Jen: Today we welcome Kelly Bowen to Romancing the Book. Kelly, will you share a short bio with us?
Kelly: Kelly Bowen grew up in Manitoba, Canada. She worked her way through her teenage years as a back country trail guide and ranch hand and spent a year working on a cattle station in Australia. She attended the University of Manitoba and earned a Master of Science degree in veterinary physiology and endocrinology.
But it was Kelly’s infatuation with history and a weakness for a good love story that led her down the path of historical romance. When she is not writing, she seizes every opportunity to explore ruins and battlefields.
Currently, Kelly lives in Winnipeg with her husband and two boys, all of whom are wonderfully patient with the writing process. Except, that is, when they need a goalie for street hockey.
Jen: Tell us a little about your newest release.
Kelly: Here’s the blurb for A Good Rogue is Hard to Find:
HE THOUGHT HE’D SEEN IT ALL . . .
The rogue’s life has been good to William Somerhall: He has his fortune, his racehorses, and his freedom. Then he moves in with his mother. It seems the eccentric Dowager Duchess of Worth has been barely skirting social disaster-assisted by one Miss Jenna Hughes, who is far too bright and beautiful to be wasting her youth as a paid companion. Now home to keep his mother from ruin, William intends to learn what’s afoot by keeping his friends close-and the tempting Miss Hughes closer still.
. . . UNTIL HE MEETS HER
He’s tall, dark, and damnably intelligent-unfortunately for Jenna. She and the duchess are in the “redistribution business,” taking from the rich and giving to the poor, and it’s going great – until he shows up. But even as William plots to make an honest woman out of her, Jenna will use all her wiles to reveal just how bad a rogue he can be . . .
Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?
Kelly: Nope, just me. So far!
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Kelly: I don’t have a routine really, I write whenever and wherever I can. Often it is at random places like hockey rinks, swimming pools, soccer fields – wherever I happen to be with my kids. Sometimes it is even in my office…
Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest? Most rewarding?
Kelly: The most challenging aspect of writing is making sure you’ve put your best forward. At the end of the day, it is you who has to be happy with what you’ve accomplished.
The easiest part of writing – hmmm. I’d have to say that nothing worth doing is ever easy, and every author or aspiring author can attest to that! Some days you can sit down and have entire chapters appear on the page – you simply can’t type fast enough. Other days you spend more time hitting the delete key than any other on the keyboard. But the privilege of being able to create stories and be able to put them out there for people to read – that brings an incredible amount of joy.
The most rewarding part – that’s easy- the readers! I’ve been very blessed to have so many people comment or write to me to say how much they’ve enjoyed my writing – there is no better feeling!
Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?
Kelly: One of the best comments I ever got was from a reviewer who had received an ARC of A Good Rogue Is Hard to Find. She had written to let me know she had taken the book with to the automotive shop while waiting for the oil to be changed in her car – and proceeded to laugh her way through the chapters while the rest of the occupants in the waiting room stared at her. I was so happy to know that I was able to make someone laugh out loud!
Jen: What’s next for you?
Kelly: I’ll be writing an e-short for this summer to come out between A Good Rogue is Hard to Find and You’re the Earl that I Want. I’ve also starting a new Regency series (nameless as of yet). But think Olivia Pope meets Jane Austen.