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 series continued with What Child Is This? and the third book, Life Ever After, will be forthcoming soon. She is also the author of award-winning literary fiction: Collateral Damage; Sea, Sky, Islands; and dozens of published short stories.
As a mystery writer, Alice sees her Ellie Kent mysteries as “traditional” mysteries inspired by the Golden Age writers, such as Dorothy L. Sayers, Ngaio Marsh, Margery Allingham, and Josephine Tey, but with contemporary influences, such as P.D. James. She also loves M.C. Beaton, who always makes her laugh.
Alice is active in the writing community as the convenor of the North America Chapter of the UK’s Crime Writers Association, past president of the Puget Sound chapter of Sisters in Crime, and a member of PEN America and the Mystery Writers of America.
After a decade of living in England and France, where she wrote about public health for an international NGO, she now lives in the Seattle area with her husband, writer/photographer Jim Mullins, and their cats, Molly, Fred, and Poppy.
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News and Events
Story for a snowy night: “Look Both Ways”
This month’s story, “Look Both Ways,” is one that went through a variety of title changes as it developed. At first it was “On a Winter’s Night,” then “A Winter’s Night,” and then “Call Me 911.” The earlier titles were linked to the images and scenes that inspired me to write the story, but the one I finally chose reflects the theme. It was published in Amarillo Bay in April 2021.
Interview with the Writers Connection
The Writers Connection is an online resource aimed at educating emerging writers and supporting local Puget Sound authors. It includes resources and information on classes and conferences, book suggestions, author interviews and more. Recently, E.C. Murray interviewed me about my path to becoming an author and why, how, and what I write today. You can read the interview and sign up for the quarterly newsletter.
Zoom with Alice
Zoom events are great fun – and I look forward to doing more of them. Any time, anywhere! If your book club or other group is interested, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Recent and forthcoming events
11 December/ongoing: A talk about reading and writing with the Karachi-based Dr. Jamshed’s Fiction Book Club. This event was streamed on YouTube and is available now.
12 February: “Staying Published,” a panel discussion for members of the Crime Writers Association North America Chapter with Cathy Ace, Sheila Lowe, Art Taylor, and Marty Wingate, moderated by Alice K. Boatwright, CWA-NA convenor. On Zoom, 1–2:30 pm (Pacific time), all CWA members invited.
27 February: Further discussion about reading and writing fiction with Dr. Jamshed’s Fiction Book Club in Karachi. This event will be live-streamed on YouTube on 26 February, 9-10 pm (Pacific time) and available online thereafter.
10 March: “The Three R’s: Researching, Revising, and Re-checking,” a program on the writing process with Jeanne Matthews and Alice K. Boatwright, Puget Sound Sisters in Crime, 7-8:30 pm (Pacific time). On Zoom, open to members of any SinC chapter.
25 June: Roundtable on Clerical Mysteries, Pacific Northwest Association of Church Libraries Conference, Federal Way, WA
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Author photo: Maria Aragon