Kathleen Ernst

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I grew up in Maryland, in a house full of books! Both of my parents were avid readers, thank goodness. Before we traveled to a new area, my librarian-mom used to bring home historical novels set in that place. It was a great way to get excited about history.

I began writing stories when I was maybe 10 or 11. At 15 I wrote my first novel; I sold my first novel to a publisher 20 years later! Writing was my hobby, so during those two decades I just kept practicing, reading, writing some more. What a thrill to finally hold my first book in my hand! Still, I write because I enjoy the process (at least most of the time).

For years I wrote while working at other day jobs. I spent 12 years working at a huge historic site, which was a perfect spot for
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Kathleen Ernst Hi Elizabeth - excellent question! Choose a location has several components. First, a museum or historic site has to be large enough to accommodate th…moreHi Elizabeth - excellent question! Choose a location has several components. First, a museum or historic site has to be large enough to accommodate the plot of a murder mystery. Sometimes I combined settings (such as the Belgian Farm at Heritage Hill and the Belgian Heritage Center, both featured in The Lacemaker's Secret) to give me enough landscape.

Second, it has to be a place I love, and want to recommend to readers. I only consider sites I've already visited for that reason. I do happily accept suggestions from readers, but I can't commit to featuring a place until I've explored it for myself.

Finally, I try to choose a site for each book that reflects the emotional journey that my main characters are taking. For example, I always knew I wanted to write about the Laura Ingalls Wilder sites, but I waited until Chloe and Roelke were facing a common theme in the Wilder books, that of finding a home. Chloe and Roelke are asking questions similar to those echoed by the Ingalls family: Am I ready to settle down? Where? Am I ready to settle down with this person? What happens when one partner wants to move on and the other doesn't? I like having that reflection back-and-forth between past and present.

Hope that's helpful! If you have a suggestion, feel free to let me know. (less)
Kathleen Ernst Hi Ashley - Thanks for connecting! I'm happy to report that I'm working now on the 9th Chloe book, which will be out in October 2018. I hope to contin…moreHi Ashley - Thanks for connecting! I'm happy to report that I'm working now on the 9th Chloe book, which will be out in October 2018. I hope to continue the series indefinitely.(less)
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message 2: by Sue

Sue I loved Laura Ingalls Wilder as a child, too! A friend mentioned them today and I decided they would definitely be worth a re-read after all these years.


message 1: by Sue

Sue Nice to connect with you, too. I'm looking forward to reading your work.


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