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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 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 the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, 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 of the month: “Survivors

“Survivors” was a breakthrough story for me, where I found my voice and subject in a new, confident way. I still remember writing it – and I still have the first draft, handwritten on manilla newsprint. It was published much later by The Mississippi Review Online, which was later renamed Blip, and then morphed into New World Writing. You can read it here. I hope you enjoy it!

On the craft of writing, reading, and kindness

This month I was interviewed by author Sarah Niebuhr Rubin for her series, “Writers Simplifived,” in which she has been asking different writers to answer five questions on crafting, drafting, revising, reading, and being kind (a good question in these contentious times!). We had the pleasure of doing the in-person part of the interview at Seattle’s Green Lake on this year’s first warm sunny spring day. You can read my answers here.

Zooming around the world: No seatbelt to fasten!

Zoom events are great fun  – and I look forward to doing more of them. Since the Zoom era began, I have participated in events from California to Connecticut, as well as in England, France, India, and Pakistan. It’s an any time, anywhere world now, so if your book club or other group would like to chat with me about my books, reading, or writng, please feel free to contact me at

Recent events

27 February: Further discussion about reading and writing fiction with Dr. Jamshed’s Fiction Book Club in Karachi. This event was live-streamed on YouTube on 26 February, 9-10 pm (Pacific time) and is online now.

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.

Interested in having Alice Zoom to your book club or writers’ group?

For Zoom (or Skype, or Facetime) author visits, contact


Author photo: Maria Aragon