Alice K. Boatwright

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Alice K. BoatwrightAlice 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? was published in November 2017. She is also author of the award-winning Collateral Damage; Sea, Sky, Islands; 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 now lives in the Pacific Northwest.

She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the Crime Writers Association (UK), PEN America, and she currently serves as President of the Puget Sound chapter of Sisters in Crime.

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News and Events

On giving away books for free: is it worth it? 

In October, the ebook edition of the first Ellie Kent mystery was offered for free for the first time. Many authors use this marketing strategy as a way of driving sales to other books in a series, but is it worth it? It’s hard to say. . . I wonder how many people actually read books they download for free. Nonetheless, the results so far have been interesting. More than 6,000 people downloaded Under an English Heaven over the four days – including 600 from other-than-US Amazon sites. The book reached #21 out of the Top 100 free Kindle books, held the number #1 spot in the traditional detective mystery category for several days, and topped out as #3 in the cozy mystery category. Actual sales for both books (including What Child Is This?) have been higher than usual throughout the rest of month. All good news.

But you can help me decide whether to do this again. If you downloaded the book. . . please read it! And, even better, post a review to let me (and other potential readers) know what you thought. Thanks!

Dorset Book Detective interview on inspiration, training, and making a career as a writer

The Dorset Book Detective, a blog by “an avid reader with a passion for books, particularly crime fiction,” interviewed Alice in October. You can link to the interview here.

Sea, Sky, Islands: Collaboration between writer and artist is featured in a University of California publication

A monthly publication that goes to all retired faculty and staff from the University of California system features the collaboration of former colleagues, Alice K. Boatwright and Marsha Karr in the November issue (link to come). The writer and artist worked together at UC Berkeley Extension, the continuing education branch of UC Berkeley, and years later reconnected when they both wound up living in the Seattle area. Marsha was the Program Director for Extension’s Art and Design Programs, while Alice was the Editorial and PR Director, as well as an instructor in The Writing Program. Sea, Sky, Islands is a chapbook of three stories Alice wrote set in Washington’s San Juan Islands. Marsha provided the cover painting and interior illustrations.


Upcoming events

There are no events scheduled at this time. Look for me in my basement office, writing. . . or playing with my cats, Hector and Molly.


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Author photo: Maria Aragon