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Choosing names for characters in a crime novel


Pauline RowsonWhat'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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APRIL 21ST, 2017 AT 7:26:28 BST

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Pauline Rowson: How to write a crime novel or crime short story


Pauline Rowson with DI Andy Horton Lethal WavesThere are many different types of crime novels and crime short stories ranging from gritty gruesome, cosy comfortable to cops, robbers and gangsters, racy, action-packed thrillers, historical or contemporary crime novels, detective or private eye and many more variations in between.

Then there is the setting: the city, the sea, countryside, mountains, home or abroad. So there is plenty of scope to work with and the type of crime novel or short story you decide to write is often linked to the type of crime novel you like to read.

I never set out to write what have been termed in the USA 'police procedurals' but there are now thirteen published in the DI Andy Horton series and two crime novels featuring undercover investigator, Art Marvik with the third, Lost Voyage, to be published in July 2017. I've also written two stand alone crime novels, In Cold Daylight and In For The Kill.

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
APRIL 15TH, 2017 AT 6:32:10 BST

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On location with Inspector Andy Horton in Lethal Waves


Lethal Waves, an Inspector Horton MysteryOn location with the flawed and rugged detective, Inspector Andy Horton in crime novel number 13, Lethal Waves, published in 2017 by Severn House.

The DI Andy Horton crime novels have been hailed as "compelling," "multi-layered and complex" "a great read for mystery lovers".

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
APRIL 14TH, 2017 AT 6:42:13 BST

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The thrills, spills and nerve-racking business of being a published author

This short video was taken at a talk I gave at Waterlooville Library in Hampshire. Here, in answer to a question from the audience, I am talking about the thrills and worries of being a published novelist.

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
APRIL 10TH, 2017 AT 6:07:00 BST

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The inspiration behind the DI Andy Horton novel Lethal Waves


Pauline Rowson and Condor Commodore ClipperLocations often spark an idea for a new crime novel and while I am out walking the coastal paths of Portsmouth, the surrounding harbours and the Isle of Wight I'm always on the lookout for a good place to put a body! The inspiration for Lethal Waves, Horton's thirteenth outing, came from seeing one of the regular ferry services sail from Portsmouth into the Solent and out around the Isle of Wight on its way to the Channel Islands, the Condor Commodore Clipper Ferry.

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
APRIL 7TH, 2017 AT 6:23:24 BST

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Did you know? Fascinating Forensic Facts


Pauline Rowson with Lethal Waves, DI Andy HortonDuring my research I come across some interesting little forensic facts.


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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
APRIL 6TH, 2017 AT 7:26:20 BST

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What's on in April 2017


Dangerous Cargo, the second in the Art Marvik marine crime seriesApril sees the publication in paperback of the second in the series featuring undercover investigator, Art Marvik, a former Royal Marine Commando now working for the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad ( NIMS), Dangerous Cargo. Plus three talks lined up and plenty of writing for crime author, Pauline Rowson.


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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
APRIL 1ST, 2017 AT 6:26:14 BST

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