I'm often asked how I research my crime novels and in particular the police procedure and crime scene investigation side of things. I'm not married to a police officer or a former police officer (although I am married to a former fire-fighter) so I don't have inside knowledge except when it comes to fires, burnt bodies and serious road and other incidents which fire fighters attend, and they can all be incorporated into a crime novel, which indeed I have done.
So where do I…Continue
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On Thursday 13 March I was welcomed by a very lively group of writers at the Chiltern Writers Group, Wendover, UK, where I was pleased to be able to pass on some tips and techniques on writing a novel.
My talk was on the perfect system for planning, researching, plotting and writing a novel. I covered from concept to completion using mind maps, plot lines; developing and keeping track of characters, and factoring in research.…
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On Thursday 20 February I was delighted to entertain the volunteers of the Southampton and District National Trust.
I talked about the inspiration behind the DI Andy Horton series of crime novels, where I get my ideas from, and how I write the…
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Whose story is it? That is a question every writer needs to ask him or herself before starting to write a novel, or if not then certainly while writing and revising it. From whose viewpoint are you telling the story? Is it single viewpoint or multiple viewpoint? Is it male or female or a mixture of both? Beware the latter though and having too many viewpoints because that will not only muddle the story and slow it down but it will also confuse you, and more importantly the…Continue
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I had great time entertaining the ladies of the Young at Heart Club (part of Brandon Care) on Wednesday 5 February. They certainly lived up to their name. They were a very lively bunch.
Against the backdrop of fierce winds, torrential rain and thunder I talked about murder mystery and mayhem. Very appropriate…Continue
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February sees the publication in paperback of Death Lies Beneath,the eighth in the series of British Police Procedural crime novels featuring the flawed and rugged detective, DI Andy Horton. It has also be released as an unabridged audio…Continue
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Creating a likeable, interesting and complex main character, one the reader can have empathy with, one they want to trust, feel his/her pain and disappointments, root for throughout the story is the key to creating a successful and riveting crime novel.Continue
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At Monks Brook U3A on 8 January I was delighted to talk to the audience about my DI Andy Horton crime novels, how I draw my inspiration from the area in which the novels are set (the Solent area on the South Coast of England) and my method for developing plot lines and creating…Continue
Added by Pauline Rowson on January 10, 2014 at 10:44pm — No Comments
Here is a round up of the highlights of 2013, videos and photo slide show to come in following blogs.
My thanks to all my readers, my publishers, to the libraries and organisations who have hosted my talks, to the audiences who came to listen to me, to the press, radio presenters and their listeners, bloggers and their readers and to my family, friends and everyone who has supported me throughout 2013 and an special thanks to the hunky DI Andy Horton!
Wishing you all a very…Continue
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A visit to the newly refurbished Sandhurst Library in Bracknell Forest on 4 December was the perfect way to finish a busy year of talks and public appearances in 2013. Not only were the audience lovely and packed with some die hard DI Andy Horton fans but after my talk about murder, crime and bodies there was a gorgeous English tea complete with cucumber sandwiches, scones with jam and cream,…Continue
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A Killing Coast, the seventh in the DI Andy Horton series has been published in paperback and as an unabridged audio book. Already available in hardcover and as an e book, published by Severn House, it has been released as an unabridged audio book by Isis publishing, read by Gordon Griffin who also reads the others in the DI Horton series. Published in the UK, Commonwealth and America,…Continue
Added by Pauline Rowson on November 15, 2013 at 3:16am — No Comments
Time frames in novels, and particularly when writing a series, as I do with the DI Andy Horton novels, are a tricky thing. There is ‘real time’ and there is ‘fictional time’.
In ‘real time’ I write two DI Horton novels a year whereas in ‘fictional time’ the current novels are set over a period of sixteen months, which means there are an awful lot of murders in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, making it…Continue
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Over 130 people gathered at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on a blustery day, punctuated by the occasional shower, on Saturday 2 November to listen to two panels of crime authors, crime experts and police debate crime fiction and crime fact. It was great to see so many people there and to welcome back those who had attended the previous CSI Portsmouth events.…Continue
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The final talk of my mini book tour of South Wales on the 3 October 2013 on the publication in the UK of the tenth in the DI Andy Horton crime series, Death Surge, was at Neath Library.
The town of Neath is situated in the principal area of Neath Port Talbot located on the River Neath. It was a market town that expanded with the arrival of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century with the new manufacturing industries of iron, steel and tinplate. But just as with the other…Continue
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The second day of my mini book tour of South Wales on 3 October 2013 on the publication in the UK of the tenth in the DI Andy Horton crime series, Death Surge, started with a coffee and a lovely walk along the delightful seafront in Porthcawl (town by the sea) where I picked up some amusing and interesting ideas for characters and…Continue
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Review of Light of the World by James Lee Burke. A violent picture of evil. http://billsmedia.blogspot.com
Death Surge, the tenth in the mystery crime series, featuring the flawed and rugged DI Andy Horton, is published by Severn House in the UK and Commonwealth. It will be published in the USA on 1 January 2014 when it will also be released as an e book and available on all devices including Kindle, Kobo and Nook.
The DI Andy Horton series has received good reviews both in the UK and the USA where they have been hailed as 'multilayered, twisted and complex,' and likened to the…Continue
Added by Pauline Rowson on September 4, 2013 at 9:45pm — No Comments
Writing a crime series and keeping each novel fresh is always a challenge for crime writers. There are now nine in the DI Andy Horton series and number ten, Death Surge, is being published by Severn House in September 2013 in the UK and on 1 January 2014 in the USA. So DI Horton has come a long way since first appearing in Tide of Death in 2006.
So how does a writer keep the series fresh and the central character of interest to readers?
Readers buy my books…Continue
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Commentary on the late Elmore Leonard and his work in the Crime fiction genre. http://billsmedia.blogspot.com
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I'm often asked if I have a writing routine. There are writers who write the same time every day come what may; others who will write a certain number of words every day and when they've done their quota, they'll knock off. Me? I have no real set routine but I do like to write every day, speaking engagements permitting.
Some days when the words flow or I am at a…
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