Meet the Author

NCH-PhotoNancy Huisenga began her career as a Theatre Arts major at the University of Minnesota back in the 1960’s and eventually became a registered nurse, working as a coronary care nurse and clinical educator. She left bedside nursing for the medical device industry, and was involved in human clinical research until 2002. Moving from St. Paul in 2000 to the small tourist town of Lanesboro, located in southeastern Minnesota, she owned and operated the Habberstad House Bed and Breakfast for 15 years with her husband, Dave.

During her years in Lanesboro, Nancy found the time to return to acting, performing whenever possible with the well-known professional Commonweal Theatre Company as well as some of the community theaters in the area. She has written poetry, children’s stories and newspaper articles for years. Her mother’s frequent admonition, “You should write a book!” came to fruition in 2012 with the publication of her children’s picture book “Does a Zebra Know It’s Striped?” (Agape Studios). By forming her own company, Books by Nancy H in 2013, Nancy has now taken her publishing to the next level, and is happy to share her popular “Behind the Door Marked Private” with adult non-fiction readers.

An experienced lecturer on topics related to the B&B industry, her popular presentation “Beyond Burnout: Rekindling the Fire”, Nancy is available for speaking engagements and discussion groups on the many aspects of running a bed and breakfast.

She is thrilled to be starting a new chapter in life! Having sold the Habberstad House Bed and Breakfast on June 30, 2015 to new owners/innkeepers, she is expanding her network as a public speaker. Her blog on her website ( will be updated more frequently now that she has time to explore the many roads ahead.

“The end is nothing. The road is all.” Willa Cather, author


Nancy in the News

Local author receives grant for second book
Republican Leader | 4/2/2013