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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Pauline Rowson explains how she chooses titles of her crime novels

 I'm often asked how I come up with titles for my crime novels and the answer is usually with great difficulty. Some titles are like pregnancy, taking months to develop and even when the novel is finished I might still have no idea what to call it. Other titles can come instantly, almost the moment the novel hits the page although that is rare. Dead Man's Wharf was one such case, mainly because it is set around a wharf where a dead man is found.

The location and scene of the murder in the novel can often prompt the title as in A Killing Coast when a body is found floating in the sea off Portsmouth harbour but the action also takes place around the stunning coastal bays of the Isle of Wight, hence the ‘coast’ in the title. Then there is Death Lies Beneath, the eighth in the Horton series, when a woman's body is found beneath the sea on a sunken barge just off a disused quayside in Portsmouth. The title of DI Horton number twelve, Fatal Catch, comes from the opening incident when fishermen discover they have hauled up a human hand.

The main character's actions can also prompt a title. For example in my thriller novel, In For The Kill, the hero, Alex Albury, newly released from prison after serving a sentence for a crime he didn't commit, is out to find the man who framed him and seek revenge. He is in for the kill.


And in Silent Running the first book in the new Art Marvik marine mysteries the title describes how Marvik is trying to come to terms with his new career after leaving the Royal Marines, working undercover as a marine investigator for the UK’s National Intelligence Marine Squad. The second in the series is called, Dangerous Cargo and is inspired by the fact the novel involves, well you’ve guessed it, and maybe I shouldn’t say anymore for fear of giving away the plot.









The DI Horton novels and the Art Marvik series are both set against the backdrop of the sea so there has to be a marine element in the book’s title, for example, Undercurrent, Footsteps on the Shore,Blood on the Sand.

The title must also reflect the genre. This makes it even more challenging.And titles are often changed in translation to suit the country of publication.



But are titles remembered? The majority of them are not. If the book is memorable, or becomes famous or controversial, or is the name of a film/TV series, or is treasured by the reader then it will stick, hopefully along with the name of the author but not always. Characters though have far greater staying power in a reader’s mind and generate loyalty over a much longer time frame sometimes even after the author has long been gone, therefore much better to concentrate on creating a memorable character rather than getting hung up a title.

 

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Part 3 - My top five films of the forties that have influenced my style of writing

In this series of blogs I reveal five films that have influenced me and my style of writing.  There are so many great films to choose from that I have selected five from the 1940s.  My first was The Big Sleep, written by Raymond Chandler, with the film starring the wonderful Humphrey Bogart and lovely Lauren Bacall.  The second was another classic Raymond Chandler crime novel, Farewell my Lovely (Murder My Sweet in the USA) and this time the film featuring a different Marlowe but an equally great actor who gives a perfect performance,  Dick Powell.

Here is my third film with yes, you've guessed it another private eye but this time not based on a Chandler novel.

Dark Corner (1946)

This great film noir contains one of my favourite lines, ‘I’m backed up in a dark corner and I don’t know who’s hitting me’ uttered by Brad Galt, who plays Mark Stevens, private eye and one time prison inmate framed for murder and now trying to start afresh with a new agency in another part of America.

My crime novel In For the Kill features a similar theme but instead of the private eye a one time successful businessman framed for fraud and embezzlement newly released from prison, set on revenge determined to track down the man who framed him.

But to get back to Dark Corner.  What I particularly like about this film noir, apart from the great script and wise cracking dialogue, is the character portrayed by Lucille Ball.  OK, so boss falling for secretary, the role she plays, and vice versa is a bit predictable but in this film it is the secretary who emerges the stronger character and has more staying power than her boss. It also shows how talented an actress Lucille Ball was. Directed by Henry Hathaway it also stars the talented Clifton Webb and brilliant William Bendix with that gravelly voice which I could listen to for ages.

A fast-paced film with great acting. Highly enjoyable.


In For The Kill a crime novel by Pauline Rowson


"I was hooked from the first page. Rowson's thrillers are a contemporary take on the classic page-turner. She weaves terrific plots around memorable characters. Her writing is as sharp as a punch in the ribs. Attention-grabbing. Compulsive. Next one please!" Editor - Hampshire Life Magazine.    

"A change of direction at every turn. Keep notes on all the players. If you like Jeffery Deaver, you'll love this story. The best mystery I've ever read by a female author." Amazon 5* Review


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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Shroud of Evil - DI Andy Horton - How far would you go to protect a secret?



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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Silent Running, the first in the Art Marvik Marine Mystery Series by Pauline Rowson



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Now out as an unabridged audio book.

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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Part 2 - Farewell my Lovely - five films that have influenced my writing - Part 2

In this series of blogs I reveal five films that have influenced me and my style of writing.  There are so many great films to choose from that I have selected five from the 1940s.  My first was The Big Sleep, from the novel written by Raymond Chandler, with the film starring the wonderful Humphrey Bogart and lovely Lauren Bacall.  Here is my second choice, another classic Raymond Chandler crime novel and this time the film features a different Marlowe but an equally great actor who gives a perfect performance,  Dick Powell.

Farewell My Lovely (called Murder My Sweet in the USA) (1944)

A classic film noir directed by Edward Dmytryk starring Dick Powell, the wonderful Claire Trevor and Anne Shirley.  The film was released in the UK under the title Farewell, My Lovely, the same as the 1940 Chandler novel, but it was renamed for the American market to prevent film goers from mistaking it for a musical for which Dick Powell was already famous.

Private eye Philip Marlowe is hired by petty crook, Moose Malloy, recently released from prison to find his girlfriend, Velma, who according to Moose is ‘cute as lace pants’.   What looks a simple case on the surface quickly becomes complicated and Marlowe’s enquiries lead to a tangled web of deceit involving bribery, perjury and theft.

Readers of my crime novels know that I also like complex plots, with lots of twists and turns. Things are never what they seem in my crime novels. Trust no one, believe nothing is the motto of DI Andy Horton who currently features in twelve police procedurals.

It could equally be said of the other hero of my crime novels Art Marvik, my former Royal Marine Commando now working undercover for the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad. Like Marlowe a private detective, Marvik  works outside the law, although unlike Marlowe he is attached to it and like Marlowe he finds himself in all sorts of tricky and dangerous situations..

There are some fantastic lines in Farewell My Lovely (Murder My Sweet).  One of my favourites is, 'A black hole opened up and I dived in.'

 

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Book Trailer - Fatal Catch - DI Andy Horton investigates a gruesome catch



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Saturday, 13 August 2016

The second in the Art Marvik series, DANGEROUS CARGO, by Pauline Rowson to be published in the USA


Dangerous Cargo, the second in the Art Marvik marine crime series is to be published by Severn House in hardcover in America on 1 September 2016.



The first Silent Running was published in the UK and the USA in 2015 and has been hailed as a 'A tense, terrifying thrill ride that twists and turns with dizzying speed.'

In Dangerous Cargo, Marvik, has a new and deadly mission to accomplish for the National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS) to catch a ruthless killer whose murders span over half a century.

Kirkus reviews says, "Marvik's second outing is even more muscular than his debut, (Silent Running 2015) as Rowson edges her detective puzzles ever closer to thriller territory."

"Dangerous Cargo is the sort of book where you can’t look away for a second, or you’ll be sunk, so to speak. Pauline Rowson is the queen of misdirection in this outing for former marine Art Marvik." Crime Review

Edwin Buckhalter, Chairman of Severn House, says, ‘Dangerous Cargo, like the first in the series, Silent Running, has all the hallmarks of a good Rowson novel, the setting and atmosphere, the sea, interesting and diverse characters and an intricate, complex plot. An action-packed, fast-paced crime novel that will certainly excite her growing fan base and bring in new readers.’

I am also the author of the crime series featuring the flawed and rugged Portsmouth based detective DI Andy Horton published by Severn House.

 Fatal Catch, the twelfth in the Horton crime series, was published in 2015 and the thirteenth in the Horton series will be published in February 2017.  The DI Andy Horton crime novels have been optioned by top UK production company, Lime Pictures, part of All3Media, who are seeking to bring the enigmatic sailing detective to the TV screens.  All my crime novels  aree set against the backdrop of the sea.


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Thursday, 11 August 2016

Death Surge - DI Andy Horton - in the hunt for a ruthless killer



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