K T Bowes


I began writing my series of books about Hana Johal Du Rose in 2006 when, as a new immigrant in a strange land, I found myself isolated and seriously out of my depth. It was cathartic and I created a character whose circumstances had once mirrored mine, albeit far worse at times and who had forged a life for herself and her children regardless. Hana gave me great hope.

I was born in 1969 to soldiering parents, moving around England and West Germany until I reached secondary school age. By that time, I had already been to five different primary schools. I always loved to write because I could lose myself in the story and create something far better than I felt was on offer in the 'real' world.

As K T Bowes, I have written six books in the series entitled 'The Hana Du Rose Mysteries' featuring Hana Johal Du Rose. I also write the Troubled series for teens. Artifact and Demons on her Shoulder are UK romance/mysteries and have been best sellers.

One thing I have learned is that being a writer can foster a different kind of isolation, a world of pretence and imaginary friends. My characters are the best and worst of me and I am them.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
My most favourite author is MM Kaye, who wrote 'The Far Pavilions'. I have read other work by her, but that novel stands out the most in my memory because although it was fiction, it was built from her own life experiences. It had such a ring of truism that it was eerie. It was huge and took a whole month to read but I really didn't want it to finish. I also love Rebecca Shaw's 'Village Series' and Earlene Fowler's 'Benni Harper Mysteries'. I am an avid reader and will read absolutely anything, from instructions to the backs of shampoo bottles when I get very desperate. I often have a few books on the go at once in different rooms but when I find one that I love, I will carry it everywhere with me just in case I get a few moments down time. I'm not satisfied until I have completely devoured it.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Sometimes I actually don't want to get up. I work and have a family as well as writing. I get up early and go for a run or a blast on my exercise bike - although I have recently rigged up a way of reading my Kindle on the bike. I believe in a forgiving God, which is just as well as I am always doing things wrong, but I have seen how fragile and precious life is. I try to do at least one nice thing for someone a day and that is definitely worth getting up for. Once a day doesn't sound a lot, but it's easy to get to the end of the day and realise I didn't do it, or that I just got too busy in my own stuff and didn't even notice a need. My faith has carried me through a lot of hard circumstances.
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Where to find K T Bowes online


Du Rose Sons
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 148,300. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2015. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
On Hana and Logan's return to New Zealand, their happiness is shattered by the arrival of an unexpected visitor. Will the past never leave them in peace? The discovery of a dead body sends the hotel into turmoil as unlikely family members become prime suspects. Hana sets out to solve the mystery with her usual brand of chaos but the answers she finds may break the man she loves.
A Trail of Lies
Series: Troubled, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 110,630. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: December 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
After dreadful revelations from her mother and with nowhere left to turn, Callister Rhodes flees to the New Zealand bush as a runaway, heading for a new life in the south. Helped by a reluctant classmate, she finds danger, love and finally, restitution. But freedom comes at a terrible cost and Calli is forced to face her demons and decide if she is willing to pay. Is love worth hanging around for?
One Heartbeat
Series: The Hana Du Rose Mysteries, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 131,610. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2014. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
A face from the past disturbs Hana’s second chance at love, pitching her backwards as her old life bleeds irrevocably into her new start with Logan. When her husband finds a body at the school boarding house, it brings nothing but trouble and Hana discovers that we are all one heartbeat away from eternity.
The New Du Rose Matriarch
Series: The Hana Du Rose Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 120,840. Language: British English. Published: June 4, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Motherhood at forty-five is not quite what Hana Du Rose expected and she is disappointed in herself. Her previous stalker is behind bars but another danger is getting ready to stretch its wicked fingers over her and make her life unbearable. Who is the handsome man in the black Mercedes and why does he seem intent on punishing Hana? Why is it that she can't ask her husband for help this time?
Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 38,420. Language: British English. Published: June 4, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Struggling to deal with the spectre of guilt from her theft of a NZ artifact, Lara arrives in the UK, finding work at a local museum and friendship with her new neighbours, Kerry, an eccentric primary school teacher and Arama, a handsome and unreadable businessman. Delving into the museum artifacts, Lara finds solace and hope. But before she can accept the love offered, she must forgive herself.
Demons on Her Shoulder
Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 65,270. Language: British English. Published: June 4, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Jayden Mitchell is a counsellor at St Judes, working hard to soothe the frayed nerves of the declining parishioners. Her skills extend to her own emotional trauma, masking a former life with the power to destroy the new, shadow existence she has created for herself. A mysterious death at the church throws suspicion on everyone, including the handsome new cleric and Jayden herself.
Sophia's Dilemma
Series: Troubled, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 152,870. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Chick Lit
16 year olds Sophia and Dane are victims of failed parenting. When Sophia disobeys her boyfriend in order to help him, she unleashes an unexpected world of trouble on him instead. Is he responsible for the dead body at his old house and when Sophia makes a startlingly painful discovery at school, can he still be the person she believed him to be? Should she put things right - at her own cost?
Du Rose Legacy
Series: The Hana Du Rose Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 145,490. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
The little Du Rose family is still in danger but finally, they understand why. As Hana struggles to deal with the other parts of her husband's complicated life, her own past hunts her down with a vengeance, threatening to unpick her new marriage and plunge them both into loneliness again. When tragedy strikes, deep in the New Zealand bush, none of the Du Roses will be left unscathed.
Free From the Tracks
Series: Troubled, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 28,100. Language: British English. Published: December 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Sophia Armitage's family have worked hard to end up on ‘the right side of the tracks’ in life. But who decides which is the 'right side' and what happens when love calls from the other side? Things are never quite what they seem and as a dreadful secret begins to eat away at her, life at the failing high school in the north of the New Zealand city of Hamilton, starts to horribly unravel.
Hana Du Rose
Series: The Hana Du Rose Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 168,530. Language: British English. Published: December 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Hana's children will soon know about her secret marriage to English teacher, Logan Du Rose. Added to this, her attackers are still in pursuit and have stepped up their attempts to retrieve the object they think she has. But what is it? What is the 'thing' she is meant to be in possession of? Hana's life is set to become even more complicated, with an astounding life-changing discovery of her own.
The Du Rose Prophecy
Series: The Hana Du Rose Mysteries, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 137,250. Language: British English. Published: December 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
In the mid 1970’s on a high mountain in the Central North Island of New Zealand, a rich landowner sat with her grandson and told him the old stories about the Maori people. She prophesied that he would be the one to ‘build a new house’ there on the whenua - the land. Thirty-five years later and Logan Du Rose is trying to do exactly that, finding that history will not make it easy for him.
About Hana
Series: The Hana Du Rose Mysteries, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 158,820. Language: British English. Published: November 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Hana has given up on life and love but a brutal mugging causes her to wake up and face both. Men are hunting her and she has no idea why and a handsome new colleague causes her to doubt her singleness. Shrouded in mystery and intrigue, Hana discovers that love will find a way, whether she likes it or not.

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