Wow, Ms Kent, “Outcasts” rocked (I’m a musician.) The way you captured the essence of New Orleans, I’ll bet that you could write an awesome book on blues musicians. I had a screenplay written for me entitled “City of Blues” that I was trying to get funded while I was living in Los Angeles. Of course, everyone in LA has a screenplay. It was originally set in New Orleans. Anyway, thanks for a wild ride. Respectfully, Pete
Pete: Thank you so much for your message—I so appreciate your kind words about The Outcases. Was out of town for a while—visiting New Orleans, btw—and I just saw your note. NOLA is a city of musicians and I go back there every chance I get. Good luck with funding your screenplay. It’s a jungle in LA, but you never know when someone will spark to your unique story. Best regards, KK
I am very surprised to see that you haven’t included The Wolves of Andover in your list of books! I just finished it moments ago and had to come by and comment on it. I’m about to leave a 5 star rating for it on Goodreads and look forward to reading the rest of your body of work.
Shannon, so sorry it’s taken me months to get back to you. I’ve been traveling extensively, writing, and have neglected the website postings. Wolves of Andover (hardcover edition) is the same as Traitor’s Wife, which is the paperback version. The name was changed to match the UK version which was Traitor’s Wife in hardcover. Confusing, I know, but such are the vagaries of international publishing. Thank you so much for leaving a 5 star review on Goodreads!! It is greatly appreciated. Best regards, KK
The heretics daughter was so thrilling and sad to read. Best book i ever read. Thank you for writing it.
The Outcasts is one of the best old west books I’ve ever read. I loved the characters and I loved the story. I hope one day they make a movie about it.
I enjoyed most of The Outcasts, but was lost on the last three paragraphs of the Afterword. Can you enlighten me by email? Sorry to be so dense. Joan
Dear Joan: Thank you for your posting! I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to respond, but I was away most of the summer and only just discovered your note. Spoiler alert coming for anyone who has not finished the book: The answer to the riddle is that Nate’s daughter was adopted as Beth, his wife, could not have children (see page 321: “He remembers the day-old infant with the pale skin and the dark furze of hair placed into his wife’s hands by the missionary workers, his wife who could bring life to the most arid plot of land but who could not grow a child in her belly.) Remember that Lucinda had gone away to have her own child. She went to Oklahoma (where many women of means, from Texas, at that time went to have their illegitimate children.) She tells Nate in the note the name of the mission where she had delivered her child. (top of page 322). “With a growing sense of wonder, he (Nate) saw what had been hidden before in the face of his daughter: Lucinda’s alert, challenging gaze, and Dr. Tom’s smile of genuine pleasure at a world revealing itself in all its startling complexities.” In other words Nate’s adopted daughter is Dr. Tom’s and Lucinda’s. We are all related in all our infinite parts. “Kin.” I hope this answers the question for you–thank you for writing! Best regards, KK
Hello Mrs. Kent.
My name is Kristina. Born in Moscow. Well understand English. I want to sincerely thank you wrote such an excellent writer, and especially the novels The Heretic’s Daughter (рус. Дочь колдуньи, 2008) and The Wolves of Andover (рус. Жена изменника, 2010).
It started in 2013 when I was looking for a suitable book for Halloween and here I accidentally discovered the Internet, “Salem.”
I looked at your website and videos, I was very moved by the story of your family and ancestors. This should be proud of. 🙂
I just finished reading “The Heretics Daughter ” and thought it was a good read but certainly believed she failed the book by writing in about the Wabanaki Indians taking Margaret by horseback and hacking down and killing ten or twelve (or 1 or zero) neighboring townspeople. As a first nations person it always amazes me to read about someone else’s historical perspective in a certain time era and when they speak about First Nations Peoples they speak with such ignorance as is the case of Ms Kent.
First nations People in that time period would have no reason to take young Margaret by horseback, why should they…what is the reason. But books like yours , even one -liners falsify’s the whole of history dramatically when it slanders one great nation that has lived here from time immemorial.
Dear Karen: Thank you for writing. I in no way meant to slander Native Peoples in the account of Margaret’s abduction. In doing research for the book, this account of Margaret being kidnapped by Abananki, and several members of her family being killed, was taken from several eye witness accounts dating from 1695. I did not just make up the event out of my imagination. Her mother Mary Toothaker was certainly killed, as were several others. If you were to read my followup book, The Traitor’s Wife, you would see that I portrayed the horrible scourge of small pox being visited upon The People by Anglo settlers. I too have Native American ancestry, and so I was very careful in my research. Throughout history there has been brutality visited upon men, women and children from all sides, and in all cultures. It’s painful to look at, but often necessary to effect changes. Best regards, KK
Dear ‘s. Kent,
I have absolutely loved all of your books and am anxiously waiting for another! I have yet to see any news regarding book 4, is it coming soon?!?!
Hi, Laura! It’s taken me so long to respond to your post as I’ve been out of town for a bit, and I’ve also working to finish up book #4. Thank you for your support and enthusiasm for my work. I’m thrilled that you’ve loved reading the first 3. Best regards, and Happy New Year! KK
Hannah and Jed mailed me The Outcasts and said it was probably outside my regular reading choices… They had no idea I’d read Lonesome Dove twice, and may read it again. Your book reminded me of Lonesome Dove after the first thirty minutes of reading.
What an excellent story and captivating read. I enjoyed it thoroughly and was disappointed when it ended just hours after I had started reading. Thanks for your effort! Regards, John English
Dear John: Thank you so much for writing me, and telling me that you enjoyed reading The Outcasts. I was so thrilled to see Hannah and Jed at the book reading in Houston. They told me that you had loved Lonesome Dove and I had hoped that you would become engaged in reading my third novel. Lonesome Dove is also one of my favorites, and it was such a joy to be able to revisit Texas myths and some of the characters that inhabited that world. Best regards, Kathleen
Enjoyed The Outcast very much. Loved every minute of it. Thank you for your efforts, moved right along and sounded like you knew what you were talking about. Will be looking for your first two.
Appreciate your research. Some authors try to put the safety on a revolver or they try to open the barrel; but unfortunately, your cover artist doesn’t know a Remington from a Colt.
Dear CW, Thank you for your posting. I’m thrilled that you loved the book! I’ll tell you a funny story about the cover. When the publisher showed me the first draft of the photo (a stock image) the woman was holding a flintlock pistol from the 18th century. I told them that a lot of Texans would be reading the book, and that, if they knew nothing else, they would know right away that the period of the gun was wrong. I requested that they photoshop the image, changing the flintlock to a Colt pistol from the 1870’s. Sometimes Art does not imitate Life. Hope you enjoy the other books as well. Best regards, Kathleen
I read “The Wolves of Andover” a while back and loved it!! My favorite genre is historical fiction so I am constantly looking for those good reads. I live near Andover (but CT) so this book was all the rage in the local library. I loved it so much I made my sister read it and she loved it too! I then discovered The Heretics Daughter but for whatever happened, could not get a copy. I just finally found one and look forward to reading what happens to the family next. I love Thomas Carrier. In a world fraught with “scary stuff”, we all need someone strong to turn to.
Thank you so much Shanah for your note. I’m thrilled that you loved “Wolves”. I love Thomas Carrier too, and hope that you’ll be moved reading Martha’s story as well. With gratitude, Kathleen
Dear Miss Kent,
I have just finished reading and listening to “The Outcasts,” which I discovered in the New section of the Library here in Savannah. Once your excellent wordsmithing got hold of me, it wouldn’t let go, and now, upon completion, I feel lost and unable to decide on my next activity. I feel the same as I did when I finished “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”: The characters had become so much embedded in myself that I felt I had to go to Guernsey to see them, even though I knew they would have been long dead, were they even ever alive. With “The Outcasts,” I had to re-read and re-listen to segments to absorb the subtleties of your narrative, the strongest moments often falling so softly from your pen that the characters flowed like oil into my consciousness rather than like words into my brain. After I recover, I shall move toward getting my hands on your previous works. It will be, however, a process of moving from one world to another, so I cannot do so in haste. Thank you for sharing this work with us.
Dear Ginger, Thank you so much for writing! I’m thrilled that you loved reading and listening to The Outcasts. Writing this novel took several years, a lot of the work done in a solitary fashion, so your being so moved by the story and the characters means so much. I hope that you will enjoy reading my first two novel, The Heretic’s Daughter and The Traitor’s Wife. In gratitude. KK
Dear Ms. Kent,
I recently read Outcasts and absolutely loved it. (See review on goodreads.com) I am almost finished with The Heretic’s Daughter and then on to The Wolves of Andover. I love your work and look forward to reading your next book. Are you currently working on anything?
Thanks so much for sharing your talent with others!
Doris, so sorry it’s taken me so long to reply to you. I’ve been traveling and working on the next book, which as it turns out is a departure from my usual historical fiction genre. I had a short story published in a crime anthology called Dallas Noir, and I’m developing a contemporary crime novel based on it. It will be set in Dallas and will probably take me another year to complete. No final title yet. I’m so thrilled that you loved reading The Outcasts—and that you took the time to write and tell me. I am so very grateful. KK
Dear Ms. Kent,
I just finished reading “The Outcasts” and I haven’t enjoyed an historical, western themed novel this much since I first read “Lonesome Dove”.As a reader I appreciate all the effort that you put into making the book as historically accurate as you did. And your characters ! All of them, even the minor ones, were richly drawn and believably rendered.Bill McGill was the first true serial killer I’ve encountered in a western novel. His pathology and overall creepiness were right on the mark. Far different from ordinary, psychotic killers like J.W. Harding and Bill Bonney.
Thanks and I’m looking forward to reading more of your work.
Tom: Thank you so much for your posting about The Outcasts! Lonesome Dove has always been one of my favorite novels, and I’m thrilled that you would draw the parallel to that book. McGill was based on some research I did on Harding, Bonney, Wild Bill Longley and Cullen Baker. What’s always been so fascinating to me about the Western genre of historical fiction are how many nuances and variations there are in “good” and “evil” in the people who survived those challenging times. I do hope that you’ll enjoy reading my other novels as well, The Heretic’s Daughter and The Traitor’s Wife. Best regards, Kathleen