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Friday, 2 December 2016

What's on in December for crime author Pauline Rowson

I'm taking a rest from giving talks this December - getting my breath back in time for a hectic calendar of events for 2017 - but I have one more radio interview to do before the end of the year, and I'm looking forward to it. 

I'm delighted to once again be on the very popular Julian Clegg BBC Radio Solent Breakfast Show on Tuesday 22 December at 7.50am on 96.1FM, 103.8FM and Digital. For those of you who can't get BBC Radio Solent and want to listen to my interview then you can catch it after the show on BBC iplayer. I also hope to have a transmission of it here on the website and on my You Tube Channel.

You can also listen to my previous interviews on BBC Radio Solent by clicking on the links below.

Listen to Pauline Rowson on BBC Radio Solent talking to Julian Clegg about her crime novels on 27 September 2016

Listen to Pauline Rowson talking to Julian Clegg BBC Radio Solent 7 June 2016

Listen to Pauline Rowson talking to Julian Clegg on BBC Radio Solent January 2016

Aside from Christmas, there are copy edits to go through for the DI Andy Horton novel which is to be published in February 2017. Lethal Waves, number thirteen in the Horton series, will be published in hardcover in the UK on 28 February 2017.

There is also writing to be done, as always.  I'm currently working on the first draft of an Art Marvik crime novel, number four in the series. Number three is with my publisher, so at present I am not sure when that will be published but will keep everyone updated here.  And for those of you who are Andy Horton fans then aside from number thirteen being published in 2017 I have also written number fourteen in the series and I am looking forward to starting on number fifteen when Andy might find out what really happened to his mother, Jennifer,  after she walked out of their council flat in 1978!


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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

If you like Peter James, John Harvey, Ann Cleeves and Peter Robinson you'll like Pauline Rowson's crime novels

It is often difficult to find a new author and one whose novels you think you might enjoy but libraries are a great place for dipping your toe in the water, or rather for letting your fingers do the choosing and there is also a handy little book in UK libraries that can help with that.  It's called Who Else Writes Like?

Reviewers have compared the DI Horton novels to American writers, Ed McBain and Joseph Wambaugh and their British counterparts John Harvey and Peter Robinson both of the latter mentioned in the directory Who Else Writes Like?

My crime novels are also compared to those written by Colin Dexter, Ann Cleeves, Robert Barnard, Graham Hurley, Dorothy Simpson and Neil White.

There is also a good website called Fantastic Fiction where it is suggested that if you like Peter James and Stephen Booth then you might also like the DI Horton and Art Marvik series.


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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Can creative writing really be taught? Crime author, Pauline Rowson answers

 
There are a number of creative writing courses, some at universities, some being run by Literary Agents and Publishers and others by authors. But can creative writing really be taught?

All writers approach their work differently so there is no right or wrong way of writing. Some authors plan their novels from start to finish others improvise as they go along. I tend to do a mixture of both. I have a rough idea of the plot and a few characters sketched out then I get cracking on the novel and wait for the characters to start talking and moving about, which in turn drives the plot until a shape begins to emerge. 

Writing courses are helpful because the lecturers (often authors themselves) can pass on tips and assist with the technicalities of constructing characters and plot, they can provide guidance, as well as inspiration and motivation. They can give advice on writing dialogue and pass on the tricks of the trade, but the only way to 'learn' writing is to write, and to read.  Reading helps you to understand what shapes novels. 


My career has been spent writing. I have written advertising copy, brochures, web sites, press releases, articles, business books, training material and everything in between! 


In doing so I have learned about the nuances of language, how switching the order of two words can change their meaning, the impact of how words look on a page and how they sound when read aloud. I enjoy experimenting with words in my crime novels. And while you can learn technique, no one can create a 'voice' for you, that only comes with practice and experimentation. You also need patience and persistence and the discipline to sit at a desk for hours on end and put words on to a computer screen or on paper. Then you need the critical ability and ruthlessness to edit and polish. 


Above all though you need to enjoy the art of writing and creating for your own sake, no one else's. If publication comes that may be a bonus for you but it may not be essential to every writer. It is hard to believe but, yes, some people do write for pleasure.

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Thursday, 24 November 2016

DI Andy Horton #12 Fatal Catch now also available in Large Print


Fatal Catch, number 12 in the DI Andy Horton crime series,  has now also been published in Large Print  as well as in paperback (28 October 2016) by Severn House Publishers.  It is already available in hardcover and as an ebook,on Amazon Kindle and Kobo.

 Fatal Catch, a DI Andy Horton Mystery, by Pauline Rowson

Published in the UK, the USA and the Commonwealth, Fatal Catch has been hailed by Publishers Weekly as having "Plenty of red herrings and a surprising culprit." Adding, "Series fans will appreciate additional clues about the unsolved murder of Horton’s mother, Jennifer, more than 30 years earlier."

The DI Andy Horton crime novels are set against the atmospheric backdrop of the sea in the Solent area of Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight on the South Coast of England. The Horton murder mystery novels have been hailed as "compelling," "multi-layered and complex" "a great read for mystery lovers".

Horton has been described by US reviewer Booklist as " an especially good series hero, a likeable fellow with plenty of street smarts and the requisite personal baggage – an abrasive supervisor and an antagonistic soon-to-be ex-wife. Procedural fans who haven’t already read Rowson should be encouraged to do so in the strongest possible terms."
In Fatal Catch, Horton is called out to examine a gruesome find by two fishermen: a human hand. Soon Horton finds himself  immersed in a complex case where everyone has a reason to lie and no one is who  they seem. Assailed by doubts both in his personal and professional life, Horton desperately tries to keep his emotional feelings under control and his  focus on his work. His instincts tell him to trust no one and believe nothing;  he’s not sure though whether this time he’ll succeed.

The DI Andy Horton series has been optioned by top UK television production company Lime Pictures, makers of Channel 4's Hollyoaks,who are seeking to bring the enigmatic sailing detective to the television screens.

Fatal Catch 
is available from all good book retailers and for loan in UK, USA  and Commonwealth libraries.


 
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Also available as an ebook and on Amazon Kindle, Kobo and for loan from UK, USA, Irish and Commonwealth libraries


Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Pauline Rowson entertains members of Poole Probus with tales of her crime busting heroes

 It was a pleasure to meet and speak to the members of Poole Probus on 15 November at the Connaught Hotel, Bournemouth where I revealed the secrets of successful crime writing and talked about the mysteries and crimes both DI Andy Horton and former Royal Marine Commando, Art Marvik are called upon to solve in the line of duty.



Poole Probus, Pauline Rowson explaining how she writes her crime novels

I also explained how I plot, research and write my crime novels set against the backdrop of the sea on the South Coast of England.



Poole Probus, Pauline Rowson demonstrating her plot lines for her crime novels

DI Andy Horton currently features in twelve crime novels. Fatal Catch, the twelfth in  the Horton crime series, was published in 2015 with number thirteen due to be published by Severn House in February 2017.

I also introduced my new hero to the audience. Art Marvik, the troubled former Royal Marine Commando is now working as an undercover investigator for the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS). He first appears in Silent Running published in 2015, with his second adventure in Dangerous Cargo published in 2016.

My talk was followed by a very lively Q and A session and a book signing.  The audience were great.  My thanks to Poole Probus for inviting me to talk to them.



Poole Probus, Pauline Rowson talking to members and book signing


 

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Thursday, 17 November 2016

On location with DI Andy Horton in Fatal Catch

Here are some of the locations that are featured in Fatal Catch, the twelfth in the DI Andy Horton crime series which is now available in paperback (28 October 2016) published by Severn House Publishers. It is also available in hardcover and as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle and Kobo.

Portsmouth Harbour featured in DI Andy Horton crime novels





The DI Andy Horton crime novels are set against the atmospheric backdrop of the sea in the bustling Solent area of Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight on the South Coast of England.



Fareham Quay where Clive Westerbrook's boat in DI Andy Horton Fatal Catch crime novel is moored



Horton is  called out to examine a gruesome find by two fishermen: a human hand. Soon Horton finds himself  immersed in a complex case where everyone has a reason to lie and no one is who  they seem. Assailed by doubts both in his personal and professional life, Horton desperately tries to keep his emotional feelings under control and his  focus on his work. His instincts tell him to trust no one and believe nothing;  he’s not sure though whether this time he’ll succeed.



Thorney Channel where DI Horton is in pursuit of a killer in Fatal Catch


DI Andy Horton's Patch looking across to Portsmouth from Fareham Quay

 Publishers Weekly, "Plenty of red herrings and a surprising culprit."

Crime Book Club, "A great read for mystery lovers with plenty to keep you guessing until the last moment."


Fatal Catch  is available from all good book retailers and for loan in UK, USA and Commonwealth libraries.


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Also available as an ebook and on Amazon Kindle, Kobo and for loan from UK, USA, Irish and Commonwealth libraries


Wednesday, 16 November 2016

DI Andy Horton investigates a gruesome haul in Fatal Catch, now in paperback



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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Pauline Rowson meets up with some lovely fans of her crime novels at Portchester Library, Hampshire

I met up with some lovely fans of my crime novels at Portchester Library, Hampshire, on Thursday 10 November where I was taking part in the Portchester Literary Festival for the second time. I also gave a talk at last year's festival in December 2016.



Portchester Library- Book signing, Pauline Rowson signing her crime novels

I talked about my crime busting heroes, DI Andy Horton and Art Marvik and explained how I create my characters, draw up my plot lines and research and write the crime novels set in the Solent area on the South Coast of England.


Portchester Library - Pauline Rowson explaining how she draws up her plot lines

There are now twelve novels in the DI Andy Horton series and two in the Art Marvik series. I am also the author of two standalone crime novels, In Cold Daylight and In For The Kill.

Art Marvik is a former Royal Marine Commando, Special Boat Services Officer, turned undercover investigator for the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS) and is introduced in Silent Running with Dangerous Cargo  the second in the series published by Severn House in 2016.

Fatal Catch is the twelfth in the DI Andy Horton crime series.

My novels are published in paperback, hardcover and as ebooks on Amazon Kindle and Kobo, available in the UK and USA.  Many of them are also available as unabridged audio books

They have been hailed as "compelling," "multi-layered and complex" "a great read for mystery lovers".




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Also available as an ebook and on Amazon Kindle, Kobo and for loan from UK, USA, Irish and Commonwealth libraries


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