Local Maine writer wins national book award

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wilton author Kathy Lynn Emerson was awarded the 2008 Agatha Award for Best Non-fiction Book at the Malice Domestic conference in Washington, D.C.

The Agatha Awards, named for famed mystery writer Agatha Christie, are given annually to writers who work in the “cozy” mystery genre. Ms. Emerson won the award, embodied appropriately by a glossy black teapot, for her book How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries, published by Perseverance Press/John Daniel & Co., of McKinleyville, CA. (www.danielpublishing.com/perseverance)

Emerson, (pictured at right) who has been writing professionally for over 20 years, has over 40 published books to her credit. She writes two historical mystery series and one contemporary mystery series and occasionally ventures into non fiction.

In the Face Down series, featuring Susanna, Lady Appleton, sixteenth century gentlewoman, herbalist, and sleuth, the most recent entry is FACE DOWN O’ER THE BORDER. The Diana Spaulding 1888 Mysteries feature a late nineteenth-century American journalist. LETHAL LEGEND (set in Maine) follows DEADLIER THAN THE PEN (set in Maine), FATAL AS A FALLEN WOMAN (set in Colorado), and NO MORTAL REASON (set in rural New York State).

As Kaitlyn Dunnett, Kathy pens the contemporary Liss MacCrimmon Mysteries (KILT DEAD; SCONE COLD DEAD) which take place in the fictional Maine town of Moosetookalook. A graduate of Bates College in Lewiston and Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, Kathy lives in Wilton, Maine, with her husband, Sandy and three cats.

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