Lea Wait

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90 word biography (re: childrens' books):

Maine author Lea Wait writes acclaimed historical novels for children set in 19th century Maine. Stopping to Home, Seaward Born, Wintering Well, and Finest Kind are on recommended reading lists throughout the country and have been named to student choice award lists in 13 states. Wait also writes the Agatha finalist Shadows Antique Print Mystery series, the most recent of which is Shadows on a Cape Cod Wedding. For more information on Lea Wait and her books, see www.leawait.com

100 word biography (re: mysteries):

Maine author Lea Wait writes the Agatha-finalist Shadows Antique Print Mystery series starring Maggie Summer. In the sixth in the series, Shadows on a Cape Cod Summer (2013,) Maggie heads for the Cape to help her best friend prepare for her wedding. Plans change when a neighbor is murdered, a hurricane threatens, and Maggie’s own beau creates problems. As the wedding date and the storm get closer, the complications pile up. Can Maggie handle it all? Wait also writes historical novels set in 19th century Maine for ages 8-14 and blogs at www.mainecrimewriters.com. Website: www.leawait.com  

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Lea Wait grew up in Maine and New Jersey, majored in drama and English at Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and earned her MA and DWD in American Civilization at New York University. While raising the four daughters she adopted as a single parent, Wait worked in public relations and strategic planning for AT&T. She is now married to artist Bob Thomas.


2002 – Agatha finalist for Best First Mystery, Shadows at the Fair
2008 - Cornerstone Award for Achievement in Literature, Chatham University


The Authors Guild
Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance
Mystery Writers of America
Sisters in Crime
Historical Novel Society
Novelists, Inc.
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Maine Antique Dealers Association
American Historical Print Collectors Society, Inc.


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