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How to choose characters names in fiction - tips and pitfalls


Pauline RowsonWhat's in a name? An awful lot as far as an author is concerned. Getting the right name for the characters in my crime novels can be a tricky business. Sometimes they can come to me completely out of the blue, other times I will struggle to find the name that best suits that particular character and until I do the personality refuses to come alive. The name also needs to fit with the age and nationality of that character although you can have exceptions.

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
APRIL 16TH, 2021 AT 6:26:28 BST

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Read an extract of Inspector Andy Horton in A Killing Coast


A Killing Coast, a DI Andy Horon crime novel by Pauline RowsoniA Killing Coast, like all the Inspector Andy Horton crime novels, is set against the atmospheric backdrop of the sea in the Solent on the South Coast of England, in the waterfront city of Portsmouth and the surrounding towns, and the stunning coastal locations of the Isle of Wight. It's April and Andy Horton finds himself engaged in a new complex murder investigation.

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
APRIL 14TH, 2021 AT 6:08:20 BST

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The story behind A Killing Coast, an Inspector Andy Horton crime novel


A Killing Coast, Inspector Andy Horton, by Pauline Rowson Locations are always a great inspiration for me and trigger ideas for many of my crime novels particularly those in the series featuring my flawed and rugged Portsmouth copper, Inspector Andy Horton.

For number seven in the Horton crime series, A Killing Coast, I was first inspired by the beautiful and rugged coastline on the east of the Isle of Wight, in particular the stretch from Ventnor to St Catherine’s lighthouse which takes in the rocky Woody Bay, a good place to put a body!

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
APRIL 12TH, 2021 AT 6:12:14 BST

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Ten killer tips for writing crime fiction



Work in progress DI Andy Horton crime novelsIn 2012 the Guardian newspaper ran an article asking writers for their ten rules for writing. I penned my top ten tips for writing deadly crime fiction and now looking back on them they still hold true with one or two little tweaks and additions.

After writing twenty-three crime, mystery novels and thrillers to date it never hurts to remind myself of some of these little writing tips.

Top writing tips for writing crime fiction






POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
APRIL 9TH, 2021 AT 6:31:03 BST

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The challenges in writing Marvik mystery thriller DEAD SEA



Dead Sea a Marvik mystery thriller by Pauline RowsonDEAD SEA, number four in the Marvik mystery thriller series, was a difficult book to write, not because there was any lack of ideas for the story line but because it needed to pick up the threads of an ongoing mystery which runs through the first three Marvik novels, that of the deaths of Marvik’s parents in 1997, killed in an underwater tremor while diving off the Straits of Malacca.

DEAD SEA is the story of what really happened to them – Professor Dan Coulter, a renowned oceanographer and Dr Eerika Marvik an equally renowned marine archaeologist. Hints are given in the first three novels, SILENT RUNNING, DANGEROUS CARGO and LOST VOYAGE, along with Marvik’s back story and his emotions surrounding his parents’ deaths when he was seventeen. These all need to be weaved into the new novel in a way that doesn’t completely dump on the reader and turn him/her off but gives enough explanation and colour as to keep both series readers and new readers gripped.





POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
APRIL 7TH, 2021 AT 7:14:55 BST

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Fascinating Forensic Facts – Bodies and soil – crime scenes with DI Andy Horton


A Deadly Wake a DI Andy Horton Mystery by Pauline RowsonIn A DEADLY WAKE, (15) Andy Horton discovers a buried body exposed during a landslip on the Isle of Wight.

Here are some snippets of forensic facts uncovered during my research for this and for the others in the DI Andy Horton mystery series.

 

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
APRIL 6TH, 2021 AT 7:27:37 BST

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What's on in April 2021



DI Andy Horton mysteries A Killing Coast and A Deadly WakeIn April I'll be continuing with my blast from the past as I look back on my talks in April of years gone by! I will also be able to go further afield on my coastal walks, as some of the Covid-19 restrictions in England are lifted, providing me with even more inspiration for my Inspector Andy Horton crime series, and in April DI Andy Horton has two multi-layered crimes to solve in A KILLING COAST (7) and A DEADLY WAKE (15). I also be continuing to write, DI Andy Horton number 16.





POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
APRIL 1ST, 2021 AT 6:35:58 BST

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