Alice K. Boatwright is the author of the Ellie Kent mysteries, which debuted with Under an English Heaven, winner of the 2016 Mystery and Mayhem Grand Prize. The sequel What Child Is This? will be published in December 2017. She is also author of the award-winning Collateral Damage, three linked novellas about the Vietnam War, and dozens of published short stories.
Alice holds an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and has taught at the University of New Hampshire, UC Berkeley, and the American School of Paris. Formerly based in the UK and France, she currently lives in the Pacific Northwest.
“Not only is Alice Boatwright a good detective writer, but a first-class storyteller as well. A great find.”
– M.C. Beaton, author of the Agatha Raisin and Hamish MacBeth mysteries
“Engrossing stories told with considerable artistry, full of recognition and sympathy.”
–Diane Johnson, author of Le Divorce
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Win a signed copy of Collateral Damage: Goodreads giveaway opens 28 September
Three signed copies of the award-winning Collateral Damage will be given away on Goodreads. The giveaway will open on 28 September and close on 6 October. There is no charge to enter. Goodreads will select the winners, who will each receive a signed paperback.
Collateral Damage explores sides of the Vietnam War that are seldom discussed. The three linked novellas tell the story of a young man who sees his refusal to fight in the war as his greatest act of patriotism, a family that continues to struggle with the after effects of the war 20 years later, and a bereaved sister who goes to Vietnam to see where her brother lost his life and try to find peace.
A finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Prize for Short Fiction, Collateral Damage won an Independent Book Publishers Award for literary fiction and was one of Small Press Distribution’s best sellers in 2012 and 2013.
Boatwright to read at “Noir at the Bar” on 12 October in Seattle
“Noir at the Bar” presents national and international crime writers, who read their work in the suitably atmospheric Dunbar Room at Seattle’s historic Hotel Sorrento. Alice K. Boatwright will be one of the featured writers on Thursday, 12 October 2017 from 7–10 p.m. The Dunbar Room offers drinks and food; there is no cover charge. The series organized by the Mystery Writers of America Northwest Chapter takes place every other month.
Alice K. Boatwright featured in Path to Publication series
No two writers’ work is the same, and their paths to publication are equally different. In July, Waverly Fitzgerald, a Seattle author, teacher and founder of Rat City Publishing, interviewed Alice K. Boatwright about her experiences working with small presses and learning to market her books. She focused in particular on the success of Under an English Heaven, which has sold more than 30,000 copies to date, with almost all of the promotion done by the author. “Once I read Under An English Heaven, I understood why it’s so popular,” says Fitzgerald. “It’s both a perfect cozy mystery, in that it offers up a glimpse inside the life of a small English village, but it’s also a finely written character study.” Read more
Author photo: Maria Aragon