Writing from home can sometimes be a lonely business, but my beagle/basset hound, Bailey, keeps me company in my office. On the coffee table pictured in front of him is my framed 1930 newspaper article reporting the plight of famous Arctic explorer and pilot, Admiral Richard E. Byrd, when trapped in the Antarctic after his history-making flight over the South Pole.
Byrd had prepared for his flight over the Pole by coming to Stonington to study the papers of Captain Nathaniel Palmer, who discovered Antarctica. Both explorers are included in my latest book, Mystic Seafarer’s Trail, which takes a humorous and historical look at the haunts and homes of the area's famous sea voyagers--living and dead--and includes little-known details about Amelia Earhart's wedding to George Putnam in Noank (I interviewed the grandson of the judge who performed the ceremony).
Last winter, I finally had my shot at becoming thin and famous like Amelia Earhart when a blind sailor asked me help sail a boat from Maryland to Mystic. I don’t want to tell you what happened in case you plan to read my book!
My holiday present to the Mystic community is to make the Mystic Seafarer's Trail e-book version free through Amazon on Monday, December 10. If you believe it would make a great gift for someone, or attract out-of-towners to our area, you may purchase an autographed copy at my PowerPoint presentation on the Mystic Seafarer's Trail on at the Mystic & Noank Library. Light refreshments will be served and a portion of book sales will benefit the library.
Copies of my book are also available at Bank Square Books, Franklin's General Store, Carson's Variety Store, and as an e-book or softcover through my Amazon page at: www.amazon.com/author/lisasaunders. (The "LOOK INSIDE" feature on the book cover image on Amazon allows you to read the first few chapters for free at any time.)