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What's on in November 2015- research visits and talks

Weather permitting I have some exciting research trips lined up for November (I sneaked one in at the end of October - read more about my visit to Condor Ferries).

One of the nicest things about being an author is that I get to visit some unusual and exciting places and talk to some amazing people, all of which provides me with tons of inspiration for a new DI Andy Horton or an Art Marvik crime novel.

Pauline Rowson on the Bridge of Wightlink St Clare with Cpt. Paul Marshallin I've sailed on the Bridge of the Wightlink ferry, the St Clare, many times for an insight into the ways of the Solent for the DI Andy Horton novels.  As readers know Andy crosses from the mainland of Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight and back many times in his attempts to solve complex crimes.

Behind the Scenes at the National Museum of the Royal Navy Museum PortsmouthI've visited marinas along the South Coast including Weymouth (Art Marvik, Silent Running), Haslar (DI Andy Horton Death Surge) and talked to staff  there and I've been behind the scenes at the National Museum of the Royal Navy and the Marine Institute of the University of Portsmouth (DI Andy Horton Undercurrent) to name but a few. 

Hampshire Fingerprint BureauI've also visited Hampshire Police Fingerprint Bureau and sought their advice for some of the plot details for DI Andy Horton 13, Fatal Catch.

On the Bridge of the Commodore ClipperOn Monday 26 October I was visiting Portsmouth International Port and the Condor Commodore Clipper, which features in the forthcoming DI Andy Horton crime novel, number 13 in the series, to be published later 2016.  My huge thanks to the Condor team who have been extremely helpful and allowed me to badger them with questions. (Read more about my visit to the Commodore Clipper.)

But to get back to November... On Wednesday 4 November I will be visiting an Amazing Venue, literally, and a landmark or should I say seamark in the Solent, one which I am very familiar with having grown up in Portsmouth but one I have never been on board.  Thanks to the great team at Amazing Venues I will be visiting one of their two Solent Forts which have been converted into incredibly unique hotels.  The third, Horse Sand's Fort, is in its original state and is being preserved as a naval museum soon to be open to the public and well worth a visit.  I'm sure I will be back there for another DI Andy Horton crime novel at some stage. More on my visit to No Man's Fort in an upcoming blog.

Hants Police Marine Unit RIB in Portsmouth HarbourThen on 16 November I will be spending the afternoon on the sea in Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent with one of my favourite police teams, the Hampshire Police Marine Unit.

I'll be visiting some of the locations used in the DI Andy Horton novels and stopping over in Portsmouth Harbour at the location for DI Andy Horton 14.

Of course both the above visits are subject to the weather!  So fingers crossed for calm days and in respect of Hampshire Marine Police they don't get called away on an operation.

Aside from my research visits and working on DI Andy Horton 14 I'm delighted to say that I will be giving a talk to members of Midhurst U3A on Tuesday 17 November and to the audience at Farnborough Library on Saturday 28 November at 10.30am
I will be talking about how I plot, research and write my crime novels.  Tickets to the Farnborough Library talk cost £4.00 which includes tea/coffee, book online or by telephone on . 01252 516458.   So if you live in that area do come along. It would be lovely to see you.

For pictures and more information on the above mentioned visits and my talks, do check back on this blog or you can subscribe to my monthly newsletter for book updates, talks, videos and more.

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NOVEMBER 1ST, 2015 @ 6:23:55 GMT

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