Working on the plot of Inspector Andy Horton crime novel number seven

Having used up tons of scraps of paper (re-cycled from having to print off reams of previous manuscripts) and having almost worn my pencil down to a stub, not to mention making my office look like a waste paper tip, I am now a great deal happier with the plot of the next Andy Horton police procedural marine mystery crime novel, which will be number seven in the series set on the south coast of England around the Solent.

That doesn't mean to say that what I have mapped out will stay as it is, oh no, I could easily and most probably will change my mind by the end of the novel. Such is the life of a crime writer. As the characters become more alive so their motivations might suggest other actions. I might also delve into some research which could take me in another direction. It's messy but fun.

I want to try and get as much of the first draft written as I can before having to work on copy edits and proofs of the sixth Andy Horton novel, Footsteps on the Shore, which my publisher tells me is due to be published in the UK in January 2011 and in the USA in March 2011. So it's back to work. Must crack on.

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Comment by Geraldine Evans on August 18, 2010 at 12:33am
Hi Pauline

It's me again! Couldn't manage to send you an invite to be friends as I don't know your email address (I assumed the software would just send to you automatically). Maybe you can send me an invite and we'll go from there. Technology is always whuppin' me. Sigh. Geraldine Evans
Comment by Geraldine Evans on August 18, 2010 at 12:09am
Hi Pauline

Nice to hear from you. And I might have just finished my 18th novel, but I'm nowhere near as successful as you, so I think I'm the one with the catching up to do! :-( Yes, I'm on Facebook - I've got a Friends and Family page and a Fan Page which I just set up so there's not much on it yet. I'm also on Twitter (just started this morning) as I've been feeling increasingly that I ought to make more effort on the self-publicity front. I'll look out for your books, too. I'll send you a friend invite.
Comment by Pauline Rowson on August 17, 2010 at 4:17am
Would love to connect here, Geraldine. Are you also on Facebook? Congrats on your 18th novel. I've got another ten to go before I catch up with you and then you'll probably be on numbr 30! I'll look out for your novels too. I need to get some new crime novels, I keep going back to my old favourites.
Comment by Geraldine Evans on August 17, 2010 at 3:40am
Hi Pauline

Just thought I'd introduce myself as we're both published by Severn House. I'm a Londoner but now live in Norfolk where I moved in 2000. I've just finished my 18th novel (14th in the Rafferty & Llewellyn crime series). I'll look out for your books. Write back if you'd like to add me as a friend. Cheers. Geraldine Evans

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