Kathleen Kent is the author of three best-selling novels. Her first novel, The Heretic's Daughter, has been published in 15 countries and is a recipient of the David J. Langum Sr. award for American historical fiction. The book chronicles the life of Martha Carrier, the author's grandmother back 9 generations, during the Salem witch trials of 1692, and is based in part on family stories passed down through generations.
Her second novel, The Traitor's wife, explores the life of Thomas Carrier, husband to Martha; a man who was a soldier during the English Civil War and who is rumored to be one of the executioners of King Charles I of England.
The author's latest novel, The Outcasts, is set in Reconstruction Era Texas and follows the paths of a young woman fleeing a life of prostitution and a newly-minted lawman on the hunt for a killer of men, women and children across the frontier. It is the recipient of the American Library Association's 2014 top choice for Historical Fiction.
A short story titled Coincidences Can Kill You was published in the crime anthology, Dallas Noir. She is currently working on a novel-length work based on this short story.
The author lives in Dallas, Texas.