The plot for the next Inspector Horton is shaping up nicely, having wrestled with it over the weekend

Having used up tons of scraps of paper (re-cycled from having to print off reams of previous manuscripts) and having almost worn my pencil down to a stub, not to mention making my office look like a waste paper tip, I am now a great deal happier with the plot of the next Andy Horton police procedural marine mystery crime novel, which will be number seven in the series. That doesn't mean to say that what I have mapped out will stay as it is, oh no, I could easily and most probably will change my mind by the end of the novel. Such is the life of a crime writer. As the characters become more alive so their motivations might suggest other actions. I might also delve into some research that will take me in another direction. It's all good fun, as they say.

I want to try and get  as much of the first draft written as I can before having to work on copy edits and proofs of the sixth Andy Horton novel, Footsteps on the Shore, which my publisher tells me is due to be published in the UK in January 2011 and in the USA in March 2011.

Meanwhile, for those of you waiting for the paperback version of Blood on the Sand, (number five in the series) this is due to be published on 30 September 2010. You can  pre-order it through Amazon if you wish in the UK or in the USA.  Where I have just been amazed to discover a first edition of the hardcover is costing $295.  Wow!

Alternatively, you could ask your local library to reserve it for you, although you will find that the library will have a hard cover copy of the novel.

Blood on the Sand is set primarily on the Isle of Wight.

In the fifth Marine Mystery, Detective Inspector Andy Horton’s Isle of Wight vacation is cut short when he encounters what appears to be the scene of a murder—and a woman who seems to be the killer, still holding the murder weapon. But there’s far more to it than that, and soon Andy is deep into an investigation that reaches far into the past.


She Wrote said…
Another police procedural writer. How great! I am, too, albeit not published. Heck, I'm still working on finding an agent. But I have two novels done in my series with a female protagonist who starts out as a sheriff's dispatcher with the objective of becoming a patrol deputy. How she achieves her goal in the thread in novel #1. So great to find you blog. Mine is Are you a member of Mystery Writers of America (MWA)? Ever heard of Sisters in Crime (SinC)? Two great USA writing organizations advocating female writers.
Pauline Rowson said…
Thanks for leaving the comment and good luck with your novel. I'm not a member of either organisations but have heard of both on several occasions. Maybe I should join. I am a member of the Crime Writers' Association of Great Britain though.

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