Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Press Release 7-30-2014


CONTACT:  Heidi Mayo


“A must read for humans of all ages, this middle grade novel grows up before your very eyes.”

PLYMOUTH, MA, July 30, 2014— Local author Heidi Mayo has launched her middle grade novel NELSON TELSON – The Story of a True Blue Blood just in time for summer reading.   Mayo, a local pastel painter and teacher of fine art, wrote and illustrated NELSON TELSON over the course of nine years, and then, like the horseshoe crab in the story, it rested in the mud for a while. Mayo said, “Suddenly the world was ready for Nelson, so at the turn of the year I finished the illustrations in ink, formatted it to industry standards, and edited the heck out of it with a little help from a few of my highly literate, sharp-eyed friends.”  Her love of the local shoreline, all of its inhabitants, and the natural world that sustains us is the inspiration for this book.

Set in and around the waters of Duxbury and Plymouth, Massachusetts, painfully shy and lonely, eleven-year-old Mariah Miller hates being a human; she’d rather be an animal so she wouldn’t have to go to school and deal with mean old Mrs. Tarbox and her nasty cousin, Travis, who has invaded her life.  Enchantment abounds when she finds a magic spearhead on the beach that allows her to talk to a wise old horseshoe crab and a host of other animals.  Her father becomes seriously ill, and throughout her trials in the real world, she is often surprised by the unpredictable power of the spearhead.  As she magically travels through time and space, and listens to the wisdom of creatures and people, Mariah makes leaps in her own personal growth, discovers the interdependence of all living things, learns how perspective creates reality, and what it really means to be human.

Mayo conducted a highly successful Kickstarter campaign to finance the first edition. This edition has two printings: Amazon’s CreateSpace Independent Publishing edition is available at, and a special edition printed locally by Powder Horn Press is available at Westwinds Bookshop in Duxbury and signed copies can be purchased directly from the author at

Mayo is available for interviews and appearances. For booking presentations, media appearances, interviews, and/or book-signings contact

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