Been a housewife? A domestic worker? Single parent? Lived in a creepy old house? You think your life's been boring--but exciting plots are buried in your own expertise. Find the clues to the novel only you can write with sisters in crime, Frances McNamara, Barbara Struna, and Lea Wait.
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Frances McNamara: Frances grew up in Boston where her father was Police Commissioner in the 1960s. As a librarian she worked at Wellesley College, then, NELINET, OCLC and finally University of Chicago Library. After writing scenarios for an amateur mystery night group in Granville OH, Frances turned to mystery novels. She has published six titles in the Emily Cabot Mysteries, featuring a fictional heroine, along with real-life historical figures, with Allium Press of Chicago, the first being DEATH AT THE FAIR, and the most recent, DEATH AT THE PARIS EXPOSITION. The mysteries are set in the 1890's and the series will extend into the 1900's. Frances is currently working on a second contemporary mystery series to be set in Boston, where she now lives.
Barbara Struna: A storyteller at heart, Struna bases her tales on the history, myth, and legends of Cape Cod and her own personal experiences. She created a contemporary character, amateur sleuth, Nancy Caldwell, the vehicle that moves the story between time periods in alternating chapters. Struna’s first two successful novels, The Old Cape House and The Old Cape Teapot, were pirate adventures based on the 1717 Cape legend of Maria Hallett and her pirate lover Sam Bellamy, captain of the wrecked ship Whydah. Her research took her on a ten year journey trying to decipher the facts from the legend and then another three years of crafting her story. Struna’s imagination took flight once more when she discovered a turquoise 1940 Fiesta-ware cup buried in her Cape woods, it ignited an idea for a story about the forties on Cape Cod and ‘Old Hollywood’ and her third novel, The Old Cape Hollywood Secret, was born. With more than 1000 reviews and hundreds of followers, Struna keeps her readership anticipating the next Old Cape story, this time featuring Alaska and Provincetown in the late 1800’s coming in 2019. Struna is a member of International Thriller Writers, Panelist Thrillerfest 2016; Member in Letters, National League of American Pen Women; President of Cape Cod Writers Center; Sisters In Crime, National, New England, LA. and writes a blog about the unique facts and myths of Cape Cod.
Lea Wait: Maine author Lea Wait writes two mystery series and historical novels for ages 8 and up. Her Shadows Antique Print Mystery series features antique print dealer Maggie Summer. SHADOWS AT THE FAIR, the first in the series, was a finalist for a "best first mystery" Agatha award. SHADOWS ON A MORNING IN MAINE is the most recent (the 8th) in the series. Lea also writes the Mainely Needlepoint series. TWISTED THREADS, the first in the series, was published in January, 2015 and was a USA Today best seller. TIGHTENING THE THREADS, the 5th in the series, is the most recent, published in March, 2017. UNCERTAIN GLORY, set in 1861, is the most recent of her books for young people.
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