Author Archives: Lea Wait

About Lea Wait

I write mysteries - the Mainely Needlepoint, Shadows Antique Print and, coming in June of 2018, the Maine Murder mysteries (under the name Cornelia Kidd.) When I was single I was an adoption advocate and adopted my four daughters. Now my mysteries and novels for young people are about people searching for love, acceptance, and a place to call home. My website is To be on my mailing list, send me a note at

Life – Extended?

Last June 17 — about fourteen weeks ago — I was dizzy, and visited the emergency room of a local hospital here in Maine. Twenty-four hours later I was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer, metastasized The doctor who gave … Continue reading

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The Place I Found Peace … The Coast of Maine

Lea Wait here, thinking about my summers in Maine, past and present. Before I was ten, I spent half my summers in Maine, most of them at my great uncle’s home in West Bath. (The other summers I spent in … Continue reading

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Two New Lea Wait Historicals Published

When on June 18 I heard I’d been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, it took me only an hour or two to know one of the things I wanted to do with the time I had left. Most readers … Continue reading

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An End Inspires a Beginning: A Wedding in Midcoast Maine

Lea Wait, here, reporting from warm and glorious midcoast Maine, and delighted to announce that yesterday my youngest daughter, Elizabeth Purnima Wait, and her (admittedly long-time) fiance, Herman Joseph McNeal, both of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, were married at my home. As … Continue reading

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10 Best Things about Dying Soon

Lea Wait, here. And, for anyone who missed it, June 29  I posted that I’d been diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer.   Since then I’ve learned a lot — about myself and about others. And no, it hasn’t all … Continue reading

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For Freedom Alone: A Story of the Scottish Highland Clearances

Lea Wait, here. If you were told you only had a limited amount of time get your life in order, what would you do? One thing I’ve decided to do is publish two books that readers, librarians and teachers have … Continue reading

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Another Twist in the Road

Lea Wait, here. Some of you may remember that about three years ago I posted about my husband, Bob Thomas, his health issues., and how they were changing our lives. I followed that up, always with Bob’s approval, with further … Continue reading

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