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Maine swordfish-boat captain and best-selling author Linda Greenlaw reveals why she’s hanging up her hook.

Maine swordfish-boat captain and best-selling author Linda Greenlaw reveals why she’s hanging up her hook.

Laura Lewis

Maine swordfish-boat captain and best-selling author Linda Greenlaw reveals why she’s hanging up her hook.

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I will always be known as the woman who survived “The Perfect Storm.” That’s why I had the opportunity to write my first book. I’ve been swordfishing since I was 19. I always loved being a fisherman, but writing was such a great opportunity. I don’t like sitting at a desk and watching my friends go by on their boats. I’ll always think of myself as a fisherman. MY HEART SAYS I’M A FISHERMAN, MY CHECKBOOK SAYS I’M A WRITER.

Book number nine, Lifesaving Lessons, will be released this month. It’s more personal; this goes into depth, EXPOSING MY DAUGHTER’S LIFE. Neither one of us was literally hanging on the edge of the cliff by our fingernails, but both our lives were enriched [when I became her legal guardian]. She had an [abusive] situation for a long time; I LED A SELFISH LIFE FOR 40 YEARS. I never had anyone else I had to actually care about. Then the stork left this kid on my doorstep when she was 15 years old. I didn’t need to go through the diaper-changing stage to have those real feelings — TO LOVE AND CARE AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR SOMEONE. I think the instincts are there.

It’s unlikely I’ll be jumping on a boat and heading to the Grand Banks for 30 days — I GOT MARRIED TO A BOAT BUILDER in September. I delivered a boat to his shop in Surry, Maine, in January 2012; things progressed quickly. We got married in the church on Isle au Haut. Everyone always says it’ll happen when you’re least expecting it — I’VE BEEN LEAST EXPECTING IT FOR A LONG TIME. This summer, I’d like to be hauling lobster traps. That would fit in nicely with married life, because you’re home every night.    — As told to Melissa Schorr

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