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Saturday, 25 February 2017

Pauline Rowson discusses using timeframes in crime novels

Time frames in novels, and particularly when writing a series, as I do with the Inspector Andy Horton novels, and more recently with the new crime series, featuring Art Marvik a former Royal Marine Commando, now undercover investigator for the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS), are a tricky thing. There is ‘real time’ and there is ‘fictional time’.

In ‘real time’ I write one Inspector Andy Horton and one Art Marvik crime novel a year whereas in ‘fictional time’ the novels are set over a shorter time frame. Andy Horton was thirty nine when I created him in Tide of Death in 2006 so by now he should be nudging on fifty. However, in ‘fictional time’, thirteen novels later, he is only forty. The novels take place not over eleven years but over eighteen months, which means for Detective Inspector Andy Horton there are an awful lot of murders in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, his home patch, making it worse than Midsomer Murders on a good day!

It's said that Agatha Christie regretted making Hercule Poirot sixty when she created him because by the time she finished writing about him he would in ‘real time’ have been about a hundred and eight! In ‘fictional time’ Poirot stayed more or less the same age. I'm not saying that will happen to Andy Horton or Art Marvik, they may age yet.

Following 'fictional time' allows the author to develop the back story. In Andy Horton's case it allows me to chart his marital break-up, his fight to gain access to his daughter, and his search for the truth behind his mother’s disappearance when he was child.

With Art Marvik there is his struggle to adjust to civilian life and, from the second in the series, Dangerous Cargo, there is the mystery behind the death of his parents when he was seventeen. His mother, a marine archaeologist and his father an oceanographer were killed in an underwater tremour while diving in the Straits of Malacca. It was thought to be an accident but was it?

In my crime novels I try to avoid mentioning the current year if I possibly can, leaving it to the imagination of the reader. The other problem with real time is that technology changes and so too do the names of police departments as they are merged, re-organised and cut back. I started by writing about the Serious Organised Crime Agency which in October 2013 became the National Crime Agency. It becomes increasingly difficult to keep up with all the name changes and often by the time the novel is published some of the police departments mentioned no longer exist in that format and that name. I'm not sure the same happens in the USA but it certainly does in the UK.

With regards to technological advances, being bang-up-to-date in one novel can mean being grossly out of date in another written a year or two later. MySpace, which was once all the rage, has been overtaken by Facebook in popularity, which in turn may very well also fade into the distance, just as the iPad could become but a distant memory as something else replaces it. All a powerful argument perhaps to writing a police novel or murder mystery crime series set in the past.

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Writing a novel - Pauline Rowson on where ideas for novels come from



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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Look who's got a taste for murder

Members of Havant U3A (University of the Third Age) got the taste for murder when I entertained them on Thursday 16 February with tales of my crime busting heroes, the rugged and flawed detective, DI Andy Horton, and my new hero, Art Marvik, the troubled former Royal Marine Commando, now working as an undercover investigator for the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad,(NIMS).


Pauline Rowson talking about how she writes her crime novels

 Over seventy people listened while I spoke about how I plan, plot and research my crime novels set against the backdrop of the sea on the South Coast of England.

Havant U3A Crime author Pauline Rowson entertaining the audience

 The enigmatic sailing detective  DI Andy Horton. features in thirteen crime novels with Lethal Waves the latest in the Portsmouth based series published by Severn House in the UK on the 28 February 2017 and in the USA on the 1 June 2017.

I spoke about how I create my characters including my new protagonist,  Art Marvik who is featured in two crime novels Silent Running and Dangerous Cargo, with the third to be published in autumn 2017.



Havant U3A Pauline Rowson showing how she plots her crime novels

I've given talks to many U3As across England and they are always an attentive, delightful audience. The University of the Third Age (U3A) has a network of U3As across the country, which provide life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities for retired and semi-retired people who come together to learn, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery. Members share their skills and life experiences. The U3A movement is supported by its national organisation, the Third Age Trust.

I also explained how I draw the inspiration for my crime novels from locations along the South Coast of England; how I work up ideas for the novels, develop characters and devise and map out plot lines.



Havant U3A Pauline Rowson talking about how she writes her crime novels

 My talk was followed by a lively Question and Answer session and a book signing. 'The audience were great. I  thoroughly enjoyed talking to them.



Havant U3A Pauline Rowson signing copies of her crime novels

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Monday, 20 February 2017

Writing a crime novel - characters, psychology, point of view and writing style






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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Book reviewers and book bloggers - Lethal Waves, new Andy Horton crime novel (13) now on Net Galley for review

Severn House Publishers has now put my latest Detective Andy Horton crime novel, Lethal Waves, on Net Galley for review.

Severn House will consider requests from established bloggers, Acquisition and Collection Development Public Librarians and booksellers in the UK and USA. For Goodreads and Amazon reviewers, they will take into consideration your NetGalley Feedback history.

Lethal Waves is published in the UK on 28 Feb. and in the USA on 1 June 2017.  Request a review copy from Net Galley


 Lethal Waves, a Detective Andy Horton Crime Novel by Pauline Rowson

Horton is called out to investigate the death of a vagrant whose body is found under a rotting houseboat on the shores of Portsmouth.

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Saturday, 18 February 2017

What do Glasgow, New Orleans, Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight and Liverpool have in common?



They're all settings for Severn House Publishers latest crop of pacy police procedurals. Featured in their February Mystery Newsletter. Delighted to see Andy Horton is in there, in Lethal Waves.


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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Coming soon the new Detective Andy Horton Marine Mystery, Lethal Waves

Lethal Waves, the latest in the popular crime series featuring the flawed and rugged detective, Andy Horton is to be published by Severn House on 28 February 2017. In Lethal Waves, Andy Horton is tasked to solve another complex crime, set against the backdrop of the sea on the South Coast of England.

"The DI Andy Horton Crime Novels - cleverly plotted, gripping, multi-layered"


Pauline Rowson's Portsmouth-set mystery plots are inventive and exciting, gripping but not gruesome, and full of thrilling twists and turns. They take us to the deepest, darkest corners of human behaviour but ultimately lead us into the light.

Her novels combine character-driven, emotional punch with the scale and complexity of plotting. Our intrepid hero on this journey is Detective Inspector Andy Horton. A man very much defined by a tormented past, but with hopes for his future.

Set against the atmospheric backdrop of the sea in the Solent, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight on the South Coast of England, Pauline Rowson's DI Andy Horton police procedural crime series has been hailed as "exemplary," "multi-layered" "cleverly plotted" with an "especially good series hero, a likeable fellow with plenty of street smarts and the requisite personal baggage".

Lethal Waves is published in hardcover in the UK on 28 February 2017 and in the USA on 1 June 2017

 

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Celebrating my eighteenth crime novel to be published in 2017

Fabulous news, my eighteenth (yes 18th) crime novel is to be published later this year (2017). It will be the third in the Art Marvik marine mystery series called, Lost Voyage, and before that the new Andy Horton detective novel, Lethal Waves, is published on 28 February 2017.

I'm delighted that Severn House are to publish both Lethal Waves and Lost Voyage this year and amazed that in the eleven years since I was first published in crime fiction in 2006 with Tide of Death, the first in the Detective Inspector in Andy Horton series, I have managed to pen so many crime novels.

There are thirteen crime novels in the Andy Horton mystery series, two in the Art Marvik series, with as I say, number three being published in autumn 2017. In addition, I have two standalone crime novels, In Cold Daylight and In For The Kill.

It took me eighteen years to get published in crime fiction and many rejections along the way, but during all those years, as well as running my own marketing company, I was also busy finding my voice (developing my writing style) and perfecting my craft. Since 2006 you can see that I have been busy making up for those years of what I call my apprenticeship.

So here's celebrating this year, 2017, the publication of my seventeenth and eighteenth crime novels and hopefully more to come in 2018.

The Andy Horton crime novels

The Art Marvik crime novels

Standalone crime novels

Available for sale in paperback, as e books, on Amazon Kindle, Kobo, large print and as unabridged audio books. Also available for loan from UK and USA public libraries.


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