Happy New Year. Here we are in 2019 and it looks set to be another interesting year. I'll leave World affairs to other pundits, here I take a look ahead to what is planned on the crime writing front and with my crime novels and talks. A much safer bet I think! Two new crime audio books to be released, a brand new 1950 set crime novel to be launched, publication in the USA, talks and lots happening on the writing front.
DANGEROUS CARGO, the second in the Art Marvik mystery thriller series by Pauline Rowson has been published by Soundings as an unabridged audio book narrated by Peter Noble.
It is the second in the Marvik mystery series with SILENT RUNNING, the first, already available as an audio book. Both crime novels are also available in paperback, as an ebook and on Amazon Kindle and Kobo.
Crime author Pauline Rowson has been nominated for the prestigious CWA (Crime Writers' Association) Dagger in the Library Award voted for by librarians for a body of work by a crime writer that users of libraries particularly admire. Only librarians can nominate authors for the award. It is one of the most prestigious crime writing awards in the UK.
The Dagger in the Library is to reward authors who have been bringing pleasure to library users with their crime books for over 10 years.
In previous blogs on my website I have talked about the locations that inspired me for DEAD PASSAGE, number 14 in the DI Andy Horton series. These are Rat Island in Portsmouth Harbour, The Spur Redoubt, the Solent Forts and Lumps Fort, the latter now Southsea Rose Gardens.
In addition to locations the idea for DEAD PASSAGE also came when I was crossing on the Wightlink Ferry the St Clair from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight.
I'm often asked about my writing routine. Do I have one and if so what is it? How much time do I spend when writing?
Unless I am away from home on a speaking engagement, I try to write every day, usually for about three hours but this varies depending on the stage of the novel and whether I need to break off to conduct some research. Also if I need to stop writing to spend some time thinking and plotting.
Sometimes if the flow is going, or I am nearing the end of the novel, I can spend up to eight hours writing. Sitting at the computer for that length of time is not good for the back so yes I do take a break, but sometimes I think if it wasn't for my husband feeding me I'd forget to eat!
The idea for my standalone crime novel IN COLD DAYLIGHT came not this time from a location, which is usually where I get my ideas from, but from an overheard conversation. This particular conversation took place at the fire station where my husband, a fire fighter worked. He was at the time on Red Watch at Southsea in Portsmouth (now he is retired). It was after the shift had ended.
The watch were discussing the unusually high number of their colleagues who had sadly contracted cancer. Many believed the cancer was caused through exposure to hazardous chemicals in the line of duty but couldn't say which particular incident or series of incidents had triggered it. The cancers were mainly those of the throat, esophagus and ears, all areas left unprotected at that time by their headgear. In fact, my husband used to say that the only way he knew just hot the fire was, and therefore how it was progressing, was if his ears started to feel as if they were burning!
31 January 2019 Creative Portsmouth Collaborative Event
Pauline Rowson will be one of the keynote speakers at Creative Portsmouth Collaborative Event, Guildhall Studio (supported by Victorious Festival) Portsmouth Guildhall, PO1 2AB, Thursday 31st January 2019 8:30am to 1:00pm.
An interactive and informal morning, to celebrate the success of the creative industries in the city. Light breakfast will be available. Current speakers also include: Cllr Steve Pitt, Cabinet Member for Culture Leisure and Sport, Trevor Keeble, Dean of Creative and Cultural Industries at Portsmouth University, James Sharp, Director/ Film Maker at Sharp Film and Mark Graeme of I love dust. Tickets free.
Pauline Rowson talks about the writing, production and performance of her 1940 set murder mystery play, Murder at the Pelican Club. How it came into being, the story behind it and the most recent production.
More used to penning crime novels of approximately eighty five thousands (85,000) words it was something of a surprise when some years ago I was commissioned to write a murder mystery play to help celebrate Liverpool’s year as the City of Culture. I had never written a play before – unless you count the ones I used to scribe as a child and enlist all the local children in my area to perform in my parents’ garage for which adults were charged a fee to come and watch. So perhaps there has always been the budding playwright within me.
Pauline Rowson's books are available from all good booksellers in paperback, hardback, as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle, on Kobo and as unabridged audio books. They can also be loaned from libraries in the UK, Commonwealth and the USA.
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