Q & A with crime writer, Pauline Rowson-Why does your detective, DI Andy Horton, live on a boat?

The detective in my crime novels, DI Andy Horton, lives on a small boat in Southsea marina after being chucked out of the marital home by his antagonistic wife, Catherine, following false allegations of rape while he was working undercover (Tide of Death). I didn't want my detective living in a flat or a grotty bedsit, or any run of the mill place because he's not a run of the mill kind of guy. He's fit, fearless and a loner. Having been abandoned by his mother at the age of ten he's been raised in children's homes and he's had to learn to fend for himself.  He has a deep desire to belong and yet his upbringing has made him self-contained and he rarely trusts.

When I was looking at his background, and what had happened to his marriage, there was only one place that Horton would want to live, on the sea.  Sailing is his refuge from the city, crime and criminals. He's a man of contrasts whose life moves from the big apparatus of the police and the busy city scape to the small world on board his yacht and the bigger one beyond it of the sea.


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