Sarah Sherman McGrail is a seventh generation Southport Island native. She attended the island’s three-room school house, graduated from Boothbay Region High School with the Class of 1988, and furthered her education earning degrees in Graphic Arts from Central Maine Community College in 1991, a B.A. in English with a minor in Behavioral Science with honors at the University of Maine at Augusta in 2007, and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University in 2009.
In 1996, Sarah founded her own publishing house, Cozy Harbor Press, Inc., and has since self-published six books – Southport: The War Years, An Island Remembers; Heroes Among Us, A History of Boothbay Region’s Veterans During the Second World War; The Littlest Tugboat; Harbor Journal, Vol. 1 (Winner Best Self-Published Book – Maine Literary Awards 2007); Harbor Journal, Vol. II (Honorable Mention – Maine Literary Awards 2009), and published dear friend and former Tuskegee Airman LeRoy Battle’s memoirs, And The Beat Goes On, in 2008.
Her latest work, Looking Back: A History of Boothbay Region's Veterans during the Korean and Vietnam Wars (Volumes I & II), encompasses eight years of research and provides a rare opportunity to explore the real-life wartime experiences of Maine service men and women, with many of their histories being told for the very first time.