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How long does it take to write a crime novel? Pauline Rowson discusses

Pauline RowsonIt's always a scary moment when I press 'send' on the keyboard and a completed MS for a new crime novel wings its way through the ether to my publisher, Severn House.  It's rather like waiting for an exam result or a report from the teacher - could I have done better?  Should I have rephrased something or added or omitted something? It's also an equally nerve wracking moment (although also joyous) when the novel is published, because then it is absolutely too late to change anything. I have just sent the twelfth DI Andy Horton to my publisher and hope I can pass on news to readers when this is to be published.

I'm often asked how long it takes me to write a crime novel.  At present I'm writing the thirteenth in the DI Andy Horton series, which I started at the beginning of August 2014. I aim to have this finished by the end of January 2015 so I can leave you to work how long it takes me to research, plan, plot and write a novel. I usually write two crime novels a year.

So what does Horton get up to in DI Andy Horton number twelve, the title of which I'll announce shortly?  Well, obviously there is a new crime to solve and there is a new twist in his private investigations into the disappearance of his mother over thirty years ago.  I'm not going to say any more than that! I wouldn't want to spoil it for readers.

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In the meantime there is Shroud of Evil ( DI Andy Horton 11) which is now available as an e book and in hardcover.

How far would you go to protect a secret?

For DI Andy Horton there is no choice, but withholding information in a murder investigation could cost him his job

If you've not already discovered Andy Horton then why not read a sample.

And there are plenty more in the DI Horton series in addition to my two standalone crime novels, In Cold Daylight and In For The Kill.

Happy reading.

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SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2014 @ 6:33:53 BST

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