Kathleen Kimball Melonakos, Author

Kathleen is a direct descendant of Mormon leader Heber C. Kimball and his first wife Vilate. She is a graduate of Brigham Young University and holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Stanford University and did her Master’s thesis on the famous essay, “The Will to Believe” by psychologist William James. Kathleen is a former active Mormon and a lifelong student of Mormon history, religions, philosophy, classics, and the Bible. Her previously published works includes Saunder’s Pocket Reference for Nurses, 1990, 1995, and The Musician’s Quotation Book, 1990, 1997.

Beginning in 2007, Kathleen began visiting courthouses, libraries, state archives, universities, and historical societies in the areas of early Mormon settlement, including Vermont, New York, Illinois, Missouri, Utah, and other areas, such as Beaver Island, Michigan.  She collected copies of original historical documents that reveal a new dimension in Mormon (and pre-Mormon) history. She then connects the dots and presents a riveting story that is hard to put down. You may never see Mormon history OR early American history the same again.

Kathleen currently lives in the San Diego area with her husband Brian. They have three daughters, two sons-in-law and one granddaughter.