Gratitude – and Giveaways

by Kathleen Ernst

I wrote my first novel for adults when I was fifteen. It was not very good, of course, but I knew I’d discovered what I wanted to do.

Twenty years and ten or twelve novels later, I sold a book. It happened to be a young adult novel. One thing led to another in the juvenile/teen world. With the exception of a nonfiction book for adults, all of my published books have been written for young readers.

OWM Until now. Old World Murder: A Chloe Ellefson Mystery will officially be released on October 1. Advance-order copies are already finding their way into readers’ hands.

I love writing for children and teens, and don’t plan to give it up. Still, it’s awfully nice to sit down at the grownup table, thirty-five years after writing that first manuscript! I had a blast writing Old World Murder, am hard at work on book 2 in the series, and have ideas for more bouncing around in my head.

I am enormously grateful to all the readers who make it possible for me to do what I love.

I’ve got a blog tour set up for the month of October. Sure, I hope to spread a little buzz about the book. But I’ll also be giving a book away at each stop—winner’s choice of Old World Murder or something from my backlist. It’s a small way of saying thank you to some of the wonderful people who love mysteries, and take the time to keep in touch online. I hope you’ll drop in. You might get lucky!

I already have.

Blog Tour Schedule

10/2 – Creating Characters Readers Care About – Three Essential Traits
Poe’s Deadly Daughters

10/4 – Recipe For Promotion – Are You Missing An Ingredient?
Visual Arts Junction

10/5 – Writing For Grownups, Writing For Kids
Creatures & Crooks

10/6 – Planting Seeds, Growing a Series
The Cozy Chicks

10/7 – Reenacting For Novelists
Mary E. Trimble’s Blog

10/8 – Handwork
Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers

10/11 – Start Your Mystery With A Bang!
Mystery Writing Is Murder

10/12 – Interview
Beth Groundwater’s Blog

10/13 – Harpers Ferry – People, Past, Place
Repeating History

10/15 – Chloe’s Maple Blueberry Cake
Vintage Cookbooks

10/17 – Ethnic Eating
Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen

10/19 – Have You Got What It Takes To Write A Mystery?
Heidi Thomas’s Blog

10/2- – Writers’ Police Academy

10/20 – Revisiting My Past
Women Only Over Fifty

10/22 – Culture Clash
Thoughts In Progress

10/25 – Chloe & Me – Writing From Real Life
Lori’s Reading Corner

10/26 – Of Prairies and Plots
Walking Nature Home

10/27 – Interview
Patty Jager’s Blog

10/28 – Creating a Cop
Mystery Book News

10/29 – Theme To Be Announced
The LadyKillers

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15 Responses to “Gratitude – and Giveaways”

  1. Meg Justus Says:

    Looking forward to having you visit!

  2. Kathleen Ernst Says:

    Me too! We can share notes about one of my favorite places.

  3. Kate Acosta Says:

    Congrats on getting your first adult novel published.

  4. Kelley Dworaczyk Says:

    I have this on my “to buy” list. Can’t wait to get it. I’m looking forward to reading more of your blogs.

  5. Vicky Mounga Says:

    You’ve had some interesting jobs. I’m excited to join your blog conference this month. What a treat for would be writers!

  6. Sue Says:

    I’m really looking forward to reading your book.

  7. Tricia Douglas Says:

    So glad you love to write. I just retired from 30 years of teaching children how to write, and every once in a while I find a winner who I know will succeed like you. Keeping at it is sometimes the hardest part. Congratulations and I’ll be looking for your next book!!!

    • Kathleen Ernst Says:

      Thanks, Tricia! My 10th grade English teacher gave me a lot of encouragement, and I still think of her often. I bet some of those young writers you’ve mentored do the same for you.

  8. Vicky Mounga Says:

    Just read Poe’s Deadly Daughters. Although I write historical fiction and not mysteries, I discovered something I haven’t created well: In the first chapters, one of my protaganists doesn’t need something badly. She does, but I haven’t put it in the first chapters. Thanks for helping me to see my lack.

  9. Heather L Says:

    It’s on my TBB list. Sounds like a great series of topics you have lined up!

  10. Vicky Mounga Says:

    Just finished your blog on historical reenactment. Wonderful! I enjoy visiting these different blogs you are guest writing. What a wealth of information. I’ve thought about an historical mystery but, so far, I have no idea how to put enought clues to lead to a mystery. I love reading mysteries but I can’t even get an idea, however poor it might be. I’m so grateful for people like you who make mysteries flow into their stories.

    • Kathleen Ernst Says:

      Vicky, I’m so glad you’re finding the posts helpful! And don’t give up on the idea of doing a mystery of your own! Keep a notebook, play around with ideas, and see what might develop. Some people outline everything in advance, but others–like me–have little more than a basic idea at the beginning.

  11. Vicky Mounga Says:

    I just returned from my first writer’s conference last night. Although I received a few tips about my writing, I want you to know that I consider following your posts more to my benefit. Although my conference was on historical fiction and non-fiction, you relate the examples from your book to the main points you are presenting. Although I have not read your book (I plan to do so in the near future) you explain things very well. Thank you for doing this presentation.

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