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May.26.2011
On Monday 20 June I will be presenting prizes to the winners of the Crime & Intrigue Short Story Competition on the Isle of Wight, organised by the Wight Fair Writers' Circle. I'll also be signing copies of my DI Andy Horton crime novels and my thrillers, alongside crime writing team Bob and...
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May.25.2011
It's not everyday I get invited to a publisher's party and when it happened to be my publisher, Severn House, how could I possibly refuse! Drinks with my publisher followed  the announcement of the shortlist for the CWA Dagger Awards at Crimefest on Friday 20 May.  Had a fantastic time and while...
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May.23.2011
I'm back from having a great time at Crimefest 2011 where I was delighted to meet fans of my DI Horton crime novels and my thrillers from the USA, Australia and the UK.  It was also a pleasure to meet up with my fellow crime writers and my publisher.  After arriving in Bristol at 7.15 am after...
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May.16.2011
Ideas for my crime novels, as I've said before, can come from anywhere: from an overheard conversation, from a story someone tells me, from a specific location, or from witnessing something such as the coastguard rescue.  Sometimes ideas come from a newspaper article and this news item popped up...
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May.09.2011
I'm delighted that my latest DI Andy Horton, Footsteps on the Shore, published in the UK in January and in the USA this month (May) has been given a star rated excellent review in America by top American reviewer Booklist who has compared it, and my writing, to best selling crime authors in the USA...
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May.05.2011
I'm delighted that major on line retailer The Book Depository has chosen to feature my crime and thriller novels in their Featured Crime and Thriller section on their web site under a special tab for them called Marine Mysteries, ( because they're set against the back drop of the sea on the South...
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May.03.2011
On Saturday 30 April I was delighted to announce the winner of the Young Crime Writers' Competition 2011 for the southern area at  an awards ceremony at Portsmouth Central Library, and present certificates to the shortlisted entrants from across the south. George Neame, (16) from Bognor Regis, West...
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Apr.28.2011
Next Tuesday, on 3 May, I will be on the Book Programme on PortsmouthLive TV talking to Sally Cronin about my DI Andy Horton crime novels, and the latest crime fiction books in the marine mystery series of police procedurals including Footsteps on the Shore, Blood on the Sand and Dead Man's Wharf...
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Apr.25.2011
On Saturday 30 April at Portsmouth Central Library (UK) I will be presenting certificates to the fifteen talented young crime writers from across the south, shortlisted in the CWA National Young Crime Writers’ Competition 2011 at an Awards Ceremony, where I will also announce which of them is to go...
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Apr.19.2011
It was a pleasure to meet some existing readers and introduce my crime novels to new readers at the Isle of Wight Arts Festival at Ventnor on Sunday, and what a gorgeous day it was too, wall-to-wall sunshine with people flocking to the little beach in the small bay. I was just glad that some...
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Apr.14.2011
There are advantages of setting crime novels, or any novel come to that, in a real place and that is being able to explore the area and draw inspiration from it, something that I do all the time with my thrillers and my DI Andy Horton crime novels, as my readers know. My crime novels are set...
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Apr.12.2011
There are a writers who write the same time every day come what may; others will write a certain number of words every day and say, 'when I've done my quota, I'll knock off writing.'  Me?  I have no routine and I don't count the number of words.  Some days the words will flow and I can spend up to...
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Apr.08.2011
I've started planning the next DI Andy Horton marine mystery crime novel, number eight in the series, which is set against the backdrop of the sea on the South Coast of England. How much planning is required when structuring a crime novel? The answer to that question varies with the author.  Some...
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Apr.05.2011
Last night I finished the final edits on the DI Andy Horton crime novel, number seven in the series set on the south coast of England against the backdrop of the sea.  I pressed the send button and it's whizzed its way to my editor and will pop into his e mail this morning.  Looking back at my...
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Apr.04.2011
In a week's time the London Book Fair will have kicked off, lasting for three days from 11 April to 13 April. I attend every year and this year I, and certainly others in the book business, hope that we will be volcanic ash free!  Last year the volcano over Iceland caused severe disruption to...
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