K T BOWES
“The imaginary friends of an author are the constant companions of her dreams.
Writing offers an excuse to chat to them legitimately.” K T Bowes
Who is K T Bowes?
Born to soldiering parents and raised in the British Royal Air Force with one younger sister, K T Bowes enjoyed an incredible childhood living in the armed forces community. She learned to ride her first bicycle on the runway in between Tornado and Hercules planes landing in a Cold War locked West Germany.
The author’s mother taught her to read and write at the age of three, something the poor woman later regretted. Crayon is impossible to remove from carpet. Starting school aged four, K T Bowes refused to learn phonetics. She claimed it sounded like baby talk and declined to join in. It earned her a black mark with the teacher and wasn’t the first. She seemed destined to stray away from the beaten track and do her own thing in life.
Travelling to Wales to obtain an English degree, she found a Scotsman and an American at the helm. Their passion for the written word stayed with her, lasting through a lengthy and enlightened thesis on Daniel Defoe and three winters at the mercy of Cardigan Bay. She left with her Bachelor of Arts with Honours certificate clutched in her sticky little hand, but a crazy twist of fate sent her straight into law enforcement. And that’s another story.
Over the next decade she fortuitously gained a husband, four gorgeous children and a fair bit of weight. She shed the weight, but wisely kept the family members.
A Risky Adventure
In 2006 she climbed onto an international flight with her family, a suitcase and a little bit of cash, bound for a different life in New Zealand. They arrived at Auckland airport and saw the huge blue sky for the first time. The one way ticket proved a great idea because fear may have driven them all home many times.
Her husband found a job and her children reluctantly went to school, leaving an author with a dangerous amount of time on her hands. She remembered the immortal words of her father who once said, “When are you planning to use that darn English degree, girl? That was a waste of money.”
In between working part-time in a school for children with special needs and taking care of her family, K T Bowes wrote a novel. After a few job changes, she produced another and another. Twenty published books later, including a few bestsellers and she’s still writing. Her experience as an archivist shows up often in her story lines, alongside the law enforcement and other varied roles. She meticulously researches all her story lines. Her favourite bit of information gathering involved a Russian, who translated some phrases for The Actuary and added a few swear words thinking she wouldn’t notice. She did notice. Her least favourite meant spending four freezing nights in the Kaimai Ranges in the winter so she could write A Trail of Lies. She will happily chat to the Russian, but has no intention of going back into the bush.
Her New Zealand Home
She jogs slowly, horse rides badly and admits she can’t cook to save her life. K T Bowes is a Christian, but not a very good one. Apparently it’s all about the trying and she understands she’s very trying.
She lives in a little house on a riverbank in the north island of New Zealand. She’s grateful for her husband’s IT skills and occupies him with her technical accidents. These are numerous and often heralded by shouting. A ginger cat rules over them all and occasionally permits the entrance of visiting grown up children. A head full of fake people and scary Internet searches gives her lots to obsess about.
As a dual citizen of New Zealand and Britain, K T Bowes now calls New Zealand home. The view from her window is Taupiri Mountain and the Waikato River, two strongholds which feature often in her writing.
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K T Bowes gave an author interview in November 2015 for That’s Life Magazine which can be seen in their back issues.
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If you want to listen to her BBC radio interview from 2016, it’s below.