Kathleen Kent



–Dallas author Kathleen Kent

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.

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–Rosemary Costello (no relation), myself, and Kathleen Kent at a book club meeting in Dallas

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:



  6 comments for “Kathleen Kent

  1. April 13, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    How nice that you got to sit with her. Yes, that’s a lot of book club meetings to attend, but it’s also wonderful to get around to meet readers and speak about her stories, an honor, I would say. And I see the wine is flowing. 🙂

    • April 13, 2015 at 4:57 PM

      I think that after this pic, we had another round of wine. We were there until well past dark. I would think that you will be invited to some book clubs, Silvia. Looks like you are keeping busy with interviews, too.

  2. April 13, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Her books sound interesting.

    • April 14, 2015 at 8:12 AM

      I highly recommend them, Patricia Lynne. Thanks for visiting.

  3. April 14, 2015 at 7:15 AM

    I love these books but I am totally biased Thomas Carrier and Martha Carrier are my 8th great grand parents!

    • April 14, 2015 at 8:15 AM

      Kathleen presented the story of Thomas and Martha so well in the first two books. I learned much in revisiting the witch trials. Thanks for reading and visiting, Thomas. Cheers, MDC

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