CASTINE, Maine — Author and award-winning journalist Kevin C. Mills will return to his roots for a talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at the Witherle Memorial Library.
Co-sponsored by the Castine Historical Society, Mills appears as part of the Maine Writers Series. The public is invited to hear Mills discuss the family history research that led to his two historical novels, Sons and Daughters of the Ocean and Breakwater.
Mills has a rich maritime history, filled with shipbuilders, merchant mariners and lighthouse keepers. Many of his ancestors were early settlers in the Brooksville, Sedgewick, Penobscot and Castine area. His Mills relatives, as well as Douglass, Varnum, Jones and Wasson ancestors, were all parts of the local maritime history along the Bagaduce River and beyond.
His first novel, Sons and Daughters of the Ocean, is loosely based on his martime heritage in Brooksville. Three teens grow up in a sea-faring environment that continually shapes them. The sea ultimately impacts their lives each day, but determines their future in ways they never expect.
Breakwater is the follow-up to his acclaimed historical novel Sons and Daughters of the Ocean. It looks at how life can change without warning and be dictated by destiny. The storms we face define our lifetimes and living is that search for peace beneath the heartbreak.
Mills, a graduate of Gorham High School and Gordon College, has been recognized by the Maine Press Association, the New England Press Association and was voted Best Author in the Portland Phoenix 2011 Reader’s Poll.
Sons an Daughters of the Ocean and Breakwater are available in various Maine bookstores, through Maine Authors Publishing, at Amazon.com as well as www.kevincmills.com or https://www.facebook.com/kevin.c.mills2.