The 18th Books in Boothbay July 9 featured 40 authors of every genre – history, mystery, healing/self help, poetry, adventure, children’s literature, non-fiction, music – it’s a reader’s candy store! The event was held at Boothbay Railway Village in the old Town Hall.
This year’s authors were Hilary Bartlett, Ellen Booraem, David Brook, Sarah Carlson, Laurie Chandler, William Chandler, Hillary Dow, Irene Murtagh Drago, Gail Donovan, Justine Dymond, Kate Flora, S.G. Grant, Kristy Lageroos, Cynthia Langdon, Elizabeth Miller, Sandra Neily, Maria Padian, Terri Blen Parker, Jule Selbo, David Sloan, Charlotte Agell William Anthony, Danielle Bannister, Sue Baumgardner, Cheryl Blaydon, Rae Chalmers, Matt Cost, Ed Crocket, Charlene D’Avanzo, Luca DiMatteo, Jennifer Dupree, Carol Ekster, Vaughn Hardacker, Julie Lane (Castlebay), Lincoln County Historical Association, BJ Magnani, Len Mattano, Shawn McCarthy, Hunter Nichols, Anne Britting Oleson, Lynne Schmidt, Kevin St. Jarre and Alexandra Thompson.
Sure, we all attend Books in Boothbay for the books, to meet some of our favorite Maine authors, and talk about their new work ready and waiting to come home with us. But, truly, each author’s life story makes for pretty interesting reading as well.
Sandra Neily of Greenville (formerly of East Boothbay) and Westport Island was promoting “Deadly Assault – A Mystery In Maine #3” complete with a handout with chapter one and the first paragraph of chapter two with her books. The first two in the series are “Deadly Trespass” and “Deadly Turn.” Neily loves the woods. Seeing nothing but trees brings her great joy. It isn’t any wonder this self-taught fiction writer is a former Maine Woods Guide who turned her experiences into novels.
“I started writing the books while I was still a Guide,” she said. “I transferred my feelings about the woods to these books … through an unusual narrator: She’s middle-aged and has arthritis, and has a daughter who makes ‘mom’ a multi-syllable word.”
Neily created this mission statement for herself right from the start: “I want to take people to the Maine Woods now – and in the future – so they will not want to leave it. “A lot of the woods are at risk and most people don’t realize it,” she said.
These “Deadly” books blend fishing, hunting, politics and the Maine woods into murder mysteries and have drawn male readers to follow her to Moosehead Lake and other areas.
“I wanted to write a page turner,” Neily said. “One that would have people in their beds reading at 2 a.m. who’d send me the text: ‘Damn you.’”
Did she receive those texts? “Yes I did,” she replied smiling widely.
Children’s author Hillary Dow of Lewiston has been writing and illustrating her tales for four years. Dow’s illustrations are all done in felt – and all of the sheep’s wool used to create her needle felted …….