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In Those Who Live by the Sea, Lockeport finally gets chance to shine

Marsha Curry with a copy of her first book Those Who Live by the Sea.
Marsha Curry with a copy of her first book Those Who Live by the Sea. - Carla Allen

Author features beloved town as backdrop in her first work of fiction

LOCKEPORT, N.S. —

Growing up in Lockeport, Marsha Curry became increasingly annoyed that her lovely little town was not mentioned in any book she could find. She longed to remedy the situation. This year she managed to.

Those Who Live by the Sea is published by Navarone Books and tells the light and comical story of a teacher moving from Dartmouth to teach in Lockeport.

Curry says she wanted the place to be real and that she grew up loving the town.

“Part of my aim was to promote it a little bit,” she said. “It’s a stunning place.”

Curry’s parents Bill and Norma taught in Lockeport for two decades, but she says the book’s not about them or any other resident who thinks they recognize themselves as a character.

The plot is appealing.

“When the teacher arrives she realizes it’s not so bad. She falls in love, likes it and decides to stay,” said Curry.

The plot is set in the early 2000s and Curry classifies it as adult but not “racy.” She says she has another book in the works.

She has advice to others who might be interested in writing their first book.

“A lot of people have said to me that they’d like to write a book. I would say to them, the key to writing a book is to write it. You have to dedicate the time. It’s been a fun experience.”

Where to buy

Those Who Live by the Sea is available through Chapters, Amazon, Kindle and also Coles. It sells in the range of $26.99 CDN for a printed copy.

On Aug.10, author Marsha Curry will be at Coles bookstore at Yarmouth Mall 1-3 p.m.

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