Postcard From Angela

I received an amazingly wonderful gift a week or so ago when a postcard arrived in the mail.

postcard from angela

The postcard itself was from a copy of Midnight in Lonesome Hollow, one of my Kit mysteries from American Girl.

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It was forwarded to me from the publisher. I’d really, really like to write back to Angela, and tell her how much her words mean to me. Unfortunately, no return address was included.

So this seems like a good time and place to tell Angela—and all the readers who got in touch during 2013—how appreciative I am.

Some of my favorite correspondence has come via email, such as this one:

Hi Mrs. Ernst my name is Abigail and I just wanted to wish you a
merry Christmas. My American girl dolls Kit and Caroline say
merry Christmas too.

Here are two letters that arrived in the mail after I did a program about the book-making process at an elementary school.

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(I do try to encourage kids when I visit schools. I’m not sure about this one.)

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(The program includes one photo of my cat Sophie sitting by my computer. Sophie sometimes gets more mail than I do.)

I’ve gotten some special mail from parents this year, such as this one:

My 8 year old daughter and I just finished the first book in your
American Girl Caroline series. We are both hooked and loving it!
She is having a difficult time keeping up with her peers in
reading and this book has sparked an interest in history, sailing,
nautical knots and everything that goes with the story. She could
not wait for the next night to read another chapter. And all this
coming from the girl last year who said reading was boring
(only because she wasn't able to do as well as her classmates).
Now she brings books with her everywhere we go.

And I’ve heard from readers about the Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mysteries, too:

I love the combination of mystery and history in your books!Please
keep this series coming!!!

I just wanted to tell you how MUCH I am enjoying "Chloe's" adventures!
Thanks for your gift of writing, Kathleen!

I've almost finished re-reading all the Chloe books. I'm telling you,
after I read Heritage of Darkness -- I really really really did not want
it to end so I started the whole series over :-)

When I was ten years old, and dreaming of being an author, all I knew to hope for was having stories that I wrote turn into published books. Although that is indeed wonderful, what’s even better connecting with readers.

So for all of you who have taken the time to communicate here, on Facebook, via email or snail mail, or in person at an event—all I can say is thank you.

And for all of you who have taken the time to post an online review, recommend one of my books to a friend, or ask a librarian about my titles—huge thanks to you as well.

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This lovely Hardanger heart was a gift from two special readers. It hangs in my kitchen window, and reminds me every day of the reader-friends who have come into my life!

You made 2013 very special! I’m grateful, and I wish you all a most wonderful new year.

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15 Responses to “Postcard From Angela”

  1. Pamela Says:

    Kathleen –

    This is wonderful in every way. It shows the enormous impact good, conscientious, writing has on others. I’m so glad these young people and their parents let you know how great that impact was. It’s what keeps the writer going.

    Very touching.

    By the way, how’s your cat? :)

    Have an even better 2014! Happy New Year!

    Best, Pam

    On Wed, Jan 1, 2014 at 11:51 PM, WordPress.com

    • Kathleen Ernst Says:

      Thanks for the kind comments. I can’t imagine what my life would be like without books. The thought that my books might fill the same space for some readers is pretty awesome!

  2. Ruth Nelson-Lau Says:

    Dan and I have really enjoyed all of the Chloe books. We look forward to the next one!

    We also enjoyed meeting you at Old World Wisconsin last year.

    Have a great 2014 and keep the great books coming!

  3. Kathleen Says:

    I hope you are able to reach Angela! It must be so gratifying to know what a special impact you have had on so many readers! Best wishes for a Great 2014!!!

  4. Jennifer Lowe Says:

    Kathleen,
    I came to your books through Net Galley, who gave me a copy of Heritage of Darkness. I loved it and the whole series, which I ended up reading. The amount of research you do really shows in your books. With each one, I become fascinated with the history behind it. I am hoping in 2014 to visit Old World Wisconsin. Living in Chicago, it is not too far away for me. :)
    Thank you for all of the interesting history you have brought to me and for the great Chloe mysteries. I am looking forward to reading more!

    • Kathleen Ernst Says:

      Jennifer – I’m so glad you received the copy, and that you’re enjoying the books! I am having a wonderful time with the series because I get to write about places and topics I feel passionately about. I do hope you can visit Old World…it’s a special place! Thanks so much for connecting.

  5. Diane Clark Says:

    Dear Kathleen, I LOVE your Chloe books! My sister-in-law, Betty Holty, whom you know, introduced me to you and your wonderful books! My husband and I were scheduled to meet you in December but Mother Nature had other ideas! I was bummed, to say the least!! Our goal this summer is to visit all of the museum sites mentioned in your books. I’m looking forward to number 4!!! Thank you and congratulations on your nomination.

    • Kathleen Ernst Says:

      Hi Diane – I was so looking forward to seeing the whole clan come together, so I was disappointed as well when the weather intervened (as it has so often this winter!) Here’s hoping we get another chance. I’m *thrilled* that you’re planning to take the grand “Chloe Tour”. When I began conceptualizing the series, one of my top goals was to introduce special sites and museums to readers, and nothing makes me happier than hearing from readers who are inspired to visit. Let me know how it goes!

  6. Sarah Sue Bird Says:

    I wanted to tell you that my granddaughter was so excited to get the Kit book for Christmas and the bookmark. Also, congratulations on the nomination for the Agatha award. We all love you and your writing Kathleen.

  7. Darlene Fossum-Martin Says:

    Congratulations Kathleen, on your nomination. There is no one more deserving then you. You and hubby are the absolute best!

  8. Alice D. Trego Says:

    What a treasure trove of cards, letters and e-mails you’ve amassed, Kathleen! I would be proud, too :)

    Congratulations are wending their way for your recent Agatha nomination. Well-deserved. Every time I wander my neighborhood bookstore, I always manage to come upon the American Girl displays. I love it when I find your latest books there :) And I love your books for their history and story.

    May 2014 bring more of the best to you in your writings.

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