Betsy Connor Bowen wrote part-time for the Livermore Falls Advertiser and video blogged for the Kennebec Journal before coming to Maine to live year-round in 2002. A graduate of Vassar College and Columbia University, a survivor of stints in business and academia, she hoped for a quiet life and time to write. Things panned out. Spring Bear, a novella, won a 2010 Maine Literary Award. Back From Tobruk (Potomac Books, 2013) is her edition of her photojournalist father's long-lost World War II memoir. Croswell Bowen: A Writer’s Life, a Daughter’s Portrait (University of Nebraska Press, 2014) followed. She is at work on a novel.
With her husband, Bob Stephenson, she tends to a Maine Coon Cat, a Golden Retriever, and an elusive deer herd. They heat with wood in Winthrop, Maine, where he keeps a garden and is active in local preservation projects.