Lea Wait

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90 Word Biography (re: childrens’ books)
Author Lea Wait writes acclaimed historical novels for children aged eight and up set in nineteenth century Maine. Stopping to Home, Seaward Born, Wintering Well, Finest Kind, and most recently, Uncertain Glory, are on many recommended reading lists and have been named to fourteen state student choice award lists. Wait also writes the Shadows Antique Print Mystery series and the Mainely Needlepoint mystery series for adults. She invites readers to friend her on Facebook and Goodreads, to visit her website, www.leawait.com, and to read the group blog she contributes to, www.mainecrimewriters.com

80 Word Biography (re: mysteries)

Maine author Lea Wait writes two mystery series: the USA Today best-selling Mainely Needlepoint series, the most recent of which is Dangling By a Thread, and the Agatha-finalist Shadows Antique Print series, the most recent of which is Shadows on a Morning in Maine. Wait also writes historical novels set in nineteenth century Maine for readers eight and up. She invites readers to friend her on Facebook and Goodreads, to visit her website, www.leawait.com, and to read the blog she writes with other Maine mystery writers, www.mainecrimewriters.com.

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Lea Wait grew up in Maine and New Jersey, majored in drama and English at Chatham College (now University) 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 now writes full-time and often speaks at schools, libraries and conferences. She was married to artist Bob Thomas, and has written about their life together in her Living and Writing on the Coast of Maine.


2002 – Agatha finalist for Best First Mystery, Shadows at the Fair
2008 – Cornerstone Award for Achievement in Literature, Chatham University
2015 – Agatha finalist for Best Children’s Mystery, Uncertain Glory


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.
American Needlepoint Guild, Inc.

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