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Thursday, 8 December 2016

Pauline Rowson's crime novels available as unabridged audio books

Nine unabridged audio books in Pauline Rowson's popular crime series have now been published by Soundings, part of Isis Publishing, the World’s leading publisher of unabridged audio books.

Soundings have published eight unabridged audio books in the DI Horton mystery crime series. They are: Deadly Waters, The Suffocating Sea, Dead Man’s Wharf,  Blood on the SandFootsteps  on the Shore, A Killing Coast, Death Lies Beneath and Undercurrent  (2016).

Undercurrent, DI Andy Horton, unabridged audio book

The DI Andy Horton unabridged audio books are narrated by Gordon Griffin and available in  CD and MP3 CD format.

In addition, Soundings are to publish DI Andy Horton, Death Surge,the tenth in the DI Andy Horton series. as an unabridged audio book in 2017.  Booklist USA says of Death Surge,  'A crisply written, cleverly plotted procedural with a nice twist.'

Soundings have also published as an unabridged audio book the first in the Art Marvik marine crime series, Silent Running which was published by Severn House in Hardcover, paperback and as an ebook in 2015.

Silent Running is narrated by Peter Noble and is  available in  CD and MP3 CD format.

Silent Runing by Pauline Rowson, unabridged audio book

 Adrift after leaving the marines, Marvik finds himself being used as bait to catch a ruthless killer whose slaying spree spans the decades.It's a mission that will put all his skills and training to the test- a dangerous assignment that could cost him his life.

Reviewers have hailed Silent Running as ' A tense, terrifying thrill ride that twists and turns with dizzying speed, combined with a likable, smart, tough, but all too human hero, make this a cracking-good new series, action fans need Marvik on their radar." Booklist (USA)

All Pauline Rowson's crime novels are available in paperback and as ebooks, on Amazon Kindle and Kobo. They can also be loaned from UK and USA libraries.



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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

The 7 Emotional Stages of Writing a Crime Novel

Many, if not all fiction writers, ride the emotional roller coaster of emotions when crafting their novel.  For me, each stage of writing a novel brings with it a range of different emotions. These range from excitement to frustration, relief, doubt, fear, anxiety plus a whole lot in between.

So here then is the gauntlet of emotions that I run while writing one of my crime novels.

1. Excitement
Starting a new novel gives me a real buzz.  The idea, the victim, the location or theme is there.  I work up the beginning, create some new character sketches, conduct some research. The ideas begin to flow. At this stage I'm not sure where the novel is going or how it will end, I plot as I write.  I can't wait to get going on the creative writing and do as soon as I possibly can, usually within two weeks of coming up with the idea.  I'm off!

2.Frustration
I thoroughly enjoy the buzz generated by the flow of the creative juices but often wish I could wave a magic wand and that first draft would be dumped directly from my brain on tot he computer without all the effort of having to key it in. I, like many writers, try to write the first draft as quickly as possible, with minimal editing, because that slows down the process. While writing the first draft I'll also be conducting more research.

Frustration also when I come to a point where I don't know where the story is going next, when I need to stop and do more research, think through my characters motivations, do some more plotting.  

3. Relief
Once that first draft is written, usually after three or four months, comes a sense of relief. I've got anything between 80,000 and 100,000 words on my computer screen. The story is there, along with all its faults and flaws, but I have something to work on, to shape and mould to what I hope will be perfection.   It's revision time and I go through the novel and flesh it out, check the structure, the clues, red herrings, motivations and personalities of the characters. Make sure the story holds together and the plot is as best as I can make it with plenty of twists and turns along the way.  This may take several revisions and often further research until finally I check that everything hangs together, all the unanswered questions have been answered and that the words and phrases used are the correct ones.

4. Doubt
Ah, now come the doubts. Could I change this chapter, this scene, this phrase or word? Could I improve the entire novel, perhaps I should re-write the wretched thing. Help! By now I am so close to it that it is difficult to be objective.

5. Fear
Having gone through several revisions I'm now at the stage where I feel I can no longer change anything. It is as good as it's going to get and I desperately need a fresh eye over it.  With a rapidly beating heart, hesitating for several minutes, my finger poised over the send message button, I take a deep breath and off it goes into the ether and to my publisher.

6. Hope and Anxiety
OK so I've cheated here and mentioned two emotions.  Hope and anxiety go hand in hand.
Hope that my publisher will like the novel and that DI Andy Horton or Art Marvik will live to see another day, while at the same time I experience  anxiety that this might be the novel they say thank you but no thanks to!

7. Depression
Finally, I thought I should mention here what several writers experience after completing a novel.  Some indeed do become depressed others' experience a sense of anti climax, having lived with their novel for so long it has become so much a part of them and now is the time they have to let go.   My antidote to this is to have two projects on the go, sometimes three, so that when I have finished one novel I can pick up the other one and begin work right away.

So, having finished writing both DI Andy Horton 14 and Art Marvik 4, it's on with the next novel, DI Andy Horton 15 while working up ideas for a new series and waiting with a certain amount of anxiety and hope to see if my publisher likes my latest offering enough to publish it. Fingers crossed they will.

 



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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Soundings buy audio book rights to DI Andy Horton, Death Surge by Pauline Rowson

 I'm delighted to announce that Soundings part of Isis Publishing, the World’s leading publisher of unabridged audio books, has bought the audio book rights to Death Surge, the tenth in the DI Andy Horton murder mystery series.


Death Surge a DI Andy Horton murder mystery by Pauline Rowson


A telephone call from a frantic Sergeant Cantelli to say that his nephew is missing cuts short DI Horton’s sailing trip to France. What began as the hunt for a missing man becomes the search for a ruthless killer.  Booklist USA say of Death Surge, 'A crisply written, cleverly plotted procedural with a nice twist.'

Soundings have published eight unabridged audio books in the DI Horton mystery crime series: Deadly Waters, The Suffocating Sea, Dead Man’s Wharf, Blood on the Sand,  Footsteps  on the Shore, A Killing Coast,  Death Lies Beneath  and Undercurrent  (2016).  They are narrated by Gordon Griffin and available in CD and MP3 CD format from Soundings.


Undercurrent, unabridged audio book, DI Andy Horton, also in paperback and as a ebook

Soundings have also published as an unabridged audio book the first in the Art Marvik marine crime series, Silent Running, which was published by Severn House in Hardcover, paperback and as an ebook in 2015.


Silent Running by Pauline Rowson, unabridged audio book, also in paperback and as an ebook

 Adrift after leaving the marines, Marvik finds himself being used as bait to catch a ruthless killer whose slaying spree spans the decades.It's a mission that will put all his skills and training to the test- a dangerous assignment that could cost him his life.

Reviewers have hailed Silent Running as ' A tense, terrifying thrill ride that twists and turns with dizzying speed, combined with a likable, smart, tough, but all too human hero, make this a cracking-good new series, action fans need Marvik on their radar." Booklist (USA)

All my crime novels are available in paperback and as ebooks including Kindle, Kobo and Nook. They can also be loaned from UK and USA libraries.


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If you've enjoyed reading my crime novels please do tell others, we'd also love for you to leave a short review or rating on Amazon as it all helps to introduce the novels to new readers.

Where to buy

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Pauline Rowson's books UK

From your local bookshop


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


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


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


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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Pauline Rowson's books UK

From your local bookshop


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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