News From Kate Emerson

April 2014 News

4/9/14: Attention Kate Emerson fans. Kate is going back to writing under her real name, Kathy Lynn Emerson. You can read all about it, and the first book in a new historical mystery series set in Elizabethan England, by clicking on the link below.

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March 2014 News

3/10/14: It seems I’m a best seller in Russia, Who knew? According to my agent, the Russian language version of The King’s Damsel was the lead title in a book club edition and ended up selling 140,000 copies. Trust me, that’s better than most of my titles do here in the U.S. I’m both pleased and surprised at this news, and have no idea what it was about this book that made it appeal to that particular audience.

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February 2014 News

2/14/14: I just received word that Royal Inheritance has won a CataNetwork’s Reviewers’ Choice Award in the single title category. That means I can display this graphic:

And, of course, the adjective “award-winning” can go before the title. What a very nice way to start my day. 

2/12/14: I’m hard at work on the 2015 Liss MacCrimmon mystery (w/a Kaitlyn Dunnett). It’s always slow going getting started. I recently blogged about that at Maine Crime Writers. The link is here


January 2014 News

Happy New Year everyone.

1/3/14: I’m starting 2014 off with a new Kathy Lynn Emerson mystery. It’s not yet sold, so I have no idea when it might be available to read, but here’s the link to the post I wrote about its creation at Maine Crime Writers


December 2013 News

12/3/13: It’s Christmas tree season here on the Christmas tree farm, which means very little writing is done until after the holidays. Here’s a picture taken our first season. Five years later, there are plenty of taller trees, too. We put one fifteen footer through the netter over this past weekend. Happy Holidays everyone!

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November 2013 News

11/2/13: There’s not too much to report this month. I’m hard at work on a new historical mystery but I don’t have a contract for it so I have no idea when it might be published. We’re getting ready for Christmas tree season here on the Christmas Tree farm, so that will take up most of December. Meanwhile, as I have time, I continue to add to “A Who’s Who of Tudor Women” at this site.

Interview and Blogging News

10/11/13: In addition to my regular blogging as Kaitlyn Dunnett at Maine Crime Writers I’ve recently done a radio interview as Kathy Lynn Emerson/Kate Emerson (at ) that aired October 7th. I'm the "and more" in the lineup. The author of Eat, Pray, Love and two other writers are up first, but I hope that if you download the interview or stream it, you'll listen all the way to the end to get to me. A little easier to access is my guest post as Kathy Lynn Emerson at (the blog of Linda Landrigan, editor of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine).

Also, for anyone attending the New England Library Association Conference in Portland Maine, I’ll be at the Sisters in Crime Booth, giving away free Kaitlyn Dunnett books, from 3:30-4:30 on Monday, October 21st. I’ll probably be at the booth a bit earlier than that. Also there that afternoon to sell and sign their books will be fellow Maine Crime Writers Kate Flora, Barb Ross, and Lea Wait.  


Blogs to go with Royal Inheritance

9/18/13: I’ll be doing some blogging about Royal Inheritance around the publication date of September 24th. Already up is a piece about how the entire “Secrets of the Tudor Court” series got started. You can find it at

Also look for a blog about the mysteries of researching and writing historical fiction at on September 26th.

Looking for a quick link to buy Royal Inheritance? Just scroll down this page to find all your favorite online bookstores.

And for those of you who also enjoy the historical mysteries I write as Kathy Lynn Emerson, there is a new Lady Appleton short story in the December Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, on sale in October.


New Interview


For a new interview plus an excerpt from Royal Inheritance, click here:


Hindsight (as of July 9, 2013)

One of the things I've learned over the years is that research is never-ending. Another is that historical "facts" are not set in stone. This was recently brought home to me when I borrowed an obscure biography of a sixteenth-century nobleman via Inter-library Loan. I'd seen it listed in a bibliography in another book and was curious to find out if it contained any additional information on a bit of background I was looking into for my current historical mystery project. And, as always, I was on the lookout for more material for my A Who's Who of Tudor Women, the collection of mini-biographies I maintain (currently at 1862 entries) online. David McKeen's A Memory of Honour: the life of William Brooke, Lord Cobham (1986) delivered all that . . . and more.


Boy, do I wish I'd heard of this book before I wrote my third "Secrets of the Tudor Court" historical novel, By Royal Decree. The heroine of By Royal Decree is Elizabeth Brooke, William Brooke's sister, a major player in court politics from about 1543 until her death in 1565. The novel covers the years 1542-1558. I did a great deal of research, but as far as I know I never came across a reference to McKeen's book. I assumed, as I set up my plot, that I could make up the events during certain periods because there didn't seem to be any records of what the real people who are characters in the novel were doing. Hah!


It's a good thing By Royal Decree is a novel and is therefore allowed a certain amount of poetic license. I suppose I didn't get anything horribly wrong, but now that I've read the McKeen book (two volumes, 762 pages), I know I had Bess Brooke's parents in the wrong place (heck, the wrong country) at least once, may have misinterpreted their reactions to the rumors that she was involved with the married man she later wed, and totally messed up the ages of her sisters and younger brothers because I wrongly assumed that no one knew how old they were.


Firm rule of writing fiction: never assume anything! It's always the things you don't bother checking because you're sure they're right that get you into trouble. Almost everyone who's ever written a novel can come up with a example from their own work. Bloopers abound, but if we're lucky, most readers don't catch them. After all, it's a pretty good bet that if I didn't find this book until years after the fact, not too many other people will, either. In one way that's a shame, because it's an interesting read. But in another, all I can say is "whew!"


As for my online opus, I made a decision early on that it's never going to be published as a print book. This way, any time I find more information, I can add it. I can add as many new Tudor women as I like, whenever I like. And if, in hindsight, I discover that I've gotten some of the historical facts wrong, I can correct them.


News for June 2013


Good news for those Kate Emerson fans who also like the mysteries I write as Kathy Lynn Emerson. My Face Down series, featuring gentlewoman, herbalist and sleuth Susanna, Lady Appleton, is set in Elizabethan times. A new Lady Appleton short story, “A Wondrous Violent Motion” will be included in the December Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. I’ll add to this post when I have the date the magazine will be in stores. I’m particularly excited about this because it is the first thing I’ve had published under my own name for quite some time. The “wondrous violent motion” of the title is an earthquake, a real one that shook the entire southern coast of England in 1580 and caused a fair amount of damage in London. At Leigh Abbey, falling masonry reveals the remains of a murder victim and our intrepid heroine must not only find out what happened to him and who dunnit, she also has to discover who he was and what he was doing hiding out in her family home.


She Has A Nose!!


Just received—the final cover for Royal Inheritance. I’m so pleased to see that, at long last, the model’s entire head is shown. The earlier version of the cover, shown on the left below, showed more than on my other covers but still cut off her nose. The one on the right is the one that will be on the actual book and you may notice that there is one other change, too. My name is now above the title. This is supposed to be significant in the publishing world. I’ve never figured out exactly why, but I’m always happy when it happens.



More Audio News and links to Royal Inheritance


The remaining Kate Emerson historical novels are now available from, again read by Alison Larkin. At the King’s Pleasure runs ten hours and fifty-nine minutes and The King’s Damsel is nine hours and ten minutes in length.

The next entry, Royal Inheritance, will be in stores in trade paperback September 24th and will also be available as an ebook and an audio download. I’m working on putting an excerpt up at this site. Check the main page to find that, as well as more information on the story and characters. Meanwhile, if you want to preorder a copy, the following links, sent to me by my publisher, should take you directly to the book at your favorite online bookstore:

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