I started my blog, Sites and Stories, to celebrate historic sites - the stories they tell, the stories they inspire. My posts often provide behind-the-scenes glimpses of places and themes featured in my books. I also write occasionally as a guest on other blogs, usually about facets of my Chloe Ellefson adult mystery books published by Midnight Ink. There’s a lot here - have fun exploring!

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Below are descriptions and links to the 2016 posts on my Sites and Stories blog and guest posts on other blogs. Enjoy!

Laura Land Tour: Mansfield, MO 

Photo by author Kathleen Ernst of the Rock House built by Rose Wilder Lane for her parents Almonzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder near Mansfield, Missouri, for them to retire in. "I will admit that when my sister and I began planning visits to all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites, I was most excited to see the places I’d read about in Laura’s Little House books. That did not include Mansfield. After visiting? All I can say is that it is a very..." more>>

Posted February 12, 2016.

Laura Land Tour: Independence, KS

Color photo taken by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst of the reproduction log cabin on the property where Laura Ingalls Wilder lived as a child, near Independence, Kansas. "The Kansas prairie is the setting for Little House On The Prairie, the second book in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic Little House series. Today, fans can visit the site where the Ingalls family briefly made their home. Laura was only two when..." more>>

Posted February 5, 2016.

Laura Land Tour: De Smet, SD - Part 2

Photo of Ingalls Homestead roadside sign near De Smet, South Dakota, taken by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst. "As I mentioned in my last post about De Smet, avid Laura Ingalls Wilder fans can easily spend more than a single day in the area. I suggest picking up a copy of the booklet “Explore De Smet,” a walking and driving guide to many of the sites mentioned in..." more>>

Posted January 28, 2016.

The Year Ahead

Crayon drawing of colorful flowers by Evelyn "Happy 2016! I’m a bit behind because I’ve been working hard to meet a couple of deadlines. But I want to share some news about the coming year." more>>

Posted January 19, 2016.