Kathy Lynn Emerson
e-book: ISBN 978-1-393-33251-0
trade paperback: ISBN 978-1-393-71534-4
From the cover copy: In this unique compilation of 115 essays written between 2011 and 2021, Kathy Lynn Emerson, author of over sixty traditionally-published books in a variety of genres and under several names, writes about everything from how to conquer the sagging middle of a work-in-progress to the adoption of her current cat-in-residence. Other topics highlight eccentricities: her own, a few from her family tree, and those to be found in the rural Western Maine mountains where she lives. Best known for her cozy mysteries, written as Kaitlyn Dunnett, and for historical mysteries written under her own name, Kathy Lynn Emerson has also been published in non-fiction, including the award-winning How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries.
NOW AVAILABLE AS AN EBOOK
"An invaluable reference book for scholars of the Renaissance
as well as for librarians, genealogists, and Women's Studies specialists."
(Virginian Pilot and Ledger-Star)
A Who's Who of Tudor Women contains over 2300 mini-biographies of women who lived at least part of their lives between 1485 and 1603. Entries are arranged alphabetically by the maiden name of the subject or by married surname if her birth name is unknown. Each entry is cross-referenced by married surnames. Also included are a list of "Titles Used in Tudor Times" and "Lists of Women at the Tudor Court."
A Who's Who of Tudor Women began as a project to update and correct the author's very out-of-date collective biography, Wives and Daughters: The Women of Sixteenth-Century England, published by a small scholarly press in 1984. Various editions online from 2010 until September 2020 have now been incorporated into this e-book. It is not meant to be scholarly or all-inclusive. The goal has always been simple: to identify women who lived during the Tudor era and consolidate what information could be found about each of them.
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Best Nonfiction of 2008
The Art and Adventure of Sleuthing Through the Past
out of print with Perseverance
but now available in an updated e-book edition
Subtitled The Art and Adventure of Sleuthing Through the Past, this useful guide will inspire and delight writers and readers of historical mystery fiction. The popular genre features the amateur sleuth or early PI/police-equivalent confronted with crime at any period during the last few thousand years, and is an enjoyable and memorable way to experience history up close and personal, combined with an intellectual puzzle. Ranging from Samurai Japan to turn-of-the-twentieth-century New York, from Medieval and Renaissance Europe to the American frontier, these books open a vast historical panorama to the curious reader who enjoys murder and mayhem along with past mores and morals.
Veteran historical novelist-nonfiction author Kathy Lynn Emerson published her first mystery back in 1985. How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries is her thirty-sixth published book, and it draws on her experience in researching, writing, selling, and sustaining both her Lady Appleton series, set in Elizabethan England, and her Diana Spaulding series, taking place in the U.S. in the 1880s. This unique reference book also includes the contributions of more than forty other historical mystery writers. Emerson's book includes the authors' anecdotes, practical advice, and suggestions for research as well as additional input from assorted editors, booksellers, reviewers, and fans.
How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries is a useful, complete, and fascinating guide that no mystery or history buff should be without. For the published or the aspiring historical fiction writer who wants to bring the past alive, it's a must-read.
From the Reviewers:
review by Marv Lachman in Deadly Pleasures:
"Kathy Lynn Emerson's HOW TO WRITE KILLER HISTORICAL MYSTERIES from Perseverance Press is the best book about writing mysteries that I have ever read. Even if not read as a how-to book, it is a splendid introduction to this sub-genre of the mystery, at all times informative and lively reading."
review by Jon L. Breen in Mystery Scene:
"One of the best specialized technical manuals in the crime fiction genre."
review by Susan Cook in Historical Novels Review:
"I actually had to remind myself to write a review of this book, as I was so busy putting it to use. It is an excellent introduction for writers starting out in the genre as well as a handy reference guide and encouragement for the more experienced."
review by Christine Zibas in Reviewing the Evidence:
"This wealth of information is a gold mine for anyone interested in the world of historical mysteries, whether he or she is a would-be author or not."
Writer's Digest Books (1996)
out of print but available as an e-book in a revised and expanded edition
"Even if you're not
writing historical fiction, this volume is full of fascinating period
THE LIFE OF A PLODDER
Independently published memoir/local New York State history
available in print and e-book editions
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NELLIE BLY, A BIOGRAPHY
available in print and e-book formats
written for young readers ages eight to twelve
originally published in 1989 as Making Headlines, a Biography of Nellie Bly
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