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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). 

I find walking particularly excellent for thinking through the plots of my crime novels and for trying to work out those tricky bits that I sometimes just can't seem to get my head around. Often my characters, DI Andy Horton, Art Marvik and Inspector Alun Ryga, get into places and situations that at first I think - great, and then I haven't a clue how to extricate them! While walking I'll mull this over along with other aspects of the novel I'm working on and will return to the computer refreshed and ready to tackle that tricky bit.

There are many more reasons why walking is good for crime authors, or any author come to that, it's free, the fresh air is good for the complexion and it keeps you fit and healthy only there is always the danger that I could get so engrossed in thought that I might end up falling off a cliff.  My husband, Bob, though is there to see I don't. Getting out and about also enables me to meet and see many interesting people who can provide inspiration for characters, and even more ideas for stories.

Walking always provides me with inspiration for new crime novels. Locations spark ideas and I am, of course, always looking for a good place to put a body!

Pauline Rowson with DI Andy Horton novel A Killing CoastcAdventure, mystery and heroes have always fascinated and thrilled Pauline, that and her love of the sea has led her to create her exciting and gripping range of crime novels. 

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MAY 14TH, 2020 @ 5:18:31 UTC

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