Born in the shadow of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Irene M. Drago’s father and brother both served on U.S. destroyers, which inspired in Ms. Drago a fascination with ships and boats of all kinds and led her to Maine. Much like Ellie Malone, the principal narrator of Daughters of Long Reach, Ms. Drago fell in love with Bath's maritime history in 2013 and has quickly cultivated deep ties to the Kennebec River. She lives in Bath with her husband and has kept her writing flowing by maintaining Bath Time Society, a blog that speaks to Mainers both native and new. Ms. Drago studied Spanish and Russian at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. After graduating, she worked for the Defense Department in the Washington, D.C. area. Later, she earned a Master of Arts degree in Spanish language and literature from Loyola University of Chicago and began a twenty-year teaching career. Her debut novel, Daughters of Long Reach, won a 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Award. Ms. Drago is presently working on her second novel and planning a third to complete the series.