Kathleen Kent is my favorite local author. She writes historical fiction and has branched out into the noir genre as well. Her first novel, The Heretic’s Daughter, was written about her ancestor, Martha Carrier, who was executed for being a witch during the Salem trials. The prequel to that book, Kent’s second work of historical fiction, is The Traitor’s Wife. Martha’s husband, Thomas, was thought to be one of the men who took part in the execution of Charles I before fleeing to America. Also, it is the story of Martha and Thomas Carrier’s romance. Her third book, The Outcasts, is a historical novel set in Texas and Louisiana and is about murder and intrigue and pirates and deception.
Kent also contributed to one of my favorite volumes of short stories because the setting is Dallas. The book is Dallas Noir and reading those stories has inspired me to read more of the noir genre. Kent is working on a novel featuring her main character from her story “Coincidences Can Kill You” from Dallas Noir. I cannot wait to see what Detective Betty gets herself involved in and around Big D.
Kent makes a point to meet with book clubs that invite her to speak and take part at their meeting about her novels. According to Kent, she has attended more than 200 book club meetings since she has been published. That’s a lot of book club meetings to attend. Some of my friends and I were honored to have her at a meeting held at The Wild Detectives a while back. Meeting face to face with an author and getting to ask questions and discuss the process of writing was absolutely thrilling for me, especially in such an awesome, yet informal setting.
You can check out Kent’s books and learn more about her and her writing at the following links: