Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Interview with Rhys Bowen, Day 2

Rhys Bowen is giving away a copy of her newest novel, City of Darkness and Light. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment with your email and answer the following question for Rhys:

What do you like most about historical mysteries?

This is day 2 of my interview with Rhys Bowen. Her latest novel is City of Darkness and Light, A Molly Murphy Mystery

Rhys Bowen is the New York Times bestselling author of two historical mystery series: the Molly Murphy Mysteries, set in early 1900s New York City and the lighter Royal Spyness series featuring Lady Georgiana, thirty fifth in line to the throne but penniless in 1930s England. Rhys’s books have won numerous awards including two Agathas and two Anthonys. She is a transplanted Brit who now divides her time between California and Arizona.

Her Website: www.rhysbowen.com
Her FaceBook: www.Facebook.com/rhysbowenauthor 

What are you working on now?

I’ve just finished the next Molly book. It’s called The Edge of Dreams and it deals with Freud’s newly published Interpretation of Dreams and the whole (very new)concept that unlocking the subconscious can lead to the unveiling of our deepest fears.

Describe your workspace.

I have three offices actually: the small one where I work, and can’t show you now as it’s about to be repainted and all my books are in boxes. But I have four bookcases full of research materials around me. Then my more civilized office with all my published books on shelves and a sofa to sit and think AND my condo in Arizona where I escape to find solitude to write in the winter.

What is the biggest misconception the general public has about authors?

That we wait for the muse to strike before we write anything. Writing is a full time job. I go to my desk every morning whether I feel creative or not, because I have a contract and a deadline.

What is the biggest misconception beginning writers have about being published?

That they’ll immediately make big money. Most writers make less than five thousand dollars a book. Only 4 percent of mystery writers make more than $40,000. 

Your stories cover many of the social issues of today. What would you like readers to gain from reading your books?

I’ve become a champion of women’s rights. By highlighting the struggles of early Twentieth century women in my books I hope young women will see how lucky we are today, how far we’ve come and what a privilege it is to vote, to run for office, to be treated as an equal (well, almost equal!!)

Thanks for joining us here on Favorite PASTimes. Any final words for readers or writers? 

Yes—if you enjoy my books, do join us on my Facebook page where I give almost daily updates on my life and work (www.Facebook.com/rhysbowenauthor) and look out for my next Royal Spyness book, Queen of Hearts, due out August 6th.

Question for the Giveaway: What do you like most about historical mysteries?

4 comments:

Sadie Tate said...

Great interview and I LOVE your site! This is my favorite genre and will be here often now that I came across you! I have found a few reads on here that I have added to my list and will leave a recommendation as well. Strange Birth by Julian Stone, juliandavidstone.com is the author's site. It's 1950's NYC ans about the world of TV and networks. Wasn't sure about it at first but it soon turned into a really great read! Thanks for making a great site!!

Angela Holland said...

I have always loved historical fiction books as the just seem to fascinate me and I like hearing how people used to live and do things. griperang at embarqmail dot com

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