Andrew Vietze (that’s Veets) does his scribbling in the back bedroom of an old Maine farmhouse and a cabin deep in the woods of Baxter State Park. He’s the author of twelve books, including Boon Island: A True Story of Mutiny, Shipwreck, and Cannibalism, a #1 Amazon Bestseller (US History), winner of a Gold at the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards in New York, and a 2012 Book of the Year finalist. It was featured on the Travel Channel at the end of June 2014. Vietze’s previous book Becoming Teddy Roosevelt: How a Maine Guide Inspired America’s 26th President won a silver medal at the IPPYs – the Independent Publisher Book Awards – was honored by the Maine State Legislature, and was a 2010 Book of the Year Award finalist in the biography category. It also spent weeks on the Maine Sunday Telegram‘s bestseller list and inspired the Lunder New Naturalists program at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, which used the story of Theodore Roosevelt as an entry point for middle schoolers into the world of conservation. More than 19 schools – and 600 students – participated in the statewide program.
The former managing editor of Down East: The Magazine of Maine, Vietze has written for a wide variety of magazines and online publications, including Time Out New York, The New York Times’ LifeWire, Crawdaddy!, AMC Outdoors, Popmatters, Hooked on the Outdoors, Explore, Offshore, American Songwriter, Big Sky Journal, MaineBiz, and Maine Times. He’s done work for such varied organizations as NASA, the states of Maine and Texas, Weather.com, several schools and universities, the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, and the Natural Resources Council of Maine. Two of his pieces for Down East have won awards for feature writing from the International Regional Magazine Association.
A hardcore fan of Liverpool Football Club, and former singer/guitarist in several indie rock bands, he spends six months of each year as a ranger in the wilds of the Katahdin region. That’s where he’s currently hard at work on a book about the eastern white pine and its role in American history, due next year. And adapting Becoming Teddy Roosevelt for a young audience, also due next year. And writing essays about life as a park ranger. And tinkering with his debut novel, a thriller set in the North Woods during the lumbering era.