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A lovely way to round off my talks 2013

Pauline Rowson talking about her crime novels to the audience at Sandhurst LibraryA visit to the newly refurbished Sandhurst Library in Bracknell Forest on 4 December was the perfect way to finish a busy year of talks and public appearances in 2013. Not only were the audience lovely and packed with some die hard DI Andy Horton fans but after my talk about murder, crime and bodies there was a gorgeous English tea complete with cucumber sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, yummie Victoria sponge cake and tea served from teapots in real china cups with saucers - how civilised is that!

Pauline Rowson explaining how she writes her crime novels to the audience at Sandhurst Library I talked for about forty five minutes giving the audience the low down on how I plot my crime novels, how I create characters, where I get my ideas from and how I develop these ideas into crime novels of approximately eighty thousand words.

Pauline Rowson reading from one of her crime novels to the audience at Sandhurst Library I also read the prologue from one of my stand alone thriller crime novels, In For The Kill.  The audience were then invited to grill me about my crime writing, which they did.

Questions covered included: how do I choose names for my characters?  How do I come up with a title for my crime novels? What inspired me to become a writer and more.

After this and over the splendid and sumptuous tea I signed plenty of books for the avid group of readers.

Sandhurst Library proved just how valuable libraries are in our communities.  It, like many other libraries around the UK, (which are sadly under threat because of government cutbacks) has a wide range of users of all ages, vibrant children's groups, many reading groups, creative and social clubs and free access to a wonderful wealth of reading and research material.

Libraries are the gateway to the future for many people including myself.  I owe a debt of gratitude to a small local library in Portsmouth which opened up for me an amazing world of books rich with information which in turn fuelled my imagination and created in me a desire to become an author. My thanks to them and to all library staff and volunteers for their work in libraries.  And my thanks to Helen Snow and the volunteers and audience at Sandhurst Library for making my final talk of 2013 such a memorable one.

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DECEMBER 6TH, 2013 @ 7:00:32 GMT

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