Linda Greenlaw

Linda Greenlaw is the author of the bestsellers The Hungry Ocean, All Fishermen are Liars, The Lobster Chronicles, and Recipes from a Small Island, as well as the Jane Bunker mysteries, including Slipknot, and Fisherman’s Bend. Before becoming a writer, she was the captain of a swordboat, the career that earned her a prominent role in Sebastian Junger’s The Perfect Storm and a portrayal in the subsequent film. She now lives on Isle au Haut, Maine, where she captains a lobster boat.

While best known for her New York Times bestselling nonfiction, her Jane Bunker mystery series combines her excellence at writing about Maine and the ocean with her talent for spinning a good yarn. Her latest Jane Bunker mystery is Shiver Hitch.  Jane Bunker thought she’d escaped the pollution, noise, and dead bodies of the big city when she left her job as a Miami homicide detective and moved back to the idyllic town of Green Haven, Maine. But through her work as a marine insurance investigator, it appears she’s left behind the bustle of the city, but not the murder.

Rachel Rowley Spaulding

Born on Cape Cod, Rachel Rowley Spaulding holds a business degree from Boston University, and has worked primarily in the financial field.  She gained her writing education from UMass Dartmouth.  Rachel now lives in Wareham, her childhood home, close to New Bedford, the historic fishing port she has come to love.

In Search of Ellen Marie is the true story of a painting-inspired passionate pursuit to locate a fishing vessel.   It’s really about life – a boat’s life, yes, but also about lives of people and their power to affect others: the fisherman in South Bristol, Maine who put his work on hold to chat and share an important phone number; Ellen Marie’s Captain of the 1960s and ‘70s in New Bedford, Massachusetts who challenged her stereotypic thinking about fishermen and took her on an imaginary trip to Georges Bank; another captain who took her on board a vessel to clarify her understanding of the fishing process; and the nose-ringed bartender in Newport, Rhode Island who gladly put up her poster and gave her a drink on the house.

It’s about being human and experiencing the psychological defense of denial when I didn’t want to believe something, and experiencing compassion when I heard the grief of loved ones left behind when fishermen lost their lives at sea.  It’s about the awe-inspiring realization that I had been injected into the historic era soon to be lost forever of wooden commercial fishing boats manned by a unique breed of courageous fishermen.