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A welcome in Weymouth, location reseach at the marina and a talk at the library

Weymouth Library Pauline Rowson talking about how she writes her crime novelsOn Wednesday 22 October I combined a talk at Weymouth Library with the opportunity to do some research for one of my crime novels.

As my readers know my crime novels are all set around the sea with the DI Andy Horton series primarily set in the Solent area on the South Coast of England. However, there is always the chance that DI Horton will venture further afield and readers are in for a surprise in 2015 and a treat (I hope) with the launch of a brand new hero in a brand new crime series (more about that later) which means that other coastal locations will be featuring in future crime novels. One of them is Weymouth.

Weymouth BayWeymouth is a seaside resort on the Dorset Coast and boasts a sandy beach in a sheltered bay off the English Channel at the mouth of the River Wey. Georgian terraces face on to the bay and Weymouth is situated halfway along the JurassicCoast, a World Heritage Site important for its geology and landforms.

Approach to Weymouth MarinaWeymouth Harbour is also home to the Condor cross-channel ferries as well as many pleasure boats and private yachts and attracts tourists and sailors all year round.

Weymouth Marina OfficeI popped into Weymouth Marina to get somebackground information. The staff were very helpful.

The approach to the marina is up the River Wey and there is a lifting bridge which is opened at certain times of the day to allow the boats into the marina.

Weymouth Marina It has 300 berths including visitors’ berths and is accessible at all states of the tide, handy for getting my characters in and outof the place.

The lifting bridge, WeymouthThere is a quayside walk and a bustling modern shopping centre. Behind the Georgian terraces of apartments, guest houses and hotels that front the bay there are narrow streets with tiny houses, some of which though could certainly do with a little TLC.

Weymouth Library Pauline Rowson explaining how she writes her crime novelsThe audience at Weymouth Library made me very welcome. I talked about how I plot my crime novels, develop characters and where I draw my inspiration from. They asked lots of questions and this was  followed by tea and biscuits and a book signing. 

Weymouth Library Pauline Rowson reading an extract from one of her crime novelsMy thanks to Mary Gracie and the Friends of Weymouth Library for organising the talk and to all the lovely people for coming and listening to me.

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OCTOBER 27TH, 2014 @ 6:18:57 GMT

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