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Thursday, 11 February 2016

Pauline Rowson Contact Update - News Flash

My official website www.rowmark.co.uk is down at the moment, as is my e mail.  Hopefully normal service will resume shortly!! In the meantime you can find out about my books, events and news here.  If you wish to contact me please leave a comment on this blog and I will reply back via it.

Thank you for your patience.

Crime Writer Pauline Rowson talks about Point of View and Choosing Titles

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Q & A with crime author Pauline Rowson - what is your greatest struggle as a writer

From the moment I discovered a wonderful place full of free books - my lovely local library in Portsmouth when I was about eight - I was hooked both on reading and writing. From that moment my ambition was to either be an author or a journalist.  I made it to being an author but it took a very long time and I am pleased to say a highly successful career in marketing and PR before I got there, working for multinational companies before running my own Marketing and PR Agency which I sold in 2003 to concentrate on a writing career.

From the age of eight I was fired up with a strong desire to become a fiction writer.  I wrote my first adventure novel when I was 11 (I was an  Enid Blyton fan) and I also used to write plays which, as kids, we'd perform in my parent's garage at our semi-detached house in Portsmouth.

Then during my career in marketing and PR I wrote several business books but still had that hankering to write novels, which I began seriously to do in 1988.  It took me until 2006 before I was first published and many trials and tribulations, errors and experimentation along the way until I found my 'voice'. Since then I have had published fifteen crime novels, twelve in the DI Andy Horton series, two standalone thrillers . Novel number sixteen is being published in May 2016 by Severn House, Dangerous Cargo, the second in the Art Marvik marine thriller series.

So getting published has to be the answer to that question.

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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Pauline Rowson will be revealing the secrets of crime writing at Poole Central Library

I will be at Poole Central Library on February 10th at 2pm where I will be talking about how I plot, research and write my crime novels set in the Solent area on the South Coast of England.

There are now twelve novels in the DI Andy Horton series with Fatal Catch the latest DI Andy Horton published in the UK in 2015 and the USA in January 2016  by Severn House Publishers  and like others in the series it is 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. They have been hailed as "compelling," "multi-layered and complex" "a great read for mystery lovers".


US reviewer Booklist says of DI Andy Horton, " 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."

I've also written two standalone crime novels and the first in a new crime series, introducing former Royal Marine Commando, Special Boat Services Officer, Art Marvik in Silent Running published by Severn House in 2015. The second in the Art Marvik marine crime series, Dangerous Cargo, is to be published in May 2016.

Silent Running, an Art Marvik marine thriller by Pauline Rowson


The new marine thriller series, featuring former Royal Marine Commando Art Marvik, is also set against the backdrop of the sea.

Edwin Buckhalter, Chairman of Severn House says, 'The Art Marvik series has all the hallmarks of the Rowson  brand - a troubled hero, 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.’

Dangerous Cargo, the second in the Art Marvik marine thriller series is to be published n the UK in May 2016 and in the USA in November 2016.

The DI Andy Horton crime novels have 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.

I will be at Poole Central Wednesday 10 February 2016 at 2pm.  Tickets are free and can be booked by phoning 01202 262449 (24 hr booking line) or emailing libraries@poole.gov.uk The Library asks for a £2 donation on the day.

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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Pauline Rowson's marine mystery crime novels and thrillers score a hit with library readers

The marine mystery crime novels and thrillers set in the Solent area and the South and West Coast of England are proving to be a hit with library readers as the latest figures on borrowing from UK public libraries in the Public Lending Rights league table show them having been loaned out almost 50,000 times in 2015 with Death Surge, Shroud of Evil and A Killing Coast all featuring the flawed and rugged Portsmouth based cop, DI Andy Horton, the most borrowed crime novels.

There are twelve in the DI Andy Horton series with Fatal Catch published by Severn House in  the UK in September 2015 and in the USA in January 2016.



I am also the author of two standalone crime thrillers, In For the Kill and In Cold Daylight  which was voted by the public as the third most popular read for World Book Day 2008.


 My new marine based crime series features former Royal Marine commando, special boat services officer Art Marvik.  Marvik appears in Silent Running,  published in 2015 with the second in the series, Dangerous Cargo being published in May 2016.






My crime novels are set against the back drop of the sea on the South Coast of England.  They are not only popular with UK readers but also those in the USA and Commonwealth where they have received rave reviews and where they are also extensively borrowed from libraries.  They are on sale in both printed and e book format and many are also available in large print and as audio books. Many of them have been published into several languages.

I'd like to thank readers who have borrowed my books from libraries across the UK and overseas.  I'm very honoured and delighted that my crime novels are giving a lot of people so much pleasure.

Public Lending Right (PLR) allows authors to receive payment under PLR legislation for the loans of their books by public libraries. Payments are made annually on the basis of loans data collected from a sample of public libraries in the UK. PLR systems have been established in many countries around the world including Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, France and Ireland. British authors can benefit from PLR payments in these countries which have a reciprocal agreement with the UK.


Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Talks, TV Interviews and a trip on the sea with Hampshire Police Marine Unit lined up for February

February is a busy month with two TV interviews and two talks scheduled plus a visit to my favourite police team in aid of research for a DI Andy Horton crime novel.

On the 3 February I'll be recording a TV interview for That's Solent TV which will be screened on the 3rd and 4th February.  I'll be talking to Chris Rider about my crime novels and crime writing, as well as discussing other topical issues.  The programme will be shown on Freeview Channel 8 in the Solent area on Wednesday 3 February at 10pm and Saturday 4 February at 10am and again at 4pm.

On the 10 February 2016 I will be giving a talk at  Poole Central Library, Dorset between 2pm to 4pm. I'll be talking about how I plot, research and write my crime novels set in the Solent area and on the Dorset coast.  Tickets are free and can be booked by phoning 01202 262449 (24 hr booking line) or emailing libraries@poole.gov.uk  The library asks for a £2 donation on the day.

The next talk after that will be on 25 February 2016 when I'll be entertaining the audience of
Ems Valley U3A with tales of murder, mystery and mayhem.

Then it's back to the TV studios on 26 February to record another show for That's Solent TV, this time with Chrissie Pollard. This programme will be aired on Friday 26 February at10pm and again on Saturday 27 February at 10am and 4pm.

And on 17 February I will be spending the morning on the sea in Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent with one of my favourite police teams, the Hampshire Police Marine Unit. I'll be visiting some of the locations used in the DI Andy Horton novels and stopping over at a new location in the harbour for research for DI Andy Horton 14. I'm really looking forward to it ,weather permitting. So fingers crossed for a calm day and that the Hampshire Marine Police Unit they don't get called away on an operation, and if they do then perhaps Andy Horton and I will just have to tag along!

Hants Police Marine Unit in the Solent


Thursday, 28 January 2016

Fascinated by forensics then join top crime authors, police and experts at CSI Portsmouth 2016

Tickets are now on sale for CSI Portsmouth 2016, part of Portsmouth BookFest, where crime fiction meets crime fact in a one day event being held on Saturday 5 March at the Pyramids Centre, Southsea.


CSI Portsmouth where crime fiction meets crime fact

 CSI Portsmouth, now in its sixth year, sees a stellar line up of crime authors, police and forensic experts debating crime fiction and crime fact in two panel events during the day.


On the morning panel, award winning crime writer Elly Griffiths, author of the series featuring forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway, joins Pauline Rowson, author of the popular DI Andy Horton crime novels set in the Solent area, and crime experts Simon Mound, a crime scene investigator with Hampshire Police’s Scientific Services Department with expertise in the recovery of firearms and the examination of firearm related crime scenes, and Jonathan Smith, a forensic scientist with expertise in the examination of blood and body fluids, hairs, fibres, botany and wood fragment identification and adviser to many UK Police forces.

The Hampshire Police Fingerprint Bureau will also be present and a mock up crime scene will be provided by students on the Forensic Science Course at South Downs College.

The afternoon panel comprises of Will Sutton, a musician, playwright an author of historical mysteries in Victorian London who will quiz crime author and crime expert Diana Bretherick, a former criminal barrister and now a lecturer in criminology and criminal justice at the University of Portsmouth and Hampshire based crime author  J. S Law, a former Royal Navy officer.

Pauline Rowson, who founded CSI Portsmouth in 2010, is the author of the novels featuring the flawed and rugged Portsmouth copper DI Andy Horton. There are now twelve in the series. She is also the author of two thrillers and a new marine based crime series featuring former Royal Marine Commando, Art Marvik.

CSI Portsmouth 2016 is shaping up to be a fantastic event. It will be highly informative and entertaining with a great line up of authors and crime experts. Tickets always sell out fast and the event attracts people but many from all over the UK. 

CSI Portsmouth is part of Portsmouth BookFest a festival of popular literature organised by Portsmouth City Council Library Service. It runs from 14 February 2016 to 5 March 2016 and its aim is to promote reading for pleasure and enthusiasm for literature in the city of Portsmouth.

Tickets for CSI Portsmouth


Tickets for CSI Portsmouth cost £15 for the day which includes £3 off a book bought on the day. Tickets can be purchased on line or from the Box Office after 10am on 023 9268 8037, from any Portsmouth Library or from the Hayling Island Bookshop on 023 9246 6620.

Full programme and information at CSI Portsmouth 2016.

Panel guests at CSI Portsmouth 2016
                       


Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Pauline Rowson marine based crime novels score hit with library users

Pauline Rowson's marine mystery crime novels are proving to be a hit with library readers as the latest figures on borrowing from UK public libraries in the Public Lending Rights league table show them having been loaned out almost 50,000 times in 2015 with Death Surge, Shroud of Evil and A Killing Coast all featuring the flawed and rugged Portsmouth based cop, DI Andy Horton, the most borrowed crime novels.


A DI Andy Horton Marine Mystery Crime Novel


There are twelve in the police procedural DI Andy Horton series with Fatal Catch published by Severn House in  the UK in September 2015 and in the USA in January 2016. 

A DI Andy Horton Marine Mystery Crime Novel

My other crime novels include two standalone crime thrillers, In For the Kill and In Cold Daylight  which was voted by the public as the third most popular read for World Book Day 2008 and my new marine based crime series features former Royal Marine commando, special boat services officer Art Marvik.  Marvik appears in Silent Running  published in 2015. The second in the series, Dangerous Cargo is being published in 2016. 

An Art Marvik marine crime novel

 My crime novels are set against the back drop of the sea on the South Coast of England.  They are not only popular with UK readers but also those in the USA and Commonwealth where they have received rave reviews and where they are also extensively borrowed from libraries.  They are on sale in both printed and e book format and many are also available in large print and as audio books. Many of them have been published into several languages.


Public Lending Right (PLR) allows authors to receive payment under PLR legislation for the loans of their books by public libraries. Payments are made annually on the basis of loans data collected from a sample of public libraries in the UK.  PLR systems have been established in many countries around the world including Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, France and Ireland. British authors can benefit from PLR payments in these countries which have a reciprocal agreement with the UK.

Thanks to all my readers. I'm very honoured and delighted that my crime novels are giving a lot of people so much pleasure.




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