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Fisherman & Author
At the confident age of nine, Linda Greenlaw was already making off with her father's fishing boat and taking her younger brother and sister on adventures at sea. Today, after 20 years as a commercial fisherman, Greenlaw's been called one of the best sea captains on the East Coast. But
she's also made her mark in the publishing world, recalling her adventures at sea and her life at home, in a small town in coastal Maine. Valarie Morris tells her tale.
Off the coast of down East Maine, hidden in the mist, is Idaho, the home of about sixty-year rounders, mainly lobster fishermen. It's also the home of Linda Greenlaw, former Sword-boat captain, author and lobsterman.
Most of the time, she can be found lobstering with her dad working in the stern. Each season has its own story to tell.
I've been fishing for 20 years, all different fisheries. And you definitely get used to the up and down. Nobody consistently makes money all year round, no matter what fishery you're in, you can have some bad times.
For years, as captain of a one hundred foot sword-boat, Greenlaw braved dangerous weather, and was away from home for months at a time. Greenlaw's best-selling first book, Hungry Ocean, tells of her adventures 1500 miles off shore.
They call it sea fever. It's a feeling you get when you're on the water. I like the way I feel when I'm at sea. I'm passionate about catching fish. It doesn't matter what kind of fish, and what size. It's what I like to do. And as proud as I am to be recognized, now, as the best-selling author, nothing makes me prouder than saying I'm a fisherman.
AN UNIDENTIFIED MAN
I smell copper-tone. That means that Captain Linda Greenlaw, a lady vain about her nose is in my wheelhouse.
In the movie "The Perfect Storm", Greenlaw was played by Mary Elizabeth Masterantonio. The film, which is based on the real lives of New England deep-sea fishermen, tells the tragic story of a captain, Billy Tyme, played by George Clooney, who faces an unspeakable triple storm.
I liked a lot about the movie. I liked the fact, I thought it was a nice tribute to a way of life. And I don't mean like a memorial to the men who died. I mean it's like a tribute to the people who choose to go to sea. When I heard George Clooney was going to play the lead, I begged Warner Brothers, just let me play myself, about fifty times.
Greenlaw gave up sword fishing, because new regulations made the dangerous business that much less practical, and for personal reasons.
I wanted very much to start my own family. And it just wasn't happening sword fishing. I've had some nice boyfriends, but there's something about thanks for dinner, see ya in thirty days, you don't get too many second dates. It seems to be some kind of a mistake to come to the island to start a family because there are three single men on the island, two of them are gay, and one is my cousin. So this wasn't my best move.
Maybe not the best move in her opinion, but fans of Greenlaw are pretty excited. Her latest book hit the shelves this week, "The Lobster Chronicles", life on a very small island, accounts the changes in her professional and personal life since returning to Idaho.