Author Jean Marie Ivey


Jean Marie Ivey lives in Maine near Acadia National Park. She pursued a part time career in photography, freelance writing and illustrating, coauthoring the book Maine Paradise with Russell D. Butcher, published by Viking Press in 1972. She also published, cowrote and coillustrated Facts and Fancy: Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island in 1993 and published again in a revised updated version by Page Publishing in 2018. She wrote Cassie’s Dream also published by Page Publishing in 2016.

In the early eighties, Jean Marie began a thirty-three-year career at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. Her greatest love, of course, is for her seven children, fourteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren. A major love throughout her many years is music. She loves to sing. Jean Marie has sung and played hand bells in many of the churches in her area of Maine. She directed a folk choir for ten years in Seal Harbor consisting of her children and many others both young and old from the community. She traveled throughout New England with Norumbega Harmony singing shaped note sacred harp hynms written for pre-Revolutionary war congregational singing. In 1987 she joined the Surry Opera Company in Down East Maine. She toured with the company to the U.S.S.R. during the cold war singing in Leningrad, Moscow, the Republic of Georgia and Japan. Her two trips to sing in the Republic of Georgia haunted her with the feeling that she had lived there before. That Déjà vu and her love for that country resulted in the creation of this book, The Vine and the Cross.


  • The Vine and the Cross, Published in 2019 by Page Publishing
  • Cassie’s Dream, Published in 2016 by Page Publishing
  • Facts and Fancy, Acadia, Mount Desert Island, Published 2018 by Page Publishing


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