celebrating women writers of Lincoln County

Crime writer Kate Flora discusses her craft, her friend, and Lincoln County mysteries

Thu, 05/12/2022 - 4:45pm

    “Maine has produced some terrific female mystery writers,” said Lincoln County Historical Association, in a news release. LCHA celebrates them with a talk by Kate Flora. A Maine native and accomplished crime writer, Flora’s Zoom presentation Thursday, May 26, at 6 p.m., will cover the long heritage of mystery writing in Maine with a special focus on her friend, the late mystery author Lea Wait.

    To sign up for this online event, visit the LCHA website, www.lincolncountyhistory.org, navigate to Events, and fill out the registration form. The talk is free, but donations are accepted.

    Kate Flora’s fascination with people’s criminal tendencies began in the Maine Attorney General’s office. Deadbeat dads, people who hurt their kids, and employers’ discrimination aroused her curiosity about human behavior.

    The author of twenty-four books and many short stories, Flora has been a finalist for the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Derringer awards. She won the Public Safety Writers Association award for nonfiction and twice won the Maine Literary Award for crime fiction. Her most recent Thea Kozak mystery is Death Sends a Message; her most recent Joe Burgess tale is A World of Deceit. Her crime stories appear in a collection entitled Careful What You Wish For: Stories of revenge, retribution, and the world made right. 
    Flora is a founding member of the New England Crime Bake and the Maine Crime Wave and she runs the blog, Maine Crime Writers (https://mainecrimewriters.com). Her nonfiction focuses on aspects of the public safety officers’ experience such as A good Man with a Dog, which was a finalist for the Maine Literary Award.

    She divides her time between Massachusetts and Maine, where she gardens and cooks and watches the clouds when she’s not imagining her character’s dark deeds.

    This talk by Kate Flora is part of LCHA’s year-long celebration of women writers of Lincoln County.

    The public is invited to visit special exhibits at the Museum & Old Jail in Wiscasset, the Pownalborough Court House in Dresden, and the Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta. All sites will open for the season on June 4. Admission is free on that day for Lincoln County residents.

    For more information on Lincoln County Historical Association’s upcoming programs on Lincoln County Women Writers, visit: www.lincolncountyhistory.org and Facebook page, Lincoln County Historical Association (Maine).