Who is Kaitlyn Dunnett?


Although I am now semi-retired from writing, Kaitlyn Dunnett is the pseudonym I used for contemporary mysteries because I am better known under my own name (Kathy Lynn Emerson) for historical mysteries, nonfiction, and historical romances. I used a pseudonym once before, for three contemporary category romances I wrote for Silhouette. That name was Kaitlyn (the name I'd have given myself rather than Kathy Lynn) Gorton (my maiden name). I didn't want to use the same pseudonym again, since the new books were mysteries, not romances, so I kept the Kaitlyn and borrowed the surname of one of my favorite authors, Dorothy Dunnett. I was hoping to reduce confusion by using different names for contemporary and historical mysteries, but opinion is mixed as to whether this was a good idea or not. Just to make things more complicated, I also used another pseudonym, Kate Emerson, for non-mystery historical novels set in the Tudor era.

I live in Maine and although I am not currently involved in things Scottish, I have been in the past. When my husband was learning to play the bagpipes, I took up the bass drum, and we once played in a small, rural, bagpipe band. I gave up the drum for the pen and my husband traded in his bagpipes for custom woodworking. He is the real-life source for the projects "Dan Ruskin" works on in the Liss MacCrimmon Mysteries. For more information on the jigsaw-puzzle tables he makes, click here


The other cozy mystery series written under the name Kaitlyn Dunnett is set in rural New York State in a fictionalized version of the town of Liberty, where I grew up. The four "Deadly Edits" novels feature an older sleuth who is the same age I was when I started writing the series.


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To send email to Kaitlyn Dunnett, use this address: kaitlyndunnett@gmail.com