About the Author
Jane Petrlik Smolik grew up in Cape Elizabeth, Maine and still returns each summer with her family to their cottage in Scarborough.
"The idea for my first book, In and Out of Portland with Children, began one rainy Memorial Day weekend in 1997 when I had taken my two children to a local bookstore. Looking over shelves full of Maine guidebooks, I was amazed that there was nothing that specifically offered things to do with children. Surely with most of the population living in the southern half of the state and 9 million tourists visiting annually, this was a book waiting to be written.
"I thought long and hard about what a good guide book should be. First, it should be big enough that you don't need to carry along a magnifying glass to read the print, yet small enough to fit in a diaper bag, briefcase or purse. It should offer up things to do for both toddlers and teens and everyone in between. Out-of-towners should be directed to all the popular sites we locals have been going to for years, but natives should also be surprised by some of the findings and at how many places there are to visit with children.
"You obviously agreed with me as we are now pleased to present the newly updated, fourth edition of our special little guide."
It wasn't long before Smolik began creating her award winning, original state puzzle book series to keep kids busy on all those rides In and Out of Portland!
"Each book is an adventure for me through the history and legend, geography and culture of the state I'm writing about. I loved this kind of book when I was young, and it's more fun than work now to research and pull them all together. I just imagine what I would have enjoyed and then weave some facts into each puzzle's fabric," says Smolik.
The author now splits her time between her home on Boston's North Shore and her family cottage in Scarborough, Maine. When not researching and writing books, she keeps busy painting, gardening, reading and spending time with her husband, their family and Gracie, their Weimaraner.