What's on in July 2021
In July the BIG news is that I am to give my first LIVE face-to-face talk on 27 July 2021 (fingers and everything crossed), and I hope I don't end up talking to myself! My talk on crime writing and my crime novels will be to members of Portsmouth U3A so I will also be on DI Andy's home patch! It will be great to interact with people again on a group basis and I am sure that members of the U3A and all of us will be glad to resume some semblance of our lives pre-Covid. I hope this is the first of many future talks for me.
Anyone wishing to book me as a speaker can contact me via the contact form on my website or reply to me here.
Writing and research
Aside from my talk on 27 July, I will be continuing my research and writing of the first draft of Inspector Ryga 1950s set mystery number 4, set in Greatstone-on-Sea, Hythe and the stark, atmospheric coastline of Dungeness, when the scenery looked much the same as today but the way of life was very different. It certainly wasn't a tourist destination then and the wooden shacks and railway carriages were inhabited by people who in the main resided there permanently, mainly fishermen as opposed to holiday homes now. I'm currently writing the first draft.
DI Andy Horton crime novelI'm also looking forward to getting back to DI Andy Horton number sixteen, yes I have written it. I just need to do final revisions and although I am itching to get back to Andy I am urging myself to be patient as I have set myself the goal of doing this by the end of August when I will have finished the first draft of Inspector Ryga number four.
I've uploaded some new videos on my You Tube Channel and my website. Here are links to some of them from the audio book version of DEATH IN THE COVE and DEATH IN THE HARBOUR.
I've also launch a new Podcast Channel
I've launched a podcast channel which combines episodes on writing crime fiction, the background to my crime novels, characters and plots, and extracts from my crime, mystery thrillers. The first episode is on writing first drafts and revisions, the second on researching the crime novel and the third on ideas and inspiration. I will be posting links to them on my website and will include episode links in my monthly newsletter but you can also subscribe to them, if you wish, on Podomatic Spotify and Google Podcasts
And here's an article on one of my other crime fictional heroes
I like heroes and as I’m a sucker for adventure stories and mystery there was no doubt that this was what my mystery thriller SILENT RUNNING the first in the Art Marvik series of four had to be. I wanted a character who was not bound by the official rules of the law, like DI Andy Horton, 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 what's Art Marvik's back story?
Every character has to have a back story. Marvik was sent to an elite and expensive boarding school at the age of eleven,very much against his will. He grew up feeling his parents - his mother a marine archaeologist and his father an oceanographer- loved their work more than they loved their son. After their sudden and tragic death in a diving accident off the Straits of Malacca, when Marvik was seventeen, he joins the marines and puts his parents, their life and their wealth behind him. Langton, the psychiatrist, who treated Marvik after a head injury sustained in combat, said he was running away from his emotions, maybe he was, but one day he would need to face up to them and that day is sooner than Marvik thinks.
His three undercover investigations for the UK Police National Intelligence Marine Squad - SILENT RUNNING (1), DANGEROUS CARGO (2) and LOST VOYAGE (3) begin to reveal there was more to his parents' deaths than a diving accident. In DEAD SEA (4) Marvik discovers the truth.
Puzzled and disturbed, Marvik is left cursing his reluctance to ask his former Royal Marine colleague, intelligence and cyber expert, Shaun Strathen, to open the disk and reveal its contents when he first discovered it in the possession of murdered marine archaeologist, Sarah Redburn. Now its theft indicates that Sarah was killed because of its highly toxic contents.
Convinced it holds the key to the truth behind the deaths of his parents, Marvik, with Strathen’s aid, sets out to track down the thief. As they follow a trail of abduction and murder it soon becomes clear that the computer disk holds the key to a secret that a ruthless killer is determined must never be revealed.
All the Marvik mystery thrillers are available in paperback, as ebooks and on Amazon Kindle. The first two are also available as unabridged audio books narrated by Peter Noble.
It’s often said that you should write what you know, but I don't agree. I’ve never committed a murder, or been a police officer, and neither am I married to one. I’ve had no previous experience or knowledge of the law, except what I’ve read in crime novels, and I’ve never been to an autopsy, yet after many trials and tribulations I finally got the job as a crime writer. It’s my belief you should write what you are enthusiastic about, but you also need some additional qualities.
Questions, Suggestions, Reviews and Feedback
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Where to buy Pauline Rowson's books
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They can also be loaned from libraries in the UK, Commonwealth and the USA.
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