Erin Hart

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Erin Hart is a theater critic and former administrator at the Minnesota State Arts Board. A lifelong interest in Irish traditional music led her to cofound Minnesota’s Irish Music and Dance Association. She and her husband, musician Paddy O’Brien, live in St. Paul, Minnesota, and frequently visit Ireland. Erin Hart was nominated for the Agatha and Anthony Awards for her debut novel, Haunted Ground, and won the Friends of American Writers Award in 2004. Visit her website at

photograph by Joyce Ravid

Books by this Author

The Book of Killowen
False Mermaid
Lake of Sorrows
Haunted Ground

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. How do you know you can't do something until you actually try?

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Eleanor Roosevelt.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. You mean, apart from starting this questionnaire? Not sticking with playing an instrument, probably.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Those fleeting moments when the words on the page begin to come together and take on a life of their own. Those moments are rare, but there's no feeling like it in all the world.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Integrity, creativity, empathy.

Author Voices

January 24, 2013

The Book of Killowen

Erin Hart. Scribner, $26 (352p) ISBN 978-1-4516-3484-6

Hart combines powerful insights into human nature and pristine prose with history and archeology in her stellar fourth crime novel featuring Irish archeologist... see more

November 26, 2012

Thrilled to find THE BOOK OF KILLOWEN included in Library Journal's prepub alert, a listing called "What's Hot" for March 2013, with fellow crime writers Rhys Bowen and Paul Doherty, among others!

Feeling like an awful tease, since it'll be another 3+ months until the book is out. I am so sorry. (Okay, not really.)

Here's a link to the full article at the magazine's website.

June 01, 2012

People ask me all the time whether artifacts (or artefacts, as they spell it in Ireland) really turn up with such regularity as they do in my novels. All I can say is that I don't have to make anything up!

Take this piece, for instance, a 3,000-year-old gold torc discovered in 2009 near Corrard in County Fermanagh by metal-detecting enthusiast Ronnie Johnston. Mr. Johnston thought the piece was a vintage car spring, so he washed it and stuck it in the back of a drawer. Only after seeing pictures of another gold torc did he realize that he might have found something extremely rare and valuable.

When Mr. Johnston discovered what he had, he... see more

January 19, 2010

Hardcover copies of FALSE MERMAID are supposed to be arriving in just over a week, and I'm starting to get a little giddy. I'm trying to go back to all the images that helped shape the story, to begin putting together the multimedia presentation that will resemble the slide show that's constantly playing in my head: a leaf-littered riverbank, scullers on still water, the polychromed ceiling of a library reading room, an abandoned village, craggy cliffs and seabirds and curious seals. These are all the pictures in my head as I think about FALSE MERMAID, and that I hope to conjure in the reader's imagination.

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