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Friday Wordsmith: Historical Mystery Author Kari Bovee

By Linda Ulleseit
August 28, 2020

This week on Friday Wordsmith, Paper Lantern Writers welcomes historical mystery author Kari Bovee. Kari is the author of the award-winning Annie Oakley Mystery Series and the Grace Michelle Mystery Series. Her writing focuses on empowered women in history. Her most recent book,  Folly at the Fair came out in May of this year.

The Annie Oakley Mystery Series

What is the best compliment a reader has ever given you?

My favorite compliments go something like this: “I loved your book so much. It was so interesting! I had no idea that (fill in the blank) happened, or that (character from real life) did that, so I had to go look it up myself and find out more about it, or her, or him.”

I love when I have inspired someone to dig deeper, educate themselves more, or to unlock an area of interest for the reader that they never knew they had. It’s like I’ve created an instant connection with that person and we have something in common. It’s that feeling of being in conversation with someone and you both keep saying, “I know! Right?” It’s so fun.

  What is your favorite non-reading activity?

 Horses have been a part of my life since I was about ten years old. I feel such a connection with them. Aside from college and my early married life, I’ve always had at least one horse, and I’ve had up to seven at one time. Right now, I have four, and they have a forever home with me. One of them is completely retired, and she is just a pasture ornament, but I ride the other three. I used to compete, but now I just enjoying being around them. I’ve been practicing Natural Horsemanship for the last decade, and I keep learning that I have so much more to learn! It’s very similar to writing that way.

Where is your next vacation planned?

We have a condo in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and pre-Covid we went about two to three times a year. We have plans to go again for the month of January, and possibly February. I love going there, but I’d really like to see more of Europe. I haven’t seen Germany, Austria, or Denmark (where I have some roots) and I would love to do that. We’ll see what the world looks like in a year or two!

What brings you great joy as a writer?

 I love living within my own imagination and creating characters and situations (preferably a mystery!) inspired from something I’ve seen, or heard, or read. When I taught school I used to tell my students that when you write, you can be or do anything you want. There are no limits.

I also really love connecting with people. It brings me a lot of joy to provide education or entertainment to others through something I love doing so much.

Is there another profession you would like to try?

I think it would be fun to be a creativity coach. There are so many people out there who feel like they aren’t creative, and we all are, it’s just that some of us are more in touch with our creative side than others. Allowing ourselves to “create” in whatever way speaks to us is just so freeing and empowering. I think if more people allowed themselves to be in touch with their “inner artist,” there would be a lot less angst in the world.

 When she’s not on a horse, or walking along the beautiful cottonwood-laden acequias of Corrales, New Mexico; or basking on white sand beaches under the Big Island Hawaiian sun, Kari Bovee is escaping into the past—scheming murder and mayhem for her characters both real and imagined, and helping them to find order in the chaos of her action-packed novels.

An award-winning author, Bovée was honored with the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards Hillerman Award for Southwestern Fiction for her novel Girl with a Gun. The novel also received First Place in the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards in the Mystery/Crime category, and is a Finalist in the International Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards and the International Chanticleer Goethe Awards, as well as the Next Generation Indie Awards. Her novel Grace in the Wings is a Finalist for the 2019 International Chanticleer Chatelaine Awards and the International Chanticleer Goethe Awards. Her novel Peccadillo at the Palace is a Finalist in the 2019 International Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards and the 2019 International Goethe Awards, as well as a Finalist in the 2019 Best Book Awards Historical Fiction category.

Bovée has worked as a technical writer for a Fortune 500 Company, has written non-fiction for magazines and newsletters, and has worked in the education field as a teacher and educational consultant.

Find Kari on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook.

Linda Ulleseit
Written by Linda Ulleseit

Linda Ulleseit writes award-winning heritage fiction set in the United States. She is a member of Historical Novel Society, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and Women Writing the West as well as a founding member of Paper Lantern Writers. Get in touch with her on Instagram (lulleseit) and Facebook (Linda Ulleseit or SHINE with Paper Lantern Writers).

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