Author Talk

Post date: Mar 3, 2018 4:49:13 PM

July 24: Author Talk – Sandra Neily at 7pm. Southport Memorial Library, 1032 Hendricks Hill Rd.,Southport, ME (633-2741). Sandra Neily is one of the Crime Writers of Maine and joins Lea Wait and Bruce Robert Coffin who will have appeared at our library by the end of this summer.


National Winner: Mystery Writers of America McCloy Award

National Finalist: Women's Fiction Writers Rising Star Contest

Finalist: 2018 Maine Literary Awards Competition

SANDRA NEILY is a Maine native whose varied career has included working as a registered Maine guide as well as a whitewater river outfitter. An avid outdoorswoman who loves woods, waters, and wildlife, Sandra has paddled, fished, hiked, and skied all over the beautiful state of Maine, and enjoys transporting readers into the places she knows so well. Sandra is the winner of the Mystery Writers of America Helen McCloy National award, as well as a finalist for the Women’s Fiction Writers Association’s Rising Star Contest, and a finalist in the Maine Writers and Publishers' 2018 Maine Literary Awards competition.

Sandra received a B.A. from Middlebury College, and holds an M.A. from Middlebury’s Bread Loaf School of English. She also attended the Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers’ Conference and the Stonecoast Writers’ Conference She has served in leadership positions at the Maine Conservation School and Maine Audubon Society, and has been honored with the Maine Public Relations Council’s “Golden Arrow” award. She also received the Natural Resources Council of Maine’s “Conservation Award” for her work to save the Penobscot River from a dam that would have drowned its famous land-locked salmon fishery and world-class rapids.

Her passion for Maine’s woods and waters landed her as governor’s appointee to the Maine Economic Growth Council, the Northern Forest Sustainability Initiative Steering Committee, the Citizen’s Advisory Committee to the Northern Forest Lands Council, and the Maine Department of Conservation Public Advisory Committee. She co-founded the Penobscot Coalition to Save the West Branch, as well as the Moosehead Region Futures Committee.

Sandra lives next to Moosehead Lake with her husband and rescue dog, and enjoys fly fishing, skiing, paddling, and being “out there,” except when she’s writing stories that immerse people in the world she loves.


“...a beautiful book that brilliantly captures the battle to conserve Maine’s mythical woods...” Ron Joseph, wildlife biologist and Down East Magazine author

“ environmental murder mystery, where the stakes are high and a vanishing world inspires violence.” National Helen McCloy award winner: Mystery Writers of America

“... exceptional, jaw-dropping TALENT...” Women’s Fiction Writers Association Rising Star finalist

“...a rare talent in indie literary fiction, delving into women's issues in a way that rings so true...reminiscent of good contemporary American authors such as Joy Williams, Joanna Scott, and Cheryl Strayed” SPR

"a rare talent in indie literary fiction, delving into women's issues in a way that rings so true...” SPR

“...will propel you across the wildest of Maine’s terrain and into its coldest waters—in search of whispered wolves, possible murderers, odd bedfellows, greedy sons of bitches, and reasons for it all.” FAPA award winning author Meredith Marple