At the height of Prohibition three sisters in a genteel Massachusetts family turn rumrunners to save their family. Desperate to provide for their newly widowed mother and little brother, they use the family’s pleasure schooner to smuggle whiskey from Canada.
Kate, the bookworm, hatches the plan, sacrificing her last year at Wellesley to make every grueling and dangerous trip. Rosalie risks her engagement to a clergyman to help on the home front, and tends Kate’s gunshot wound from rum-pirates. Aggie, a dazzling flapper hungry for adventure, uses the undertaking to become involved with a man she doesn’t realize is a vicious killer.
Kate’s courage in the face of storms, crooks on both sides of the law, and the treacherous tides of the Bay of Fundy change her view of the world. It also changes the lives of those around her. The Portuguese-Irish fisherman she hires to captain Pa’s Folly earns money enough to provide previously unimagined options for his poor but close-knit family, but bears the secret burden of falling in love with Kate. A wealthy old woman dying of loneliness in her clifftop mansion finds reasons to live. Even Kate’s cousin, shattered in body and spirit by his service in The Great War, is caught in the ripples.
THE WHISKEY TIDE is a sweeping saga of family ties that bind and chafe and sometimes fray, and of new horizons glimpsed in the dark of the moon.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
The Whiskey Tide is a mainstream novel with multiple viewpoints and storylines. It’s more complex and thought provoking than the shorter, tougher, faster-paced novels in my Maggie Sullivan mystery series.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Read, read, read.
Write, write, write.
Edit and cut mercilessly.
Once upon a time I was a good girl, churning out novels for traditional publishers (some as Mary Ruth Myers) and being rewarded with sales of foreign translations and film options.
Then I hit 50.
Good-by good girl.
Good-by being steered away from writing the books I wanted to write.
I decided to sample the wild new world of independent publishing. Three books later, I have no intention of turning back.
I’m a former reporter/feature writer by way of the University of Missouti J-School. I live in Ohio with a husband, a cat and a couple of odd Irish musical instruments I endeavor to play.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Several elements inspired me to write this book. Salem, MA, has so much more to it than its link to witches. One of the greatest charms to me is its long-time amusement park, Salem Willows, with the feel of another era in its penny arcade, willow trees and the legendary carousel known as The Flying Horses. A chance meeting with an old man who told me about whiskey being hidden under The Flying Horses during Prohibition, and sailing on a Gloucester schooner like the one in the novel, added to the swirl of imagination from which the story emerged.
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