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2019 Featured Authors
Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst fell in love with Scandinavian heritage and folk traditions while working at Old World Wisconsin, an outdoor living history museum that focuses on the lives of 19th century immigrants to the Midwest. At the site she served first as an interpreter, then as curator of education and collections. Her experience in the museum world led to the creation of the Chloe Ellefson series of traditional mysteries. Over the course of ten books, Chloe’s fictional vocation as curator of collections has taken her to many real museums and historic sites, including Old World Wisconsin, Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, and Norway’s Hardanger Folk Museum. As a novelist, Kathleen Ernst hopes the Chloe Ellefson Mystery Series shines a bit of lamplight on stories that might otherwise be forgotten—especially those of everyday women who faced extraordinary challenges. Kathleen has also had two nonfiction books published, and she’s scripted instructional videos for public television. Her historical fiction for young readers includes twenty titles for American Girl—one a mystery about Swedish immigrant Kirstin Larson. To date 1.75 million print, audio, and ebook copies of her thirty-eight books have been purchased. Honors for Kathleen’s work include an Emmy Award, Agatha and Edgar nominations, and a Major Achievement Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers.
Timothy Boyce practiced law for many years, most recently serving as the Managing Partner of the Charlotte, NC office of Dechert LLP, a global law firm with offices in 13 countries. He retired in 2014 to devote full time to writing. Tim has always enjoyed writing, having published his first book while still in law school; for many years he published in a variety of legal journals. His brief introduction to the story of Odd Nansen’s secret World War II Holocaust diary appeared in the March 2013 issue of Viking magazine. Boyce later brought Nansen's diary back to life 60 years later in the 2016 edition of "From Day To Day" and contains extensive annotations and new diary selections never before translated into English.
Jeanne F Cooney
Jeanne's a native of Minnesota's Red River Valley. Her murder mystery series - the Hot Dish Heaven - is meant to be fun for everyone. Each book features a number of Midwestern sweet treats and comes with its own set of recipes at the end of the book. To that end, she encourages readers to post on her website their favorite hot dish, bar, or Jell-O salad recipes. They should also include their name and the town where they live. Then, they should watch for the next book in the Hot Dish Heaven series. They might find their recipes as well as a shout-out to them personally. Uff-da, what fun!
Bonnie J Fite
Bonnie grew up in Spokane, WA with parents and grandparents who were active Sons of Norway members. While teaching children, she earned her M Ed from Santa Clara University. She has taught parents and educators about nurturing children from coast to coast and on national radio talk shows. Her books include: Love & Boundaries, gift books about Easter and Christmas for kids and adults, including Christmas music in English and Norwegian. Her newest title is Cultivating Moral Character.
Encourager at heart, a.k.a. Motivational Speaker and Author Sue L. Hamilton has a dynamic way of sharing her passion for life through her energetic personality. She’s been delivering messages of hope since 1999 with her “tell-it-like-it-is” approach to life. Engaging and inspiring to her audience as she moves them to action in their own lives. Her goal is to encourage others to choose a positive attitude and to learn how to deal with whatever is thrown your way in life. She is a graduate of Minot State University, Minot, ND with a B. A. in Business Administration and Marketing. Her corporate career expanded over 30 years in the areas of sales, customer service, and management. In the past 14 years she launched her own cleaning business and began developing her writing skills. Her first book, Journey of Trust was released in 2015 and in January of 2018 her second book, Carried by Faith hit the shelves. She is currently working on a third book.
A.R. Henrickson (www.MsHensPen.com) has written about Mackinac Island, philanthropist John Ball, and the fictional Lottie Gunderson, Girl Scientist. Her most recent book, Lara of the North is about fifteen-year-old Lara who labors alongside her family on a landowner’s farm in Northern Iceland. When Lara and some friends travel to Iceland’s Parliamentary Althing in the summer of 1705, she is thrust alone into an unexpected three-year journey. A murder, a marriage, and a deadly disease take her from rugged Iceland to the rocky, windswept Faroe Islands, and on to Norway where she connects with long-lost family. A.R. Henrickson loves to travel and she embraces her Scandinavian heritage while living in West Michigan among the Dutch.
Douglas Hoff and his wife Molly purchased the Hoff family farm after college and lived there until retirement. They have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Doug based his novel, Honoring Anna, on the true story of Mollys grandparents, Anna and Iver Tenold and their journey from Norway to America.
Patrice Johnson is a Nordic food geek and meatball historian who loves to give old Scandinavian recipes a modern spin. She is a food and culture writer, cooking class instructor, and lutfisk visionary. Patrice is currently working writing her first book, titled “Swedish Jul: A Midwestern Story,” published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press in 2017.
Tim Jollymore grew up next to the swamps, forests, and Indian reservations of northern Minnesota, the setting of his first novel. He spent his working life as a tree planter, pulp peeler, local historian, traveling salesman, and corporate manager. After migrating to California, he pursued residential design, contracting, and the teaching of English. Jollymore earned his master’s degree in literature at the University of Minnesota. He has also studied architecture and education. Jollymore’s fiction explores struggles of identity in American society from the viewpoint of the under and working classes. Though these contests—sometimes mysterious and often fierce— play out in spare, natural settings and every day, domestic life, they are marked by unusual, compelling events.
The LefseKing returns with his two classic nonfiction books on lefse, two classy nonfiction books on lutefisk (huh?) and—new this year—his first novel! Little surprise that Final Rounds: On Love, Loss, Life, and Lefse has lotsa lefse—like 630 rounds—but that’s just the start. The novel is a joyous, coming-of-age book about loss and the everlasting relationship between Amaya and her grandfather. He has passed away at the opening of the book, and the story centers on Amaya's memories of one funny, unforgettable snowbound night of lefse making with Papa—a night rounded out with learning his eight goofy rules of life and a rescue on horseback. Grieving is longingly looking back as well as lovingly looking ahead to try to answer this age-old question: When a loved one dies, what can you do? Final Rounds: On Love, Loss, Life, and Lefse is the touching story of a 12-year-old girl's creative response.
Ann Marie Mershon
Ann Marie Mershon was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and enjoyed an idyllic childhood riding bikes, playing baseball, and exploring the woods near her home. As a young mother she relocated to Grand Marais where her family enjoyed the northern wilderness near Lake Superior. She taught high school English in Minnesota, finishing her teaching career in Turkey. After five years in Istanbul she returned to Minnesota, where she lives on a woodland lake with her her husband Jerry and their two dogs. She writes every day but finds time to kayak, canoe, ski and hike. She has published three books and has a few more in progress.
Glory Ann Munson
Niomi Rohn Phillips
Niomi Rohn Phillips is a multi-genre writer born and raised in North Dakota. She has a Bachelor of Education degree in English and Master of Arts degree in American Literature. Prior to retirement from the University of North Dakota, she published work in Plainswoman and the North Dakota Quarterly, and was awarded a grant for creative nonfiction in the centennial anthology, Day In, Day Out: Women’s Lives in North Dakota.
Candace Simar is a Pequot Lakes, Minnesota author with a passion for her Scandinavian heritage and a deep love of history. Candace grew up dreaming how life might have been for her family in the early days of Minnesota’s settlement. She became concerned when her college-aged children did not know this history, and took her son’s challenge to “write a book.”
Dag Gunderson Storla
Dag Gustav Gundersen Storla is a Norwegian physician, a former medical missionary to Bangladesh. Currently he works as a specialist in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital in Oslo. He has a special interest in the local history of his hometown, Stavanger, as well as the Norwegian pioneers of the West. He has published four novels in Norwegian: The Knight on the White Horse (1995), Snowdrop Waltz (2009), Red Campion (2012) and Consider the Lilies How They Grow (2015).
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