Alice K. Boatwright

Mysteries and More

The Writing Life

Alice Boatwright

Notes on writing, reading, publishing and life

My fiction writing has always been the work of my heart, my private world, the hardest thing I do, and the thing that gives me the most pleasure. That said, it has almost never paid my rent… although my skill as a writer has. It took me a long time to recognize that the writing life I have lived was far more interesting than what I imagined when I was young and thought “success” would be an academic job, a kindly and devoted editor, recognition in New York, and a string of well-loved books one of which would become an Oscar-winning film. (Full disclosure: I would still like that!)

—Excerpt from an interview with Writers Connection, September 2021