I did a google search and found a long list of authors from New England. Does it have to be a contemporary author? If not, you might consider Nathaniel Hawthorne or Herman Melville. Some contemporary (meaning 20th-21st century) you might consider are Katherine Paterson, Anne Beattie, Willa Cather, Mary Higgins Clark, Tess Gerritsen, Robert Parker, Anita Shreve, David Mamet, and many others. To be different, unless you are required to choose a novelist, you might want to look at David Mamet. His plays are very innovative.