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"I had a 19th Century childhood," says Maine author Lea Wait, who writes the Agatha-nominated Shadows Antique Print mystery series for adults (now a 6-book series,) and acclaimed historical novels for young people set in 19th century New England.


Background Information

Lea Wait's childhood was divided between the coast of Maine and the suburbs of New Jersey. She was close to her grandmother, a dealer in antique dolls and toys, who also introduced her to Shakespeare, 19th century novels, and family stories. Her family's home in Maine, the same home Lea lives in today, was built in 1774, and she was fascinated then (and now) by thinking of those who had lived there in the past, and learning their stories. Books became a major part of Lea's life almost as soon as she could read, and she decided she would be a writer when she was in second grade. She attended Chatham College (now University) in Pittsburgh, PA, majoring in drama and English, and concentrated on children's theatre. When she graduated she got a job writing speeches for AT&T in NYC, and attended graduate school at New York University at night, majoring in American Civilization. As a single parent she adopted 4 girls, ages 4-10, from Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong and India, and worked in strategic planning and public relations at AT&T and was very active in adoption advocacy until her daughters were grown. In her early fifties she left corporate life and moved to Maine, where she began writing fiction full-time, and, a few years later, married artist Bob Thomas, a man she had met 'way back when she first worked for AT&T. She now has eight grandchildren, and when she is not writing, enjoys speaking at schools, libraries and conferences, and finding ways to bring books to children, and making reading as exciting to them as it has been to her. For the past 30 years she has also been a part-time antique print dealer, with a wide inventory of prints, specializing in the wood engraving of Winslow Homer, who she loved depicting in her mystery, SHADOWS OF A DOWN EAST SUMMER.  

Birth Place
Boston, MA US
Accomplishments

Chatham University Cornerstone Award for Achievement in Literature
Agatha Finalist for Shadows at the Fair
Bank Street College "Best of the Best" & Smithsonian Notable Book for Stopping to Home
Childrens Books have been Listed on 14 states' student choice award lists & Bank Street College "Best of Year" Lists
Seaward Born: Children's Book Council Notable Social Studies Trade Book & International Readers Association Teacher's Choice List

Additional Information

Lea Wait invites you to friend her on Facebook and to check out the blog she writes with 9 other Maine mystery authors: www.mainecrimewriters.com She's excited to announce that she'll have THREE books out in 2014! The 7th in the Shadows series (SHADOWS ON A MAINE CHRISTMAS), a new children's historical, set during the first two weeks of the Civil War (UNCERTAIN GLORY,) and, so far untitled, the first in a NEW mystery series! Stay tuned for details! Or send Lea (leawait@roadrunner.com) your email or snailmail address, and she'll let you know when her next book is published!

Contact Information

P.O. Box 225 
Edgecomb ME 04556   US
Contact Author: Lea Wait
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Information on Lea Wait, her books, her travel schedule, and how to contact her so she could visit your library, school or book group -- via Skype if not in person!




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