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How many hours a day should I write?



Pauline RowsonI'm often asked if I have a writing routine, do I write every day?  Do I count the number of words I write?  Is there some kind of ritual that I follow? How do writers write?  Is there a formula or a magic method of writing for success?


Well there are writers who write the same time every day come what may; others who will write a certain number of words each day and when they've done their quota, they'll knock off. Others that can only write while drinking a cup of tea, or coffee, wine or whisky.  And me? Do I follow the routines of famous writers?  I don't know the answer to the latter because I've never studied them.  Finding your own routine and rhythm of writing is important.  What suits one person will not suit another and of course it depends on whether you also have a day job (or a night one come to that) or a family to care for. Time is the critical element but if you really want to write that novel, short story or non fiction book you need to make the time and have the commitment , passion and motivation to continue with it.


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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
MAY 22ND, 2020 AT 6:32:07 BST

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A Deadly Wake DI Andy Horton number 15


A Deadly Wake a DI Andy Horton MysteryA DEADLY WAKE Number 15 in the DI Andy Horton series set against the backdrop of the sea on the South Coast of England in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight will be published on 2 June 2020. Read more about what's in store for DI Andy Horton in A DEADLY WAKE.

As DI Andy Horton follows the trail of a man found dead in a log cabin on the Isle of Wight, he uncovers some startling revelations into his own mother’s past and the truth behind her disappearance over thirty years ago.




POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
MAY 19TH, 2020 AT 6:02:10 BST

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Countdown to publication DI Andy Horton, A Deadly Wake 2 June 2020


A DEADLY WAKE, (15) in the series featuring the rugged and flawed Portsmouth detective, Inspector Andy Horton.  DI Andy Horton has a new mystery to solve which ultimately leads him to discovering the truth behind his mother's disappearance over thirty years ago.

Published in paperback, e book, on Amazon Kindle and Kobo 2 June 2020. Pre-order your copy now.







POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
MAY 15TH, 2020 AT 17:04:05 BST

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Thinking through plots of crime novels and overcoming the tricky bits


Pauline Rowson Chidham across to Thorney IslandBeing a writer isn't just about pounding away at a keyboard or scribbling on paper, much of an author's time is spent thinking and what better way to do that than to go on a long walk and at the same time benefit from the exercise.

I also often combine my walks with research not only along the coastal paths and harbours where I live and where my DI Andy Horton crime novels are set, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, but also in other areas where the Art Marvik mystery thrillers are based, and the Inspector Ryga 1950 set mysteries, Dorset in DEATH IN THE COVE and Newhaven in East Sussex in DEATH IN THE HARBOUR (pub date November 2020).

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
MAY 14TH, 2020 AT 6:18:31 BST

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Murder methods - with DI Andy Horton in SHROUD OF EVIL



Shroud of Evil a DI Andy Horton MysteryThankfully traumatic injuries and deaths caused by crossbows are a rarity. But it was a means of murder I have used in Inspector Andy Horton crime novel, SHROUD OF EVIL, number eleven in the series.

SHROUD OF EVIL is available in paperback, ebook, Kindle, Kobo and Apple books as well as an audio book.

In SHROUD OF EVIL, DI Andy Horton is assigned the case of a missing person: Jasper Kenton, a  private investigator.  Irritated at being assigned such a low-ranking investigation, Horton suspects the disappearance has a mundane explanation but when Kenton’s car turns up, and a shocking discovery is made, things turn serious.

I'm not saying who is murdered by a crossbow and hope I haven't spoiled it for you, I'll say no more about the novel, but here is what I uncovered from my research into crossbow shooting and pathology.

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
MAY 13TH, 2020 AT 7:01:10 BST

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Applying the Page 69 test to DI Andy Horton mystery Shroud of Evil


Shroud of Evil a DI Andy Horton Mystery by Pauline RowsonThe  first I heard of the page 69 test was when a member of the public approached me  in a bookshop where I was doing a book signing and said she always applied it  when deciding which crime novel to purchase. She didn’t buy one of my novels so  I’d obviously failed to reach her exacting standards, whatever they were.

I browsed the Internet to find out who was  responsible for this particular form of literary torture. The answer was the  writer Marshall McLuhan championed more recently by John  Sutherland in How to Read a Novel: A User’s Guide. Do we  really need instructions on how to read a novel?

I turned to Page 69 in Inspector Andy Horton Shroud of Evil and duly applied the test. This is the scene between DI Andy Horton, my rugged and flawed detective, and  the pathologist, the petite, auburn haired and feisty Dr Gaye Clayton when she  is informing Horton that the victim was killed with a ….. no, hang on, that  will spoil it for those who want to read the novel (if I’ve passed the test).






POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
MAY 12TH, 2020 AT 7:01:05 BST

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The flawed and rugged detective, Inspector Andy Horton


Tide of Death, the first Inspector Andy Horton crime novel by Pauline RowsonThere will soon be fifteen in the Inspector Andy Horton series of police procedural crime novels. Number fifteen A DEADLY WAKE (pub date 2 June 2020) may well be the final one ... or possibly not!

Andy Horton was first introduced in 2006 in TIDE OF DEATH. It is Horton’s second day back in Portsmouth CID following an eight month suspension on a charge of gross misconduct. Determined to prove his innocence of the charges that have wrecked his career and his marriage Horton finds his personal investigations sidelined when the naked body of a man is found on the beach. Aided by Sergeant Cantelli, Horton sets out to find a killer who will stop at nothing to cover his tracks.


Since then Andy, along with Barney Cantelli and the rest of the CID and Major Crime Team, have had many investigations to undertake and readers have learned more about Andy and his troubled childhood. I have grown very fond of Andy, as I know many readers have. He is a likeable, troubled soul with his heart in the right place and yet doesn't always do the right thing. Do any of us!?





POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
MAY 11TH, 2020 AT 7:36:01 BST

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Celebrating finishing the first draft of a novel


Pauline Rowson on finishing first draft of a novelYes, this is my reaction to finishing the first draft of a novel!

I have just finished the first draft of the Inspector Ryga mystery number 3 in the series, which I hope will be published in 2021.

Before then though there is a great deal of work to be done because finishing the first draft is just the beginning. Now the task is to lick the novel into shape and that usually takes me about eight revisions.





POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
MAY 8TH, 2020 AT 15:55:24 BST

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On location with DI Andy Horton in A KILLING COAST



A Killing Coast, Inspector Andy Horton, by Pauline Rowson DI Andy Horton mystery crime novel number seven, A KILLING COAST is available in paperback,  as an e book on Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Apple and Google books.

'Multi-layered, twisted, and complex...a surprising conclusion and a satisfying read.' Booklist

When a body is found floating in the sea off Portsmouth harbour, Detective Inspector Horton initially judges it to be an accidental death. Soon though, to his dismay, he discovers he’s got it very wrong. Accused of being incompetent by his boss, and with the head of the Major Crime Team coming down heavily on him, Horton wonders if he’s allowed his ongoing investigation into the disappearance of his mother over thirty years ago to cloud his judgement. With no clear motive for the murder, Horton is sucked into a baffling investigation that he is determined to resolve despite the odds. Not only does he need to find a brutal killer, but Horton now has to prove to himself, and others, that he is still up to the job.






POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
MAY 6TH, 2020 AT 11:05:37 BST

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How to be a successful author


Pauline RowsonHow did you learn to write a novel? Did you attend any creative writing courses? What makes a successful author? These are questions that I am often asked and while there are no hard and fast answers there are some things that contribute to becoming a successful author.






POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
MAY 5TH, 2020 AT 8:12:23 BST

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What's on in May 2020 - writing, writing and more writing


Why so much writing? Well I think anyone reading this can guess. With all that is going on with the Coronavirus Pandemic it's difficult to do much else. With lock down in place in the UK as I write this who knows what will come after that, a gradual return to some kind of normality hopefully, but all the 'experts' are saying it will take a long time.


Death in the Cove, an Inspector Ryga mystery by Pauline RowsonStill enough doom and gloom. I shall immerse myself in Inspector Alun Ryga's 1950 world with all its problems in the third investigation for the Scotland Yard detective, who is sent down to the coast to solve another intriguing and baffling case. The first Inspector Ryga mystery is DEATH IN THE COVE and the second will be published in November 2020. More on that to come.




POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
MAY 1ST, 2020 AT 6:10:57 BST

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