WELLS, Maine — For Wells resident Karen Maffeo Creamer, writing and publishing her first novel was a process that began in 2010 with a commitment to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. The result is “ One Brave Thing,” a novel Creamer completed and published in February of this year.
“The first draft was written in 2010 and then I put it away for a while,” Creamer said. “Last year I got serious about publishing it. My husband suggested writing from the third person point of view rather than the first. That’s what got into print.”
The book is the story of Bebe Segretti, a young girl who meets the love of her life in high school. But that romance didn’t blossom and the book traces Bebe’s journey through myriad relationships that didn’t work out either.
“She meets her soulmate in high school,” Creamer said. “He didn’t agree and it didn’t work out. She wanted to get married and chose a lot of wrong men to date. She also comes from a dysfunctional family and wanted her new family not to be like that.”
Does her luck ever change? Creamer said you need to read the book to find out.
Creamer noted that the November, 2010 writing commitment came as part of National Novel Writing Month, an annual Internet based creative writing activity where writers can sign up for free at the website nanowrimo.org. She simply signed up and committed to write the 50,000 word novel that month.
Creamer said she’s been writing since age 10.
“I’ve loved books my whole life,” she said. “After reading, writing is my favorite thing. I wanted to write the kind of book that I like to read, about strong women who make it through adversity.”
Creamer noted that she already has a couple of other books in the pipeline.
“The sequel is written and needs to go to an editor,” she said. “It’s about how to stay married in mid-life. The third book is in process. Several people have already asked when the next one will be ready.”
“I love Italian food,” Creamer said. “I eat it and write about it. Some of it is about restaurants, some are my own recipes.”
“One Brave Thing” is available throughout the area including at Annie’s Bookstop, Elemental Energies with Chris Ann, and the Wells IGA; at Zen and Company in Kennebunk; Nonesuch Books in Biddeford; The Shops at Cape Neddick; Longfellow Books and Sherman’s Books and Stationery in Portland. It’s also available at Amazon.com.
Creamer will be at the Wells Public library at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21 for a book discussion and signing.
She has lived in Wells since 2004 with her husband William. The couple has two children, Anthony, 24, and Isabelle, 17.