Crime writer Kate Flora talks about her craft

Maine has produced some terrific female mystery writers, and the Lincoln County Historical Association is happy to celebrate them with a talk by Kate Flora. A Maine native and highly accomplished crime writer, Flora’s Zoom presentation at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 26 will cover Maine’s long legacy of mystery writing with a particular focus on her friend, late mystery writer Lea Wait.

To register for this online event, visit the LCHA website, , go to Events and complete the registration form. The conference is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Kate Flora’s fascination with people’s criminal tendencies began in the Maine Attorney General’s office. Deadbeat fathers, people hurting their children, and employer discrimination sparked his curiosity about human behavior. Author of twenty-four books and numerous short stories, Flora was a finalist for the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony and Derringer awards. She has won the Public Safety Writers Association Award for Nonfiction and twice won the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. His most recent Thea Kozak mystery is “Death Sends a Message”; his most recent Joe Burgess tale is “A World of Deceit”. His crime stories appear in a collection called “Careful What You Wish For: Stories of revenge, retribution, and the world made right”.

Flora is a founding member of the New England Crime Bake and the Maine Crime Wave and runs the blog, Maine Crime Writers ( His non-fiction focuses on aspects of the public safety officer experience such as A good Man with a Dog, which was a finalist for the Maine Literary Award. She splits her time between Massachusetts and Maine, where she gardens, cooks, and watches the clouds when she’s not imagining the dark deeds of her characters.

This talk by Kate Flora is part of LCHA’s year-long celebration of Lincoln County Women Writers. For more information on upcoming Lincoln County Historical Association programs on women writers in Lincoln County, visit: