Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst is the award-winning writer of adult mysteries, historical fiction, and non-fiction history books for adults and young readers. Her latest are "A Settler's Year: Pioneer Life Through The Seasons" published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, and "Death on the Prairie," the sixth Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery for adults published by Midnight Ink Books.
Over the years Kathleen's work has earned numerous honors, including an Emmy, a LOVEY, and Edgar and Agatha mystery award nominations. To date, readers have purchased 1.6 million printed, electronic, and audio copies of her thirty-three published 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 cat. 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, an author's page on Facebook, facebook.com/kathleenernst.author, and a blog, sitesandstories.wordpress.com.