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Q & A - Pauline Rowson on the writing process and her crime novels

Pauline Rowson1. Where do you do your best thinking?

Walking the coastal paths of the Isle of Wight and around Langstone, Chichester and Portsmouth Harbours where my crime novels are set.

2. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Where I  live now in the Solent area of the UK; it’s vibrant, diverse, and in turn both beautiful and ugly but most of all it’s full of characters and a rich source of ideas for crime novels.

3. Who was your first literary crush (author or character) and why?

I had so many when I was discovering the delights of reading, devouring crime novels by Leslie Charteris featuring Simon Templar, The Saint. Also those written by John Creasey featuring The Baron and Gideon, amongst others. He was also the author of Westerns and I went through a phase of reading them too.

4. What is the first thing you remember writing, and how old were you?

I wrote my first novel at the age of eleven, an adventure story in the style of Enid Blyton, but before that I was always writing stories and plays, the latter of which I’d stage with my friends and brothers in the garage at our family home.

Footsteps on the Shore - DI Horton Mystery5. If people like your writing, what other writers would  you recommend to them?

My writing has been compared to that of John Harvey, Peter Robinson, Ed McBain and Joseph Wambaugh. I’d also say that the DI Horton crime novels are like those of R. D. Wingfield’s DI Frost series.

6. What do you hate most about the writing process?

I don't hate any of it but the part I favour the least is checking through copy edits and proofs.

7. What do you love most about the writing process?

All of it, the research, the plotting, the crafting of the first draft and the revisions

8. Do your books share your personality? If they’re different, what’s the difference?

Death Lies Beneath - DI Horton MysteryI write from the male point of view so my heroes don’t share my gender (although there are strong female characters in them).

My crime novels contain quite a lot of dialogue and have been described as a‘punch in the ribs’ rather than bogged down with long descriptive passages. They contain action, are fast paced with a touch of wry humour, so maybe they do reflect my personality!

9. What do you do when you have writer’s block?

Two things. I either go for a very long walk/s or I knit. Both are great for stimulating the creative juices and with knitting not only does it help when thinking through plots and characters but you also get a very nice cardigan at the end of it.

10. What are you working on now?

The eleventh novel in the DI Andy Horton series.

Undercurrent - DI Horton MysteryNumber nine in the DI Horton marine mystery series, Undercurrent is published by Severn House in the UK on 31 January  2013 and in the USA and as an e book on 1 May 2013.


 Number ten is to be published in September 2013. More on this to follow.

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