Author Archives: Lea Wait

About Lea Wait

I write mysteries - the Mainely Needlepoint, Shadows Antique Print and, coming soon, the Maine Café series. When I was single I was an adoption advocate and adopted my four daughters. Now my mysteries (and historical novels for young people) are about people trying to find love, acceptance, and a place to call home. My website is www.leawait.com

While You’re Writing Your First Book …

When I was at the Crime Bake mystery conference this fall, two people who were writing their first mysteries asked what, if anything, they should be doing to help their in-progress books sell — to an agent, a publisher, and, … Continue reading

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My Life in Thanksgivings

Lea Wait, here, thinking about Thanksgiving. As a young wife, at the first Thanksgiving she hosted, my mother somehow managed to roast a turkey that was rotten inside.  Some women would have laughed and declared the day a vegetarian Thanksgiving, … Continue reading

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The Professor Who Changed My Life

Lea Wait, here, and remembering. As a high school student, I was one of the nerds. Shy, desperate to have friends, but unsure of how to do that, I was self-conscious about my appearance, my clothes, and my intelligence. I … Continue reading

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Me and those Guys in Black Suits

Lea Wait, here, thinking about how incidents years before can influence scenes an author writes now. For example: in my PIZZA TO DIE FOR there’s an Italian restaurant in New Jersey with a back room where “men in black suits” … Continue reading

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How Important Are Seasons/Weather in a Novel?

Lea Wait, here. I’ve just finished writing two books, in two mystery series, that I hope you’ll be reading next year: one takes place in a cold Maine February, and the other in Maine’s mud season … early April. And … Continue reading

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Dining at the Lobster Dock

Lea Wait, here. One of my favorite summer things to do in Maine is to sit outside on a wharf and eat fresh-from-the-water lobster, clams, oysters or mussels, sip a glass of wine or beer, and watch lobstermen unloading their … Continue reading

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It’s a Pudding? Yup. A Quebecois Apple/Cranberry Pudding

Lea Wait, here. Many of you know that next June I will turn (part-time) into Cornelia Kidd, and write the Maine Café series, a food mystery series featuring two sisters who meet as adults and open a restaurant on a … Continue reading

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