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Friday, 19 December 2014

My last radio interview of 2014 on BBC Radio Solent - talking to Julian Clegg

 

Pauline Rowson on air with Julian Clegg, BBC Radio Solent


 It was a nice end to the year to once again be talking to Julian Clegg on his very popular and entertaining Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Solent. I was able to tell his listeners about my new crime novel featuring former Royal Marine Commando, Special Boat Services Officer Art Marvik, who is introduced in an explosive new marine crime novel, Silent Running, to be published in March 2015 by Severn House.


The first in the explosive Art Marvik marine crime series

 
And for all those DI Andy Horton fans I was also able to say that DI Horton will be back in a new crime mystery in September 2015, called Fatal Catch.  Meanwhile the latest in the DI Andy Horton series, Shroud of Evil is available in hardcover and as an ebook.

A DI Andy Horton marine police procedural crime novel


I enjoy radio interviews and it's always a pleasure to see the team at BBC Radio Solent. You can listen to the interview and all the BBC Radio Solent programmes on the BBC website.



Pauline Rowson chatting on air to Julian Clegg on the Breakfast Show BBC Radio Solent


Julian Clegg and Pauline Rowson in the BBC Southampton Studio



 

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Unveiling the book cover for the new explosive crime novel featuring former marine commando, SBS officer, Art Marvik


 


Well here it is - the book cover of my new crime novel, the first in the explosive new marine crime series featuring Art Marvik, Silent Running, which will be published by Severn House in March 2015. It looks exciting to me. What do you think?

Silent Running introduces former Royal Marine Commando, Special Boat Services Officer, Art Marvik.  Adrift after leaving the marines, Marvik unexpectedly finds himself being used as bait to catch a ruthless killer whose slaying spree spans the decades. In a race against time, Marvik is sucked into a dangerous assignment and a web of deceit that will need all his skills, and those of his friend, former Marine Special Forces Communicator, Shaun Strathen, to get to the truth. Their mission, to stop a ruthless killer before he kills again.


Edwin Buckhalter, Chairman of Severn House Publishers, says, ‘Silent Running has all the hallmarks of a good Rowson novel, the setting and atmosphere, the sailing and boats, interesting characters, and the intricate, complex plot. It is certainly something that will excite her existing fans and bring in new readers.’

Silent Running will be published in hardcover in the UK in March 2015 and in the USA in September 2015.

 

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Pauline Rowson talks to Julian Clegg on BBC Radio Solent Breakfast Show

On Wednesday 17 December I will once again be on air chatting to the lovely Julian Clegg on his very popular Breakfast Show on  BBC Radio Solent. It will be an early start as I will be on air at 6.40a.m. But you can tune into the programme at any time after the show via the BBC Radio Solent website.  

Sam Fraser and Pauline Rowson in the BBC Radio Solent Studio

 I'm fortunate to be one of Julian's People which means I get to talk to him on his radio show once every three months as he and his listeners follow my adventures and updates throughout the year.  I always look forward to a visit to the BBC studios in Southampton even though it is an early start. It's great to see Julian and his team and lots of fun doing radio interviews.

Pauline Rowson arriving early morning at BBC Studios, Southampton for the Julian Clegg Show


Pauline Rowson being interviewed by Julian Clegg on BBC Radio Solent


Thursday, 11 December 2014

New Marine Crime thriller featuring Art Marvik former Commando and SBS Officer to be published 31 March 2015

I'm thrilled to announce that Severn  House Publishers are to publish  the first in a brand new crime series featuring a brand new hero on 31 March 2015.  Let me introduce you to Art Marvik a former Royal Marine Commando, Special Boat Services Officer and give you a taste of what is to come.     

In the first of the series, called Silent Running, Marvik, adrift after leaving the marines, unexpectedly  finds himself being used as bait to catch a ruthless killer whose slaying spree spans the decades. In a race against time, Marvik is sucked  into a dangerous assignment and a web of deceit that will need all his skills,  and those of his friend, former Marine Special Forces Communicator, Shaun  Strathen, to get to the truth. Their mission, to stop a ruthless killer before he kills again. 

I will reveal more about Marvik  in the weeks to come. Meanwhile a note for your diaries.  Silent Running is to  be published in hardback in the UK on 31 March 2015 and in the USA in September 2015, when it will also be released as an ebook and available on Kindle, Kobo, Nook and other devices.

Edwin Buckhalter, Chairman of Severn House, says, ‘Silent Running has all the hallmarks of a good  Rowson novel, the setting and atmosphere, the sailing and boats, interesting  characters, and the intricate, complex plot. It is certainly something that will excite her existing fans and bring in  new readers.’

And to those of you who are fretting about DI Andy Horton  never fear, DI Andy Horton returns to solve another unusual murder case in September 2015 when the twelfth in the series will be published, called Fatal Catch.  More about that later.

2015 is shaping up to be an exciting year.  I'll post more about Art Marvik and Andy Horton here shortly with jacket covers for both novels and more news about them.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Crime Writer Pauline Rowson reads from DI Andy Horton, The Suffocating Sea.

This video was taken at Fleet, in Hampshire England where I gave talk to the packed audience about how I write and research my crime novels and the inspiration behind them. In this extract I am reading from the third in the DI Andy Horton series - The Suffocating Sea.

As Horton is forced to confront his past he's faced with a dangerous adversary who will stop at nothing to prevent the truth from coming out...

Aptly enough for this time of year, The Suffocating Sea, begins in December.





The Suffocating Sea, the third in the DI Andy Horton marine mystery series, set on the South Coast of England, selected as the "Best of British Crime Fiction" by The Book Depository. "A gripping, suspense-filled murder case...an entertaining read in an engaging series..." Booklist

Pauline Rowson is the author of the DI Andy Horton series of police procedural mystery crime novels set in Portsmouth and the Solent area of England, and of fast-paced thrillers including the new Art Marvik Marine Thriller Action Series.

Silent Running, the first Art Marvik novel, to be published by Severn House in March 2015.

Shroud of Evil is the latest in the DI Andy Horton series. Available in hardcover and as an ebook.

Undercurrent, DI Andy Horton, was published in paperback in October 2014.

All her books are available from bookstores, on line and for loan in the both UK and USA libraries.

More videos from Pauline Rowson on her You Tube Channel.



Monday, 8 December 2014

Locations of the DI Andy Horton series of crime novels

The DI Andy Horton series of police procedural crime novels are set in the Solent area on the South Coast of England, and more specifically, Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight  and surrounding areas of Hayling, Fareham and Gosport. Essentially they are set around the sea, my trademark if you like, and because I live in the area I'm often out looking for a good place to put a body - or rather perhaps I should say on location research.

These photographs were taken recently on a trip between Portsmouth and Gosport, which means a short ferry journey across the very busy and narrow entrance of Portsmouth Harbour, where my enigmatic detective, DI Andy Horton, often travels along with the marine police unit with Sergeant Elkins and Constable Ripley, in the pursuit of an investigation.

Gosport is particularly featured in DI Andy Horton number ten, Death Surge, when the investigation into Detective Sergeant Cantelli's missing nephew takes Horton to Haslar Marina, Gosport. The cover of Death Surge actually shows the view across the harbour to Gosport.





Arriving at the Gosport Ferry Terminal from Portsmouth, note the twin tower blocks here and in the cover above.

 

Here are some more photographs which give you a flavour of DI Andy Horton's patch. 

 

The Gosport Ferry leaving Portsmouth 



Leaving Portsmouth Harbour



Portsmouth from Gosport






I'm standing on the Gosport esplanade looking  across the narrow harbour entrance to Portsmouth


On location research for Death Surge, DI Andy Horton 10 at Haslar Marina


On location at Haslar Marina Gosport, featured in DI Andy Horton, Death Surge 10.



Watch the DI Andy Horton crime series trailer or read more on my website.  

Death Surge is currently available in hardcover and as an e book.  It will be released in paperback in March 2014.

All my crime novels are available to buy in bookstores, on line or for loan in UK and USA libraries.
 




Thursday, 4 December 2014

Pauline Rowson on - Writing First Drafts

DI Andy Horton 11.
So, I have the idea and I have the location. I might even have the victim. I certainly don't have the killer or the plot.  I put the idea, location and victim in a circle and I ask myself open questions: who, what, where, when, why, and how?  I don't have all the answers, in fact I have very few so I do some research, and some more thinking, and gradually I begin to answer some of those questions. I draw up a plot line, which is very sketchy to begin with and might only be the first three or four chapters. I've created some characters. Then I start writing, direct on to my PC.

This is the free flow creative writing stage when I'm eager to bring the idea and characters to life by getting words and actions on to my computer screen as quickly as possible. Often these are not the correct words, the descriptions are hazy, the characters not fully formed, the grammar and punctuation incorrect but there is something  that can be shaped later. This is what I refer to as the brain dump phase when I wish that I could simply download words on to the computer without having to type them.

As I write, more ideas come to me. I conduct further research. The plot begins to fill out, take shape and the sub plots are weaved in.  In the DI Andy Horton series there is also the underlying thread of Andy's quest to find out the truth behind his mother's disappearance thirty years ago.

It's a tricky business keeping track of it all, which is where the plot lines, or storyboard, come in handy. I also keep a running check of what is happening in each chapter. I will keep a record of the page numbers, the setting, who appears in each chapter and the actions. On the left hand side of the page are the factual details, for example the times of sunset and sunrise; the times of the tides and whether it is high or low water, essential information as my novels are all set against the backdrop of the sea.

As I write this first draft I will also flag up questions that at some point need to be answered, this might be connected with research or it might why X has said something and gone somewhere, or Y has done this or that.  All  these questions I then list, knowing that as I work my way through the novel they will need to be answered.

The aim is to get the first draft written as quickly as I can and not to get hooked on editing. The latter is very easy to do, because as most of us know editing is easier than creating. Many writers can get hooked on making that first chapter, that first paragraph even that first sentence perfect, but striving for perfection during this phase means the rest of the novel never gets written.

It usually takes me about three months to write the first draft. It's a pleasurable time but also a frustrating one because I am keen to get the story written.  Once I have approximately 85,000 to 100,000 on screen I can then breathe a sigh of relief and look forward to the second draft and more revisions to come.

Shroud of Evil, the latest DI Andy Horton (11) is published by Severn House. Available in hardcover from bookstores and on line and as an ebook on Kindle, Kobo and Nook. Also available for loan from UK and USA libraries.


The DI Andy Horton police procedural novels in order




Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Murder at the Pelican Club, a murder mystery play in the vein of Agatha Christie's Poirot

Just received some photographs taken from my play Murder at the Pelican Club, recently performed by Act One Drama in Kent, England.

Murder At The Pelican Club, is an exciting 1940s murder mystery in the vein of the classic crime thrillers of the 20th century, an Agatha Christie style detective drama that will have audiences guessing ‘who done it.’

It was a very enjoyable evening and a great performance. I look forward to the play being performed again by another theatre or drama group in the near future.  More details (and photographs) about Murder at the Pelican Club on my website. 

The band plays before the play begins - Murder at the Pelican Club - a murder mystery play set in 1940s England


Murder at the Pelican Club, set in the Blitz in 1940s England 

November 1940. Denmark and Norway have been invaded,the blitz has been raging in London since September.This is singer Tillie's last performance before leaving to entertain the troops, someone, though is intent on stopping her.

The cast of Murder at the Pelican Club

Murder at the Pelican Club is a departure for me as  writing crime novels are more my thing but I loved writing it and creating grumpy, middle-aged, gruff Inspector Doyle, the complete opposite to the rugged and flawed DI Andy Horton, and the action characters in my other crime novels. Another Inspector Doyle Murder Mystery Play is  certainly on the cards.

My thanks to the cast, crew and musicians for putting on a great performance.
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