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Katheen Ernst, bestselling author and social historian, writes award-winning mysteries, historical fiction, and non-fiction for adults and young readers. To date readers have purchased 1.75 million print, audio, and ebook copies of her forty-one published books. Her latest book is The Solace of Stars: A Hanneke Bauer Mystery (July, 2023). Visit kathleenernst.com for more information.
Kathleen Ernst is a social historian, educator, and bestselling author. Her latest book is The Solace of Stars: A Hanneke Bauer Mystery, featuring a German immigrant in the 1850s. She also wrote A Settler’s Year: Pioneer Life Through the Seasons, which was
selected by the Library of Congress Center For The Book to represent Wisconsin at the National Book Festival, and earned an invitation to speak at the National Archives. Kathleen worked at Old World Wisconsin as curator of interpretation and collections for over a decade.
Kathleen has also written many historical novels for young readers, as well as television scripts, poetry, and essays. The Wisconsin Library Association has named Kathleen a “Notable Wisconsin Author.” Honors for her work also include serving as Write-In- Residence for the National Park Service, the American Heritage Women in the Arts Recognition Award for Literature from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a Major Achievement Award from the Council For Wisconsin Writers, the Sterling North Legacy Award for Children’s Literature, Edgar and Agatha Award nominations, and an Emmy for children’s programming. To date readers have purchased 1.75 million print, audio, and ebook copies of her Forty-one published books.Visit kathleenernst.com for more information.
Kathleen writes the award-winning Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mysteries (Three Towers Press), which feature a museum curator; and the Hanneke Bauer historical mysteries (Level Best Books), starring a German-speaking immigrant struggling to find
her home in the 1850s.
Kathleen is the creator of Caroline Abbott, the American Girl historical character set during the War of 1812, and author of the award-winning series about her. She has also written books about Kit, Molly, Josephina, Kirsten, Felicity; and three History Mysteries.
American Civil War:
Kathleen has written five historical fiction novels for young readers, and one non-fiction history book for adults, about the Civil War. One of the former earned her a National Park Service month-long Artist In Residence at the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. The latter, Too Afraid to Cry: Maryland Civilians in the Antietam Campaign, earned her a National Park Service invitation to speak at the ceremonies (live on C-SPAN) marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam.
Kathleen lives in Middleton, Wisconsin, with her husband Scott (AKA "Mr. Ernest") and her feline muse Eliza Jane. Kathleen has called the Badger State home for nearly four decades. She grew up in Maryland, in a family that considered books as fundamental to life as food and water. She started writing as a child and has never stopped. Today, she finds researching books as much fun as writing them, and loves hearing from andmeeting readers most of all.
Kathleen earned a B.S. degree in Environmental Education from West Virginia University and a M.A. in History Education and Writing from Antioch University. She spent over a decade working as an educator and curator for the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, and another decade scripting and producing instructional television series for the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board/Wisconsin Public Television. These experiences helped provide the foundation for her current full-time job as a self- employed writer.
Photo By: Kay Klubertanz
Photo By: Kay Klubertanz
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Photo By: Scott Meeker
Kathleen is the author of the following published books.
Twenty historical novels and mysteries for young readers from American Girl
Eleven Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mysteries for adults and a three-book contract for her Hanneke Bauer Historical mystery series (the first of which has been released) from Three Towers Press
Five children's historical novels about the American Civil War from Dutton and White Mane Kids
One non-fiction history about the American Civil War from Stackpole Books
One non-fiction history about Wisconsin immigrants Wisconsin Historical Society Press.
One poetry collection about the experiences of women immigrants from Little Creek Press.
One young adult (YA) novel from Cricket Books
For details about an individual book, please click on its title below.
Gunpowder and Tea Cakes - My Journey With Felicity (American Girl, 2017)
The Smuggler's Secrets - A Caroline Mystery (American Girl, 2015)
Catch The Wind - My Journey With Caroline (American Girl, 2014)
Facing the Enemy - A Caroline Classic Volume 2 (American Girl, 2014)
Captain Of The Ship - A Caroline Classic Volume 1 (American Girl, 2014)
Traitor In The Shipyard - A Caroline Abbott Mystery (American Girl, 2013)
Changes For Caroline (American Girl, 2012)
Caroline’s Battle (American Girl, 2012)
Caroline Takes A Chance (American Girl, 2012)
A Surprise For Caroline (American Girl, 2012)
Caroline’s Secret Message (American Girl, 2012)
Meet Caroline: An American Girl (American Girl, 2012)
Clues in the Shadows - A Molly Mystery (American Girl, 2009)
The Runaway Friend - A Kirsten Mystery (American Girl, 2008)
Midnight in Lonesome Hollow - A Kit Mystery (American Girl, 2007)
Secrets in the Hills - A Josefina Mystery (American Girl, 2006)
Danger at the Zoo - A Kit Mystery ( American Girl, 2005)
Betrayal at Cross Creek (Pleasant Company, 2004)
Whistler in the Dark (Pleasant Company, 2002)
Trouble at Fort La Pointe (Pleasant Company, 2000)
Awards and Honors
American Heritage Women in the Arts Recognition Award for Literature, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
Major Achievement Award, Council for Wisconsin Writers
Legacy Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature, Sterling North Book & Film Festival
Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Programming, Midwest Chapter, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Ann Powers Best Fiction Book Prize, Council for Wisconsin Writers
Five Arthur Tofte Juvenile Fiction Awards, Council for Wisconsin Writers
Children’s Literature Award, Society of Midland Authors
Flora MacDonald Award, Scottish Heritage Center, St. Andrews Presbyterian College
Editors’ Choice Selection, Historical Novels Review
Lovey Award for Best Traditional Mystery, Love is Murder
Edgar Allan Poe Award Nomination for Best Children’s Mystery, Mystery Writers of America
Four Agatha Award Nominations for Best Children’s/YA Mystery, Malice Domestic
Wilbur Schramm Award of Excellence, National Education Telecommunications Association
Judges’ Award for Instructional Innovation, National Education Telecommunications Association
Platinum Best of Show Award, Aurora Independent Film & Video Competition