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Lea Wait

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in Boston, Massachusetts, The United States
May 26, 1946

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Maine author Lea Wait writes the NYT-praised 8-book Shadows Antique Print Mystery series, the latest of which is SHADWS ON A MORNING IN MAINE, and the USA Today best-selling Mainely Needlepoint series which debuted with TWISTED THREADS in January, 2015, and was followed by THREADS OF EVIDENCE in August, 2015, THREAD AND GONE, in January, 2016, DANGLING BY A THREAD in late October, 2016, and TIGHTENING THE THREADS in March, 2017. Wait also writes acclaimed historical novels for ages 8 and up set in 19th century Maine, the latest of which, UNCERTAIN GLORY, takes place in a small northern town during the first two weeks of the Civil War. Lea's LIVING AND WRITING ON THE COAST OF MAINE, about being an author and living year 'round in Maine with ...more

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Lea Wait So glad you enjoyed Twisted Threads, Toni! I grew up with a grandmother who did all sorts of embroidery -- plus tatting, dressmaking and smocking. She…moreSo glad you enjoyed Twisted Threads, Toni! I grew up with a grandmother who did all sorts of embroidery -- plus tatting, dressmaking and smocking. She taught me cross stitch and knitting, and my sister learned traditional needlepoint on canvas. I'm really enjoying learning about the history of needlework (which will be part of some future books in the Mainely Needlepoint series) and am now learning needlepoint on canvas -- although it's a challenge since my black cat, Shadow, is fascinated by the yarns I'm using! Thanks for asking! I want needlework to be the background of the series ... so in some books, like Twisted Threads, it will not take center stage. In the second book in the series, Threads of Evidence (out in August, 2015) clues to finding a murderer will be within the work of an expert needlepointer ...
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Lea Wait What a great idea, Melanie! Thanks for asking! I haven't put together a bibliography yet -- but since you asked, I think I will, and post it on my web…moreWhat a great idea, Melanie! Thanks for asking! I haven't put together a bibliography yet -- but since you asked, I think I will, and post it on my website. It won't be this week! The next in the Mainely Needlepoint series is due to my publisher and I'm going a bit crazy! But I'll let you know when it's up, and what the link is. Happy New Year! (And Happy Needlepointing!)(less)
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John Clark will not bombard you with another barrage of Covid gloom. Yeah, it’s here, it’s real, and I’m slowly wrapping my head around the probability that it’s gonna be with us forever (or some crazy number like that). Screw it. I’m taking all the suggested precautions, but at age 72, I don’t have time to rent much space in my head to pandemics. I’ve got too many odd, bizarre and creative though

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Yes -- this is an author review. I wrote CONTRARY WINDS, set in 1777 and based on a real immigrant family from Scotland, because no other books (for young people or adults) deal with the realities of what the American Revolution meant to those living ...more
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Lea Wait Beth wrote: "Hi Lea,
Thanks for sending a Goodreads friend request to this fellow mystery author!"


Hi, Beth! Good to see you here. I'm a newbie .. but looking forward to learning the ropes!


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Beth Hi Lea,
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