About the Author

About the Author or Who said a Clarinet Player Couldn’t Write a Book?

Carla Anne Ernst passed away in June 2019.  She had a blood clot in her lung and left us peacefully in her sleep. She will be greatly missed.



Carla Ernst lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she is active as an author, corporate communications writer, and motivational speaker. She leads her communications firm
CarlaAnne Communications and she is founder of The Writers’ Block, a consortium of some of America’s most accomplished writers and editors.

Carla has served in senior-level  communications positions for GE Healthcare and Johnson & Johnson, and at top-tier public relations firms Hill & Knowlton and Burson-Marsteller in New York. She has produced award-winning films for PBS and A&E such as To Dance for Gold, First Born, and Fifty Years to Mackinac. She also volunteers in several groups such as Deaf Unity in Madison, Common Ground Southeastern Wisconsin, and the Salvation Army of Chicago. Carla’s also a performing woodwind instrumentalist (clarinet, flute, and saxophone) and ASCAP film composer. She loves going to classical and jazz concerts, theater, ballet, museums, and off-the-beaten-path art exhibits and films.

Carla was included as a subject in the 2016 Photo Exhibition Our Trans Family  featuring photographs of transgender people and their families in Wisconsin. The Exhibition is designed to foster greater understanding about people who identify as transgender, the broad range of people who identify as “gender fluid,” and those who do not identify with a binary definition of their gender.

For fun, Carla enjoys going ʺUpNortʺ to her family summer lake cottage in Wild Rose,  Wisconsin where she likes to race sailboats, canoe, kayak, eat sweet corn and brats, and have a Point Beer (or two…OK, three), and where she plays clarinet in the Waupaca City Band.

She’s not old, but also not new. She grew up in the age of electricity. In her day, when you turned off a light switch, it never asked, “Are you sure you want to turn it off?” It never crashed, had memory issues, had to be re-booted or said, ʺYou’ve created a fatal error.ʺ Fatal? Seems a bit extreme. It’s a brave new world.