Tourism expert finding new success as crime novelist

BY JOHN KOZIOL, Union Leader Correspondent

For almost 40 years, Mark Okrant has literally written the book on New Hampshire tourism, an experience that in the past decade he has mined to pen multiple crime novels set at historic resorts, including The Balsams, the Omni Mount Washington, Mountain View Grand, and Wentworth by the Sea.

Born and raised in New London, Conn., Okrant, 66, came north in 1979 when he was hired by then Plymouth State College to create the first academic tourism program in New Hampshire. He soon came under the wing of four leading tourism experts: Mildred Beech of the Lakes Region Association; Steve Barba, the general manager of The Balsams; Dick Hamilton, of White Mountain Attractions; and Norm Vandernoot who was with the state’s travel office. Read more…