SERIAL crime writer Pauline Rowson celebrated World Book Day by revealing the secrets of her writing.
The author of the DI Andy Horton novels visited Gosport Discovery Centre to the delight of her fans.
She said: ‘I get asked a lot about how I go about writing my books so I thought I would show my process.’
Pauline explained how she gets her initial ideas for characters and plots from conversations that she overhears on public transport and places that she visits.
‘My husband and I enjoy walking, and whenever I go somewhere I often see places that would be good to put a body, then it goes from there,’ she said.
The series of 11 books is based in the Solent but she said she has come across some places that she had create a fictional name for.
‘I had written about a leisure club in Gunwharf Quays where I had a named character but my publishers pointed out that there could be a man with the same name there so it wasn’t wise to use it,’ said Pauline.
However she did say that as her books have been optioned by Lime Pictures to be turned into a television series she would like to see them filmed around the Solent.
‘I have been approached before about filming and was asked whether the location mattered, and when I said yes I never heard from the producer again.
‘This area is an international destination and so diverse which means it is important that it should be recognised.’
My husband and I enjoy walking, and whenever I go somewhere I often see places that would be good to put a body, then it goes from there,Pauline Rowson
The talk at Gosport Discovery Centre coincided with World Book Day.
She said: ‘Anything that gets people interested in reading is great because once people have found an author or a novel then it opens up whole new worlds for them.’
As a supporter of libraries she was pleased that she could meet the community in a place that is important to the area.
One fan at the event, Lesley Crowe from Gosport, said: ‘I came because I have read all the books and I love them.
‘It is great to read about places that I know and I can imagine.’