Pauline Rowson discusses the heroes who have inspired her

On the wall above my desk are photographs of four men. They look down on me as I write my crime novels featuring the flawed and rugged DI Andy Horton and the trouble former Royal Marine Commando, turned undercover marine investigator, art Marvik.

Heroes have always fascinated me. It probably stems from reading so many thrillers and spy novels as a child.  Then I married a hero, well he is to me, a former fire-fighter from Red Watch, Portsmouth, UK, who took many risks and saved many lives.  It’s no wonder then that I turned to writing about a hero.

So who are the men on the wall, my heroes, who watch me while I write?  They are, in no particular order of preference:

Humphrey Bogart – think Frank McCloud in Key Largo, Philip Marlowe in The Big Sleep, Rick Leland in Across the Pacific;

Cary Grant – think Roger O. Thornhill in North By Northwest;, Johnnie in Suspicion;

Harrison Ford – think Indiana Jones, Dr Richard Walker in Frantic, Dr Richard Kimble in The Fugitive, John Book in Witness.

And then there’s Roger Moore, my favourite James Bond and before that the enigmatic Saint (I loved those novels).

None of these men look like DI Andy Horton (not to me anyway) but they have all played heroes and as I pen another crime novel they and the characters they have brought to life on screen from the pen of other writers inspire me and spur me ever onwards.


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