More About the Author
I've been writing mysteries for grownups (the Shadows Antique Print Mystery Series and the Mainely Needlepoint Series) and historical fiction for young people set in 19th century Maine since I left corporate America in 1998 and moved to Maine, a state I've always loved and where I had family ties.
SHADOWS ON A MAINE CHRISTMAS, the seventh and latest in the Shadows series, was published in September, 2014, and was honored by Library Journal naming it one of the year's best Christmas reads.
THREADS OF EVIDENCE ("Suspense Magazine" called it "highly recommended") was published in September, 2015, the second in the Mainely Needlepoint series. TWISTED THREADS, the first in that series, debuted in January, 2015. THREAD AND GONE will be published in January of 2016.
LIVING AND WRITING ON THE COAST OF MAINE is my collection of essays about what it's like to be an author living in Maine. Full of love and humor, it shows how my work and life intersect.
And my latest book for young people, about two teenaged boys who really published their town's newspaper during the first two weeks of the Civil War, is UNCERTAIN GLORY.
I earned my B.A. at Chatham College (now Chatham University) and have graduate degrees from New York University. I've owned an antique print business, MAH Antiques, since 1976. I adopted my 4 wonderful daughters when I was a single parent. They're grown now, and I have eight perfect grandchildren. (Aren't all grandchildren perfect?) In 2003 I married Bob Thomas, a man I've known and loved since 1968. Bob's an artist, and is immensely supportive of my writing. (He even does all the errands and cooking so I have no excuses to leave my desk!)
My favorite quotation is "Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved." William Jennings Bryan wrote that, but I think it defines my life. For more information about me, check my website, www.leawait.com, friend me on Facebook and Goodreads, and read LIVING AND WRITING ON THE COAST OF MAINE and the blog (www.mainecrimewriters.com) I write with 9 other mystery writers from Maine.
And remember -- LIFE is the REAL mystery!