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William D. Andrews, author of Breaking Ground and Stealing History, spent summers in Maine for eighteen years until he could find a job to justify a permanent move. That happened in 1989 when he became president of Westbrook College in Portland. The merger of Westbrook and the University of New England freed him to pursue a lifelong interest in writing, supplemented by freelance editing and consulting for nonprofit organizations. Over the years, Andrews has come to love historical societies, which he calls “wonderful, quirky places inhabited by colorful characters with a passion for local history.” Julie Williamson, the puzzle-loving protagonist of his mystery novels, is a natural extension of his varied interests (and the director of her local historical society, set in a small mountain town in western Maine). Andrews divides his time between homes in Newry and Portland. When he isn’t writing, he reads, skis, snowshoes, cooks, and plays tennis.
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