In February's newsletter, the writing is on the wall for DI Andy Horton; is there such a thing as writer's block? Do you write in sequence? Researching police procedure and Pauline's forthcoming talks.

DI Andy Horton Footsteps on the Shore relaunched ebook and Kindle

Footsteps on the Shore - DI Andy Horton 6 by Pauline RowsonThe DI Andy Horton crime novel FOOTSTEPS ON THE SHORE, hailed as a detective novel in the tradition of Ian Rankin and John Harvey, has been re-launched in e book format and on Kindle and Kobo.

Footsteps on the Shore is number six in the Inspector Andy Horton crime series of currently fourteen with Dead Passage the latest Horton mystery being published in paperback and as an e book in October 2018.

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On location with DI Andy Horton in FOOTSTEPS ON THE SHORE

Portchester Castle in DI Andy Horton Footsteps on the ShoreLocations inspire me and so it was with FOOTSTEPS ON THE SHORE. This time my inspiration came from a Roman castle at Portchester, at the north end of Portsmouth Harbour, the best preserved Roman fort north of the Alps! Other locations used in this novel are the Hayling Coastal Path and the Hard at Portsmouth Harbour.

The writing is on the wall for DI Andy Horton

DI Andy Horton crimes novels set in PortsmouthLook at this amazing graffiti wall created by artist, Emma Paxton, at the Creative Portsmouth event where I was a keynote speaker. 

Throughout the morning event artist, Emma Paxton of Imagistic, drew the graffiti wall and cultural skyline, making sure that the locations of the  DI Andy Horton novels formed part of it.

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Is there such a thing as writer's block?

Crime author Pauline RowsonAccording to Wikipedia writer's block is 'a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work, or experiences a creative slowdown. The condition ranges from difficulty in coming up with original ideas to being unable to produce a work for years.'

I've no doubt that many writers have suffered from this kind of creative constipation and I have been asked at my talks if I indeed have ever experienced the condition. At present, with nineteen published crime novels to my name, another to be published in 2019, the next DI Andy Horton 15 written, and the fourth Art Marvik mystery penned, the answer is 'no' I am pleased to report. (Although who can say what the future might bring?)

There are however times when I'm not sure how to develop a character or plot and therefore grind to a halt. When this happens there are three techniques I employ.

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Have you tried the Art Marvik mystery thrillers?

About Art Marvik, undercover investigator for the National Intelligence Marine Squad

I like heroes and I’m a sucker for adventure stories, thrillers and mysteries which is why I created my enigmatic detective DI Andy Horton who currently appears in 14 novels. But I also had a hankering to create a new character for a new series, someone who was not bound by the official rules of the law, but who was nevertheless on the right side of it. The series also had to have all the hallmarks of my brand – a troubled hero, the sea, boats, interesting and diverse characters and lots of action. So already the stage was set for Art Marvik.

Do you write in sequence?

Crime author Pauline Rowson talking about her crime novelsAt a recent talk I was asked an interesting question - do I always write in sequence – or should that be sequentially?

My answer was in the main, yes, but there comes a point when I might start jumping about!

I start at chapter one and crack on with the first draft, having very little idea at that stage where I am going and no idea who done it, why and how. I plot as I write allowing the characters to spring up, form, develop and spark more ideas. That isn’t to say I start with a completely blank sheet. I have a location and usually a victim, not necessarily a dead one, it could be a missing one.

Researching police procedure and crime scenes for crime novels

Dead Passage an Inspector Andy Horton crime novel by Pauline RowsonI'm often asked how I research my crime novels and in particular the police procedure and crime scene investigation side of things. I'm not married to a police officer or a former police officer so I didn't start off with any inside knowledge. I am married to a retired fire fighter though so when it comes to fires, burnt bodies and serious traffic and other incidents which fire fighters attend, I have a wealth of information to draw on which can be incorporated into a crime novel. Indeed I have done so.

So where do I get the police procedural information from and how can writers obtain this kind of information?

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12 March 2019  Hamble Valley U3A

Pauline will be talking about The Secrets of Successful Crime Writing to members of  Hamble Valley U3A.

25 April 2019 Andover Library, Hampshire 2pm

Pauline will be talking about the inspiration behind her popular crime novels and how she researches, plots and writes them. Tickets from Andover Library, The Chantry Centre, 53 Chantry St, Andover  SP10 1LT. Telephone: 0300 555 1387

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