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The Writer

As a Certified Independent Organic Farm Inspector I travel to farms all over the state, providing the  annual inspection required for their on-going organic certification. My experiences in the sugar maple farms of Maine's North Woods led me to write my first novel, "Murder in the Maple Woods."


It's a story set in the francophone sugar camps in NW Somerset County, Maine. I have worked up there for years and find the place and the people so interesting and little known. I thought it would be a fun challenge to invent a mystery, the solution to which lies in understanding how the organic certification process works. And so, my writing journey began.


You can order a signed copy of the book directly from me, here. It's also available from Maine Authors' Publishing, at many of Maine's small, independent bookstores and from in both print and Kindle formats.


"Forget about all the rules. Forget about being published. Write for yourself and celebrate writing." Melinda Haynes

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