In March's newsletter, what makes a successful crime series; links to videos from the Creative Portsmouth event where Pauline Rowson was a keynote speaker; her forthcoming talks at Hampshire libraries, secret doors, hidden rooms and ten ghosts, and a picture of Pauline as you've never seen her before.
A flawed and rugged hero cop, a strong cast of diverse characters set them against the ever changing sea of the Solent on the South Coast of England, mix with mystery and toss in a dead body or two and you have the the perfect recipe for an entertaining crime series - the DI Andy Horton marine mystery crime novels.
Women readers often tell me they are in love with DI Andy Horton (join the queue) and men like him because he's an action guy - he's fit, fearless and forty. Rugged and flawed Andy Horton is a maverick cop who is tough on villains and prepared to take risks in his search for justice. He's been raised in children's homes after his mother abandoned him as a child. He has a desperate need to belong and yet is always on the outside. Being alone is his greatest fear, yet he is alone.
Watch the videos of Pauline Rowson talking about DI Andy Horton and the locations featured in her crime novels
Pauline Rowson talks about her fictional copper, the Portsmouth based detective DI Andy Horton currently featured in 14 crime novels set against the backdrop of the sea.
In this video, taken from Pauline Rowson's keynote speech at the Creative Portsmouth event, she is talking about the locations featured in the DI Andy Horton series of crime novels (14) and why she sets her crime novels in and around Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight and the Solent. The video was shot by Nick Masson.
I'll be meeting readers and giving a talk about my crime novels at three Hampshire Libraries in April, May and June this year.
I will be at Andover Library on Thursday 25 April, Fareham Library on Friday 17 May and at Totton Library, Southampton on Thursday 20 June at 2pm. I will be talking about the secrets of successful crime writing, explaining how I plot, research and write my crime novels set on the South Coast of England.
Is this the next setting for a DI Andy Horton crime novel? Or perhaps a totally new one. Contemporary or historical crime? There was plenty of material for me when I went on location research at the small, unique Georgian Theatre in Portsmouth, Groundlings Theatre. I was treated to a tour of it by Richard Stride, artistic director and owner.
Groundlings Theatre is a Grade II * historic listed building built in 1784 in the waterfront city of Portsmouth. It is a truly atmospheric place with secret doors, hidden rooms and ten ghosts! And along with the ghosts it still has a lot of the original features such as original floorboards and fire places. It was founded by philanthropic patrons, John Shakespeare (very apt) and 5 merchants, with the aim of educating the poor (boys) downstairs, in the Beneficial School, while upstairs was used by high society for meetings, concerts and theatre.
Queen Victoria attended performances here before sailing across the Solent to her Isle of Wight holiday home at Osborn House. I hope she was amused.
Charles Dickens was almost born here. In 1812, Elizabeth Dickens went into labour with Charles Dickens whilst attending a dance in the building. Perhaps it was all that whirling about that broke her waters. She managed to reach her home in Old Commercial Road where the baby was born. Could the influence of this tiny theatre have seeped through to the unborn child to help him become a great literary figure?
No, not this picture, you've seen ones like this before, you'll have to read on and scroll down to find out what I mean, but here's the background to it.
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
17 May 2019 Fareham Library, Hampshire 2pm
20 June 2019 Totton Library, Southampton 2pm
Pauline will be talking about the inspiration behind her popular crime novels and how she researches, plots and writes them. Tickets from, Totton Library, Library Rd, Totton,Southampton SO40 3RS Telephone: 0300 555 1387
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