England Crime Bake. Barbara also blogs with a wonderful group of Maine mystery authors at Maine Crime Writers and with a group of writers of New England-based cozy mysteries at Wicked Cozy Authors.

Barbara's first mystery novel, The Death of an Ambitious Woman, was published by Five Star/Gale/Cengage in August, 2010. In her former life, Barbara was a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of two successful start-ups in educational technology. When they aren’t in Boothbay, she and her husband live in Somerville, MA.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Barbara Damrosch

Barbara Damrosch has worked professionally in the field of horticulture since 1977. Presently she writes a weekly column for The Washington Post called A Cook’s Garden .She is the author of The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook (Workman Publishing, 2013), The Garden Primer:  Second Edition (Workman Publishing, 2008), and Theme Gardens (Workman, Revised Edition 2001).

During the 1991 and 1992 seasons she appeared as a regular Correspondent on the PBS series The Victory Garden.  In 1994 and 1995 she was the co-host the series Gardening Naturally on The Learning Channel. From 1979 to 1992 she owned and operated her own firm, Barbara Damrosch Landscape Design, in Washington, Connecticut.

She is now the co-owner, with her husband Eliot Coleman, of Four Season Farm, an experimental market garden in Harborside, Maine, which produces vegetables year-round, and has become a nationally recognized model of small-scale sustainable agriculture.

More information can be found on the website

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Tammy Meserve

Tammy L. Richards Meserve lives in Edgecomb, Maine with her family. She enjoys hiking and camping and has seen several moose during her outdoor adventures. Meserve began working on her first children‘s book, There’s a Moose Loose in the Hoose! in 2007 and was thrilled to see it published in 2009. In 2012, There’s a Moose Loose at the Fair!, the second in her series of  “moose books” was published. She is currently at work on her third.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Kate Flora

Kate Flora’s fascination with people’s criminal tendencies began in the Maine attorney general’s office. Deadbeat dads, people who hurt their kids, and employers’ acts of discrimination aroused her curiosity about human behavior. Her books include seven “strong woman” Thea Kozak mysteries and three gritty police procedurals in her star-reviewed Joe Burgess series. Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, the latest of which is Blood Moon. Her true crime, Finding Amy, has been optioned for a movie.

When she’s not writing, or teaching at Grub Street in Boston, she’s in her garden, waging a constant battle against critters, pests, and her husband’s lawnmower. She’s been married 35 years to a man who still makes her laugh. She has two wonderful sons, a movie editor and a scientist, a lovely daughter-in-law, and four rescue “granddogs,” Frances, Otis, Harvey, and Daisy.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Jen Blood

Jen Blood is a freelance writer and editor, and author of the bestselling Erin Solomon mystery series. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing/Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine, and runs seminars and one-on-one tutorials on writing, online marketing, and social media for authors. Jen's fourth Erin Solomon novel, BEFORE THE AFTER, will be released in August.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Cheryl Blaydon

Maine artist Cheryl Blaydon, best known for her seascapes in oil, has now published her second book, Island Odyssey. Come meet her at Books in Boothbay this July!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Linda Greenlaw

Linda Greenlaw lives on Isle au Haut, Maine. She is America’s only female swordfish boat captain and was featured in the book and film The Perfect Storm as well as in the Discovery Channel’s Swords: Life on the Line. Greenlaw is the author of three New York Times bestselling nonfiction books along with two mysteries and a cookbook. She is currently consulting on a fisheries development program in Kenya, where she is helping to design boats and train Kenyans on how to use modern gear and sustainable methods.

Her new book, Lifesaving Lessons: Notes from an Accidental Mother, is the dramatic story of perhaps the most unexpected of all of Greenlaw’s many adventures—becoming a mother.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Richard Rubin

Richard Rubin is the author of The Last of the Doughboys and the best-selling Confederacy of Silence. He has written for the Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Smithsonian, Parade, and New York.  He lives in New York and Maine.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Jennifer Gooch Hummer

Jennifer Gooch Hummer is the award-winning author of her debut novel, Girl Unmoored. She has worked as a script analyst for various talent agencies and major film studios. Her short stories have been published in Miranda Magazine, Our Stories and Glimmertain and she has continued graduate studies in the Writer’s Program at UCLA, where she was nominated for the Kirkwood Prize in fiction. She lives in Los Angeles and Maine with her husband and their three daughters.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Lisa Jahn-Clough

Lisa Jahn-Clough is the author/illustrator of numerous picture books (Alicia Has a Bad Day, My Friend and I, Little Dog, etc...) and author of young adult novels (Country Girl/City Girl, Me Penelope). Lisa was born on a farm to an artist mother and a zoologist father and grew up on the coast of Maine. She earned a BA from Hampshire College and an MFA from Emerson College. She has taught at Emerson College, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Hamline University, and the Maine College of Art. She is now a professor at Rowan University. Lisa also speaks to elementary, middle and high school students as a visiting author. She lives with her husband and their two dogs in a little, yellow house in Portland in the summer and across from a cornfield in southern New Jersey in the winter. Her most recent novel is Nothing But Blue. Visit you website at www.lisajahnclough

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Lisa Colburn

Lisa Colburn is the author of The Maine Garden Journal - Insider secrets from Maine people who love to put their hands in the dirt. 

She was born and raised in a rural community in extremely northern Maine where it seemed everyone gardened. Through the years and many careers, Lisa's “constant,” the one thing she was never without, was Gardening.

Lisa has been active in organizing garden education programs and frequently speaks on a variety of ornamental gardening topics. She has a passion for very tiny alpine plants and extremely large-leafed plants. Lisa's ornamental and food gardens expand yearly because "there are always new plants to try." There's no place she'd rather be than in her garden.