Emmy Award-winner Kathleen Ernst is the bestselling author of 36 published mysteries, historical fiction, and non-fiction history books for adults and young readers.
Kathleen's most recent adult book is Mining For Justice, her eighth Chloe Ellefson mystery. A reviewer for Mystery Scene Magazine wrote: "I was captivated by this novel. Ernst holds all the story threads in her hands lightly, providing the right doses of suspense, danger, and mystery in the right amounts at the right times."
The Chloe mysteries are available in trade paperback, large print, Kindle and other ebook formats, and as audiobooks from Amazon and Audible.
The next Chloe mystery, The Lacemaker's Secret, is now available for pre-order from Amazon as a trade paperback and for the Kindle.
Kathleen's newest American Girl children's historical adventure book is Gunpowder and Tea Cakes, the first new story in years about Felicity and her experiences during the American Revolution. It is Kathleen's twentieth book for American Girl, and available from Amazon as a standalone paperback and as part of the Felicity 3-Book Box Set.
Over the years Kathleen's work has earned numerous honors, including an Emmy, a Society of Midland Authors Children's Fiction Award, a LOVEY Best Traditional Mystery Award, and nominations for the Edgar Allan Poe and multiple Agatha Christie mystery awards. To date, readers have purchased over 1.7 million audio, ebook, and printed copies of her books.
Kathleen has a Masters Degree in History Education and Writing from Antioch University, where her self-designed program focused on nontraditional methods of teaching and learning history, with a special emphasis on historical fiction. She spent over a decade as a Curator of Interpretation and Collections at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin's Old World Wisconsin outdoor museum, a job that provided great material for her novels.
She lives near Madison, Wisconsin with her husband Scott (AKA "Mr. Ernst") and Sophie the feline muse. Some of her greatest pleasures include gardening, learning folk crafts, traveling to research new books, and hearing from readers. To that end, she maintains an extensive website, kathleenernst.com, as well as an author's page on Facebook, facebook.com/kathleenernst.author, and a blog, sitesandstories.wordpress.com.