Saturday, 17 April 2021

How to choose characters names in fiction - tips and pitfalls

Pauline Rowson


What's in a name? An awful lot as far as an author is concerned. Getting the right name for the characters in my crime novels can be a tricky business. Sometimes they can come to me completely out of the blue, other times I will struggle to find the name that best suits that particular character and until I do the personality refuses to come alive. The name also needs to fit with the age and nationality of that character although you can have exceptions.


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Friday, 16 April 2021

See where A Killing Coast is set and read some extracts to match the locations

A Killing Coast, a DI Andy Horon crime novel by Pauline Rowsoni


A Killing Coast, like all the Inspector Andy Horton crime novels, is set against the atmospheric backdrop of the sea in the Solent on the South Coast of England, in the waterfront city of Portsmouth and the surrounding towns, and the stunning coastal locations of the Isle of Wight. It's April and Andy Horton finds himself engaged in a new complex murder investigation. 


"Meticulous police work leads Horton to a particularly callous and ruthless killer as well as theft and blackmail…includes a few unexpected twists.” Publishers Weekly



"Multilayered, twisted, and complex...a surprising conclusion and a satisfying read." Booklist  

See where A Killing Coast is set and read some extracts matching the locations

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Read an extract of Inspector Andy Horton in A Killing Coast by Pauline Rowson

A Killing Coast, a DI Andy Horon crime novel by Pauline Rowsoni

 A Killing Coast, like all the Inspector Andy Horton crime novels, is set against the atmospheric backdrop of the sea in the Solent on the South Coast of England, in the waterfront city of Portsmouth and the surrounding towns, and the stunning coastal locations of the Isle of Wight.


It's April and Andy Horton finds himself engaged in a new complex murder investigation. 


See where A Killing Coast is set and read some extracts

Monday, 12 April 2021

The story behind A Killing Coast, an Inspector Andy Horton crime novel

A Killing Coast, Inspector Andy Horton, by Pauline Rowson

 

Locations are always a great inspiration for me and trigger ideas for many of my crime novels particularly those in the series featuring my flawed and rugged Portsmouth copper, Inspector Andy Horton.

For number seven in the Horton crime series, A Killing Coast, I was first inspired by the beautiful and rugged coastline on the east of the Isle of Wight, in particular the stretch from Ventnor to St Catherine’s lighthouse which takes in the rocky Woody Bay, a good place to put a body! 



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Saturday, 10 April 2021

Ten killer tips for writing crime fiction

 

Work in progress DI Andy Horton crime novelsIn 2012 the Guardian newspaper ran an article asking writers for their ten rules for writing. I penned my top ten tips for writing deadly crime fiction and now looking back on them they still hold true with one or two little tweaks and additions.

After writing twenty-three crime, mystery novels and thrillers to date it never hurts to remind myself of some of these little writing tips.
 

Top writing tips for writing crime fiction

 

 

Thursday, 8 April 2021

A taste for murder at Bishops Waltham Library with Pauline Rowson


Bishops Waltham Library Pauline Rowson explains how she writes her crime novelsIt's always a pleasure to talk to a library audience and those at Bishops Waltham Library in Hampshire got the taste for murder on Thursday 6 April 2017 when I revealed the secrets of my successful crime writing and talked about my crime novels featuring the rugged and flawed sailing detective, Inspector Andy Horton, who appears in fifteen crime novels and Art Marvik, undercover investigator for the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS) who is appears in four crime novels

This was, of course,  long before the Coronavirus pandemic struck in 2020 and all social gatherings like these were banned. I know many people are missing events and I am missing entertaining the lovely audiences . However the good news is that my first LIVE talk is booked for July 2021 when once again we will be free to socialise in England (hopefully).  Meanwhile I am looking back at some of the talks  I have conducted over the years.

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Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Fascinating Forensic Facts – Bodies and soil – crime scenes with DI Andy Horton


A Deadly Wake a DI Andy Horton Mystery by Pauline RowsonIn A DEADLY WAKE, (15) Andy Horton discovers a buried body exposed during a landslip on the Isle of Wight.

Here are some snippets of forensic facts uncovered during my research for this and for the others in the DI Andy Horton mystery series.

Investigators will check whether the soil has been disturbed. They  will look for any unusual depressions or indentations in the ground. As a body  beneath the surface decomposes, the soil above it will slump further into the  grave. The soil will also be looser and softer than the surrounding compacted  soil, which can be another indicator of disturbed earth.

Studying the soil  colour, texture and consistency can also be used to determine if the soil has  been previously disturbed.

Soil collected will be analysed by forensic soil  scientists.  The type of soil a body is  buried in can alter its rate of decomposition—acidic soil can cause a body to  break down up faster than alkaline soil so this can be useful if the body has  been missing for several years.

Forensic archaeologists also look at plant growth or  death, and at changes in appearance to an area. These clues can help  investigators obtain information regarding the presence of a possible  grave. 

So there you have it!

 

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Friday, 2 April 2021

Wishing all my readers and visitors a very Happy Easter

 

Happy Easter from Inspector Andy Horton, Art Marvik, Inspector Ryga and of course me, their humble creator. Stay safe and well everyone.

Happy Easter from Pauline Rowson

Thursday, 1 April 2021

What's happening in April 2021 for crime author Pauline Rowson

 

April, and all is still quiet on the talk front as you would expect because of the Covid-19 restrictions imposed across the UK (and elsewhere). I'm pleased to have been asked to give a LIVE face-to-face talk in July 2021, my first since the lock downs began and I am looking forward to it and keeping me fingers crossed that it will go ahead. Meanwhile I'll be continuing with my blast from the past as I look back on my talks in April of years gone by!

On location looking for inspiration for my crime novels


In April I will at least be able to go further afield on my coastal walks, as some of the restrictions in England are lifted, providing me with even more inspiration for my Inspector Any Horton crime series.

April and DI Andy Horton has two multi-layered crimes to solve

 

DI Andy Horton mysteries A Killing Coast and A Deadly WakeInspector Andy Horton has another two complex investigations on his hands in April, but not in the same year. April sees him hot on the trail of a killer after a body is found floating off Spitbank Fort in the Solent. At first Horton believes it to be accidental or suicide but soon he realizes he's got that wrong. A KILLING COAST is number seven in the series of currently fifteen.


In Horton's second April investigation he's deep into a mystery that sees him solving the puzzle of what happened to his mother, Jennifer, when she vanished many years ago when Horton was ten years old. A DEADLY WAKE is number fifteen in the series.

Throughout April I'll be featuring these two crime novels on my blog.

April - writing

 

April also sees me continuing to write number sixteen in the DI Andy Horton series. I am now on third revisions and it's coming along nicely. Only another five revisions to go - I usually take eight before I am happy with it. That Horton crime novel is scheduled for publication in Spring 2022.

Before that in October 2021 there is a new Inspector Ryga 1950s set mystery, DEATH IN THE NETS, number three in the series. More on that to follow. But meanwhile there will be be updates and features on the first two Inspector Ryga mysteries, DEATH IN THE COVE and DEATH IN THE HARBOUR

That's about it for April, aside from Easter. I hope you all have a safe and happy one.  
 
Read more about DI Andy Horton's April investigations below:


A Killing Coast, Inspector Andy Horton (7)


A Killing Coast, DI Andy Horton 7 by Pauline Rowson

When a body is found floating in the sea off Portsmouth harbour, Detective Inspector Horton initially judges it to be an accidental death. Soon though, to his dismay, he discovers he’s got it very wrong. Accused of being incompetent by his boss, and with the head of the Major Crime Team coming down heavily on him, Horton wonders if he’s allowed his ongoing investigation into the disappearance of his mother over thirty years ago to cloud his judgement. With no clear motive for the murder, Horton is sucked into a baffling investigation that he is determined to resolve despite the odds. Not only does he need to find a brutal killer, but Horton now has to prove to himself, and others, that he is still up to the job. 



A Deadly Wake, Inspector Andy Horton (15)

 

A Deadly Wake a DI Andy Horton Mystery by Pauline Rowson
Inspector Andy Horton returns to his desk in Portsmouth CID after a tedious computer course in London to find there has been a series of highway robberies in his absence and an arson attack at the sailing club where the Chief Constable keeps his boat. What’s more the Chief’s boat is one of three that have been set alight and he’s demanding action. But when the fingerprint bureau phone Horton to tell him the prints of an unknown man found dead in a log cabin in a secluded bay on the Isle of Wight match those of someone he met six months previously, Horton’s priorities are clear. He travels to the island to identify the body but what greets him is totally unexpected. As he follows the trail of the dead man, he uncovers some startling revelations into his own mother’s past and the truth behind her disappearance over thirty years ago.



All my crime novels are available in paperback, ebook, Amazon Kindle and some as audio books.  They are also available for loan in UK, Commonwealth and USA libraries.






How to choose characters names in fiction - tips and pitfalls

What's in a name? An awful lot as far as an author is concerned. Getting the right name for the characters in my crime novels can be ...