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How to write a crime novel - Pauline Rowson explains how she writes her first drafts

Pauline Rowson explains how she writes her crime novels - writing the first draft.

So, I have the idea and I have the location. I might even have the victim. I certainly don't have the killer or the plot.  I put the idea, location and victim in a circle and I ask myself open questions: who, what, where, when, why, and how?  I don't have all the answers, in fact I have very few so I do some research, and some more thinking and gradually I begin to answer some of those questions. I draw up a plot line, which is very sketchy to begin with and might only be the first three or four chapters. I've created some characters. Then I start writing, direct on to my PC.

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
NOVEMBER 25TH, 2014 AT 6:14:49 UTC

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HMS M33 Monitor featured in DI Andy Horton novel, Undercurrent, to be restored

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded £1.75 million to the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) to restore and open to visitors for the first time in its history, HMS M.33. Launched in May 1915, she is the sole remaining British veteran of that year’s Gallipoli Campaign and the only British warship from the First World War that will be open to the public during the Gallipoli Centenary next year.  It is also the location for the DI Andy Horton crime novel Undercurrent.

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
NOVEMBER 18TH, 2014 AT 8:22:13 UTC

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New Video Trailer of the DI Andy Horton Crime Series

Watch the new video trailer of the compelling crime series featuring the flawed and rugged Portsmouth based cop - DI Andy Horton by Pauline Rowson.



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NOVEMBER 16TH, 2014 AT 11:15:03 UTC

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Pauline Rowson entertaining the audience with tales of criminality

I was delighted to be asked to speak to the audience at Thornhill Baptist Church, Southampton, on Wednesday 12 November as part of their bi-annual Over 50s Activity Day. I met some lovely people who listened spellbound as I recounted how I plan and plot my crime novels and where I draw inspiration from.

I talked about my hunky and flawed detective, DI Andy Horton and the locations for the crime series centred around him, and my standalone crime novels, In For The Kill and In Cold DaylightThey're set in the Solent area, Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight, on the South Coast of England.

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
NOVEMBER 14TH, 2014 AT 6:26:07 UTC

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CSI Portsmouth 2014 - afternoon panel - drug busting, intelligence and covert source recruitment

The afternoon audience at CSI Portsmouth 2014 on Saturday 8 November were entertained  with tales of drug busting, intelligence gathering and covert source recruitment. The afternoon panel, grilled by crime author Pauline Rowson, comprised of crime authors Jessie Keane and Hilary Bonner with crime experts, Sergeant Roger Wood and DI Mandy Horsburgh of Hampshire Police.

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
NOVEMBER 12TH, 2014 AT 6:25:19 UTC

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CSI Portsmouth 2014 - morning panel - maggots, footprints, bodies and crime

Over 100 people packed into The Princess Royal Gallery at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on Saturday 8 November 2014 to hear two panel debates on crime fiction versus crime fact at the fifth annual CSI Portsmouth.

CSI Portsmouth 2014, which is part of Portsmouth BookFest, is organised by crime author Pauline Rowson in conjunction with Portsmouth City Council Library Service. It brings together top selling crime authors, police and forensic experts for a one day entertaining and informative debate on crime fiction and crime fact.

On the morning panel Pauline Rowson joined forces with her fellow crime writer M.C. Beaton and with crime experts Dr Katherine Brown, a Forensic Entomologist at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth and Terrence Napier, Footwear Mark Examiner, with Hampshire Police.

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
NOVEMBER 11TH, 2014 AT 6:24:54 UTC

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Pauline Rowson introduces a brand new hero in a brand new crime series to be published in 2015

I'm thrilled to announce that Severn  House Publishers are to publish  the first in a brand new crime series featuring a brand new hero.  Let me introduce you to Art Marvik, a former Royal Marine Commando, Special Boat Services Officer, and give you a taste of what is to come.     

In the first of the series, called Silent Running, Marvik, adrift after leaving the marines, unexpectedly  finds himself being used as bait to catch a ruthless killer whose slaying spree spans the decades. In a race against time, Marvik is sucked  into a dangerous assignment and a web of deceit that will need all his skills,  and those of his friend, former Marine Special Forces Communicator, Shaun  Strathen, to get to the truth. Their mission, to stop a ruthless killer before he kills again.

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
NOVEMBER 5TH, 2014 AT 14:45:43 UTC

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Act One Drama perform 1940s Play, Murder at the Pelican Club, by Pauline Rowson

Act One Drama in Kent did a great job in putting on my play, Murder at the Pelican Club, to packed audiences over three days on 30/31 October and November 1st and I was delighted to join them for the last night on Saturday.  The play is written in the vein of Agatha Christie's Poirot but with a twist of humour and music.

Murder at the Pelican Club is a departure for me as  writing crime novels are more my thing but I loved writing it and creating grumpy, middle-aged, gruff Inspector Doyle, the complete opposite to the rugged and flawed DI Andy Horton, and the action characters in my other crime novels.

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
NOVEMBER 3RD, 2014 AT 6:23:22 UTC

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What's on in November

November is a busy month with talks to U3As and other organisations; CSI Portsmouth 2014 being held on Saturday 8 November, where crime fiction meets crime fact and the last night of my murder mystery play, Murder at the Pelican Club, being performed in Kent.
 
Full programme Panel for CSI Portsmouth 2014

I will also be announcing some exciting news about a new crime series and a publication schedule for this and for the next DI Andy Horton. Oh, and of course I will be writing.

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
NOVEMBER 1ST, 2014 AT 6:55:18 UTC

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