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Knock backs are inevitable in all walks of life whether an actor, artist or writer, and personal tastes differ, thank goodness. It would be a very dull life if we all liked the same. Art is subjective and fiction is art. Yes, you hope you have crafted your story well and the grammar and spelling etc. are correct. An excellent editor can help point out the plot holes, and guide you if you have overwritten. He or she can correct grammar and punctuation, and help you to polish your novel so that when it is published it is the best you can make it.

But the most nerve wracking part of writing are the reviews.

Lord Eames and his family - change of name in the DI Andy Horton Mysteries!

OK so some of you are wondering why, having read the originally published DI Andy Horton crime novels, and now revisiting them in their new incarnation with Joffe Books as the Solent Murder Mysteries, that the Eames family name has changed. Or perhaps you haven't even noticed it, and new readers will be totally unaware of this switch. But for those of you who did a sort of double take here is why Lord Richard Eames, (not Andy Horton's favourite person) has changed his name and that of his family.

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QUESTION: When will all the DI Andy Horton Solent Murder Mysteries be available?

All fifteen of the DI Andy Horton crime novels (15) are being published on Kindle and in paperback this year (2022) by Joffe Books and they will all be available by the end of the year.

Why have you changed some of the location names in the DI Andy Horton Solent Murder Mystery novels when you set them in a real location?

Well not everyone is pleased to have a murder on their doorstep even though it is fictional one! And although there is a disclaimer in the front of each book that the characters are fictional and bear no resemblance to anyone living or dead, some editors have decided I should err on the side of caution and change the names of places (and characters) . So it was with the first DI Andy Horton when Gunwharf Quays (the real name) was replaced by me with Oyster Quays.The reason being that in the novel I mention a health club, along with certain characters associated with it and the editor of that book on learning that there was real health club at Gunwharf Quays got twitchy about me using the real location name. Hence the change.

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What authors and books have inspired you? And do you read your contempories novels?

I loved adventure and mystery novels when I was a child and a teenager and this love of crime fiction, thrillers and mystery novels has continued throughout my adulthood. In my teens I enjoyed the novels of Leslie Charteris featuring Simon Templar, The Saint, and those written by John Creasey featuring The Baron and Gideon to name only two of his characters. Creasey was a very prolific writer and also the author of Westerns which I went through a phase of reading, including those penned by Zane Grey, an author who locked together character and land so that they were indivisible something that perhaps also took root with me, locking my characters, DI Andy Horton; Art Marvik and Inspector Ryga in with the sea and the sea with my characters.

Without doubt the struggle for most writers is that of getting published. It took me eighteen long years before I achieved this. Along this journey I had countless rejections and false dawns. Even when I managed to get an agent she failed to get me a publisher and therefore quickly gave up on me. I have to admit though at that time I was still learning my craft and my novels weren't polished enough.

I ploughed on undaunted and hopeful. I learned my craft, perfected my style of writing, found my voice and homed in on my genre - the crime genre. Before this I had written some sagas and a suspense novel but it wasn't until I created DI Andy Horton that I finally hit on it.

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How I choose the names of my characters

Getting the right name for characters in my crime novels can be a tricky business. Sometimes they come to me completely out of the blue as I am creating a character, other times I will struggle to find the name that best suits that particular character and until I do the personality refuses to come fully alive.

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If you enjoy reading gripping, fast-paced crime novels full of twists and turns, compelling and multi-layered with great characters and stories that keep you guessing right to the end then Pauline Rowson's crime novels are right up your street. 

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