CLAREMONT – A first-time children’s book author and a first-time children’s book illustrator – Maggie Kemp and Melody Zahn Russell – teamed up to produce “Sam Fisherwoman – The Reel Story,” which will be presented Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Fiske Free Library in Claremont.
Although Kemp and Russell have known each other for 20 years, the project took that long to take shape.
“I started over 20 years ago,” said Kemp, “but I was raising children. I was distracted by a lot of things. Melody taught my children art classes; her son and my daughter were in kindergarten together.”
Kemp lives on Long Pond in Lempster, where she kayaks frequently. She’s an avid nature-watcher whose love of the outdoors began in childhood.