Marine mystery crime author Pauline Rowson looks forward to 2011

January kicks off with an appearance on Portsmouth Live TV on 6 January with Live at Five with Sally Cronin at 5pm. I’ll be chatting to Sally about my marine mystery crime novels and also talking about the forthcoming launch of the Crime Writers’ Association Young Crime Writers Competition 2011 on 10 January. Once again I will be the southern area judge for the competition and looking forward to reading the entries from budding young crime writers. The participating libraries in the south are: Portsmouth, Southampton, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight but there are libraries all over the UK taking part so if you want to enter then check out the libraries in your area. The competition is open to young people between the ages of 11-18 and the winner will go forward for the National prize which will be announced during National Crime Writing Week 13 - 19 June. The deadline for entries is Friday 18 February 2011.

On 21 January I will be on the Julian Clegg Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Solent at the crack of dawn, well it is to many people at 6.45 am.

Then on 27 January the NEW Inspector Andy Horton crime novel is published. Footsteps On The Shore is the sixth in the Inspector Andy Horton marine mystery series and will be published in hardback by Severn House.

The 24 February sees the publication in Large Print of Dead Man's Wharf (the fourth in the Inspector Andy Horton series. It will also be published as an unabridged audio book and download early in the year, although I’m not sure exactly when.

In March Blood on the Sand is to be published in mass market paperback. This will please some readers who have e mailed me to say they can’t get hold of Blood on the Sand in hardcover or trade paperback; sorry these sold out but you’ll certainly be able to buy the new edition.

In April I’m meant to be appearing at Ventnor Winter Gardens Isle of Wight on 6 April except yesterday it was announced that the council are going to close it, so who knows if or where I’ll be talking about my crime fiction and the trials and tribulations of being a crime writer! More details to follow.

Also in April, Dead Man's Wharf will be published in mass market paperback. The hardcover and trade paperback versions sold out so it will be great to have the new paperback version available.

April sees the arrival of the London Book Fair, hopefully without the volcanic ash cloud which prevented all my overseas agents from attending in 2010. I will be at the London Book Fair on the 11th and 12th

On 30 April I will announce the South Coast winner of the Young Crime Writers’ Competition 2011 at an Awards Ceremony at Portsmouth Central Library. The Area Award Winner will receive a certificate and a £10 book token and a signed copy of two of my crime novels. Each shortlisted entrant will receive a certificate and a signed copy of one of my crime novels.

In May I will be appearing at Crimefest, at the Royal Marriott Hotel, Bristol. CRIMEFEST is a convention for people who like to read an occasional crime novel as well as for die-hard fanatics. It is now one of the most popular dates in the crime fiction calendar. The annual convention, 19-22 May, draws top crime novelists, readers, editors, publishers and reviewers from around the world and gives delegates the opportunity to celebrate the genre in an informal atmosphere.

From the 13- 19 June it is National Crime Writing Week. The Crime Writers' Association of Great Britain (CWA), of which I am a member, is organising a celebration of crime writing during the week. Members of the CWA will take part in readings, discussions, readers' group events and workshops all over the country. I hope to be in two events on the Isle of Wight and others around the southern region. More details on this to follow.

I will be speaking at many other events during the year including the second Crime and the City, CSI Portsmouth event, probably to be held at the beginning of November. This was an extremely popular event in 2010 and I’m looking forward to taking part in it again with some of my fellow crime writers, forensic experts and Hampshire Police.

Meanwhile I am writing the seventh in the DI Andy Horton series, as yet untitled and hope to see publication of that during 2011.

For more news about my books and events keep your eyes peeled here or on my official web site

Here’s wishing you a very Happy New Year and a peaceful, healthy and successful 2011.


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