Rhys Bowen Guest Post: Wearing More Than One Hat

Novel Reaction is excited to welcome Rhys Bowen.

Rhys Bowen is a transplanted Brit who now divides her time between California and Arizona where she goes to escape the harsh California winters. She has been a professional writer all her life, moving from plays with the BBC in London, to books for children and young adults and finally to her real love, mysteries.

She began her mystery career with the Constable Evans series, set in her mother’s family’s native Wales, and has since moved on to two spunky heroines: Molly Murphy whose stories take place in 1900s New York City and Lady Georgiana, the penniless minor royal in 1930s England, whose Royal Spyness stories have become best sellers.

Rhys’s books have so far garnered 11 major awards out of 25 nominations.

Rhys also writes award-winning short stories when she can find the time to breathe. She enjoys touring for her books and meeting fans around the country.

Wearing More Than One Hat

Mystery Author Rhys BowenMystery Author Rhys Bowen Author of the Royal Spyness Series

As a writer I am called upon to wear more than one figurative hat. One minute I’m sitting focused at my desk, writing away to meet a deadline, living in a world that is not my own reality/ The next I’m required to get dressed in my “famous author” clothes and go out to speak to people about my books, to entertain them, make them laugh and essentially to sell my books. These require completely different personality types, don’t they? Silent, focused, shut away, in another world…and then witty, sparkling, elegant and charming among crowds of people.

I’m actually a people person so the second half is easier for me than the first. I find it hard to stay focused. I know I have to write. I know I have 30 pages to complete the book, and yet I’m checking Facebook, blogs, my emails, deciding it would be nice to take a long soak in the tub. I’ll get to my writing becuase I force myself but I never want to get started. Once I’m working I keep going until I’m finished for the day, but getting started–my, that’s hard.

And on hats–I never was much of a hat person. I have a small head and hats tend to look–well, stupid. But since I’ve been promoting the Royal Spyness books, I’ve been wearing a lot of lovely hats. I made the mistake of taking a very regal hat on tour with me last year. It was too big for my suitcase so I had to hand carry it through all those security checks. Learned that lesson. But on this tour I was at Powells Books in Portland (wonderful, wonderful store!) and they had a tower of hats (just what you’d expect to find in a bookstore, right?) Among them were some vintage looking hats.

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