Pauline Rowson lives on the south coast of Hampshire and can never be far from the sea without suffering withdrawal symptoms, which is probably why her novels are Marine Mysteries.
Pauline’s story in a little unusual. For eleven years she ran her own successful marketing and PR Agency and it was whilst running this that she decided to establish a publishing division. 1998 saw the release of Pauline’s first title, Telemarketing, Cold Calling & Appointment Making, which became an instant success, and led to the creation of a brand called the Easy Step by Step Guides. Pauline wrote and released two further marketing titles before taking on other authors. Her foray into the publishing world enabled her to learn about the mysterious art of bookselling. She built the list up to twenty-two management, marketing and communication titles, exhibited at the London and Frankfurt Book Fairs, and learnt how to sell translation rights. In 2008 she sold the list to Crimson Publishing, who then commissioned Pauline to revise and write a further three titles: Successful Selling, Successful Customer Service and Successful Marketing.
During all this time, Pauline continued with her first love, that of crime fiction writing, and in 2006, after encouragement from her then agent, Pauline decided to go it alone – again. She didn’t see any sense in giving control over her crime mystery novels to another publisher only for them to disappear into the backlist without a murmur, so, unless a publisher came along who was willing to pay a handsome advance and back the titles with a major marketing budget, she decided to have a go herself. Fathom, an imprint of Rowmark, was born and the Marine Mysteries launched. Enquiries almost instantly came from both television and film producers at the London Book Fair; a 3 for 2 promotion on Tide of Death was secured in Waterstones and a high number of orders for the book placed by libraries across the UK prompted the head buyer of major library book supplier to contact Pauline to find out more about this strange self-published crime writer who was taking the libraries by storm. As a result he recommended Pauline to publisher Severn House who immediately snapped up Pauline’s next two crime novels featuring her flawed and rugged DI Andy Horton.
Since then Pauline has written nine in the DI Andy Horton series all of which are published by Severn House in the UK, Commonwealth and the USA and are available in various formats: hardcover, paperback, e books and unabridged audio books. China bought the rights to the series in 2013 and translation rights to several in the series, and Pauline’s two stand-alone thrillers, In Cold Daylight and In For The Kill, have been translated into Turkish, Indonesian and Polish. Interest in the DI Andy Horton series continues from television and readers might one day see the rugged detective, and the Solent area on the South Coast of England where the novels are set, on the small screen.
Pauline tops up her royalties from giving talks about her crime writing to various groups and libraries around the UK. When she is not writing she spends time thinking through her plots whilst knitting, walking or sailing (though not all at the same time). And yes, she does have a very patient and long–suffering husband.
In addition to writing crime novels, Pauline has written several marketing and motivational books.
Titles: Tide of Death (Fathom), Deadly Waters, The Suffocating Sea, Dead Man’s Wharf, Blood on The Sand, Footsteps on The Shore, A Killing Coast, Death Lies Beneath, Undercurrent; Stand alone thrillers: In Cold Daylight, In For The Kill, (Severn House) To come: Death Surge September 2013
Suicide, or murder? When Detective Inspector Horton’s bosses block his investigation, he starts to suspect there’s been a cover-up at the highest level …When naval historian Dr Douglas Spalding is found dead in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, the Major Crime Team is adamant it is suicide. When another body is found in similar circumstances Horton is convinced they’re looking at murder; but not so his bosses. The deaths have all the hallmarks of a cover-up at the highest level, but who is behind it and why? As Horton gets closer to the truth and uncovers a personal twist, someone is determined to stop him from finding the killer …