Rhys Bowen

in conversation with Cara Black

Recorded Thursday, September 10th, 2020

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

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Rhys Bowen‘s latest release, The Last Mrs. Summers, reunites mystery lovers with Lady Georgiana Rannoch, who is just back from her honeymoon with dashing Darcy O’Mara when a friend in need pulls her into a twisted Gothic tale of betrayal, deception and, most definitely, murder.

Rhys is the New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, including The Victory GardenThe Tuscan Child, and the World War II-based In Farleigh Field, the winner of the Left Coast Crime Award for Best Historical Mystery Novel and the Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel.

Her work has won twenty honors to date, including multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. Her books have been translated into many languages, and she has fans around the world, including seventeen thousand Facebook followers. A transplanted Brit, Rhys  divides her time between California and Arizona.

Cara Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 19 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris. Cara has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year citation, the Médaille de la Ville de Paris—the Paris City Medal, which is awarded in recognition of contribution to international culture—and invitations to be the Guest of Honor at conferences such as the Paris Polar Crime Festival and Left Coast Crime. With more than 400,000 books in print, the Aimée Leduc series has been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew.

“You know what rumors are like-like a jar full of moths. Once they escape, they’re all over the place.”

—Rhys Bowen.

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    Who are some of your favorite authors, whether fiction or non-fiction, and have they influenced your writing?

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    Are you still considering writing a novella or story with a little more of Constable Evans? Cozies set in Wales aren’t common, and the series is such a delight that it would be lovely if you had more to tell. Diolch!

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    What is YOUR favorite book? I would love to know what authors you read!

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    What draws you to mystery writing? How do you find inspiration?

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    How long does it take you to write and publish a book, when is your next one due?

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    What is the last thing you read or saw that moved you?

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    What is your writing process? Do you have a favorite place, tools, etc?

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    What influenced you to write two “stand alone” novels set in WWII rather than another historical period?

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    How do you keep your series characters fresh? They’re people I’d like to meet.

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    Will there be more Molly Murphy mysteries? I miss her!

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    Is there a possibility that Georgie ever meets up in her (Georgie’s) time frame with, who would be by that time, an older Molly?

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    Which of your characters do you most identify with? Which of them do you wish you be more like?

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    How do you expect your main characters will continue to evolve? Georgina still seems a bit “golly,”-ish. And now it feels like Darby will just be the perfect deus ex machina — the tension btw him and G seems to have gone away?

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    How has the pandemic affected your writing practices?

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    What was the writing process like for “The Last Mrs. Summers”? How long did it take to write?

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    Will Queenie ever find her way, or is she a lost cause?

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    How was the publishing process for you? Do you have any advice for new authors on how to attract the attention of a good publisher?

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    What in your opinion, is the most important part of building a really good mystery? When do you decide to break the boundaries of the genre?

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    I was going to ask about Constable Evans. It looks like someone else asked a question that I was going to ask about the series. I loved the Welsh setting because it brought back wonderful memories of my visit to Wales in the early 1990s.

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