New Gloucester writer’s first novel finds enthusiastic audience

After spending most of her days alone in the writing shed out back behind her house, Joan Dempsey finds it liberating to be on the road promoting her novel, “This Is How It Begins.”

Berkeley-based She Writes Press published the book in October, and Dempsey has been out in the world since, talking about her debut novel whenever and wherever she’s invited. “The experience has been fabulous,” she said. “I love it.”

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