Author Interview with Angela Marsons

Today on Becca's Books, I'm absolutely delighted to be welcoming the one, the only ANGELA MARSONS onto the blog for an author interview. Angela is the author of bestselling Silent Scream which was, by the way, one of the very first crime thrillers that this old romantic read and utterly, utterly loved! No flowers, no hearts, no warm embraces, but a gripping, thrilling, exciting plot that had me on the edge of my seat! I'm super excited that Angela is here with me today, so I won't hang around, but rather get this interview started ASAP! 


B ~ Angela, let me begin by first congratulating you on the epic success of your debut novel Silent Scream. You've topped charts numerous times, have received over 800 5-star reviews on Amazon UK (five cupcakes from me!), and honestly, I think you've blown readers away. Did you ever, in your wildest dreams, think you'd do so well? 

A ~ Thank you so much, Becca. No, I absolutely did not expect this reaction to Silent Scream. The response has been mind-blowing. It still feels like a dream and in some ways it still hasn't sunk in. When I read things I can't correlate that it's about me or my book. It's like it's happening to someone else and I'm really, really pleased for them. The personal messages I get are absolutely overwhelming and I have been reduced to tears but you can't let Bookouture know that because I'm supposed to be this hardened crime writer. Oops! 

B ~ Personally, as an avid reader, I usually go for hearts and romance, but despite this, I absolutely LOVED Silent Scream. How does it feel to have a romance reader say they loved your book, despite it not being their usual genre? 

A ~ That feels amazing because to take someone on a journey they've not been on before and to be given the trust to do that is an incredible compliment. So, have you been turned to the dark side? 

B ~ Where did the idea for Silent Scream come from? Where do you find inspiration for your plot ideas? 

A ~ There was a Children's Home not far from where I lived and I always wondered about the kids that lived there. There was an air of mystery and secrecy to the place and all my friends thought that all the kids were there because they'd been bad in some way and I just didn't believe that was the case. It was a question that just stayed in my mind. 

B ~ Your heroine, D.I. Kim Stone, was such a bad-ass, no-nonsense woman who I respected instantly. What things did you really focus on when creating Kim? Were there any aspects of her character that you really wanted to get right?

A ~ Kim had been rattling around in my head for a very long time. I kept her quiet because I thought that for people to like her I would have to quieten her down or make her more likeable but in the end I just had to go with what I felt. Surprisingly I don't mind that some people don't like her or get her because in my head she is contentious so I know I'm being true to myself. I wanted to make sure that although rude, obstinate, occasionally obnoxious and severely lacking in social skills she still has a heart in there somewhere. 

Oooh, you're getting some real honest answers out of me here, Becca! 

B ~ How much of yourself would you say went into the creation of Kim Stone? Are there any similarities between you? 

A ~ I think because I let her ferment in my head for so long when she came out she was fully cooked and I seemed to know instantly what she would do in any given situation. In Silent Scream there is a scene where she climbs the fence into the old Children's Home. That was never my plan but when I got to that chapter I just knew that's what she would do. I can be quite direct. My previous job was in security management so you have to be able to hold your own in that environment.

B ~ Silent Scream was quite a grizzly, dark, and at times disturbing story. Were you comfortable writing it? Were there any scenes you felt uncomfortable writing? 

A ~ Not so much uncomfortable as I tried to make sure there was nothing gratuitous or sensationalised because that's not the kind of writer I want to be. I prefer to hint at the horror of an episode rather than describe it in detail. I think the hardest scenes to write were the flashbacks to the experiences of the girls in the home because I wanted to jump into the story, take the girls out and protect them. 

B ~ How did you want readers to feel whilst reading Silent Scream? Were there any particular emotions that you wanted to evoke from your readers? 

A ~ Wow, great question! I think one of the things I wanted to get across was that people really can overcome the challenges that befall them. Despite her childhood Kim has managed to become a productive, passionate member of society. It was also important to me to represent the character of Lucy as a brave, spirited young lady whose courage had overcome her physical limitations. 

B ~ I've read on your author bio that you first wrote relationship based stories. What made you want to eventually turn to the crime/thriller genre? 

A ~ My two earlier works were subjects I was just compelled to explore but I've always been a crime/thriller reader. I always thought that I couldn't master the complexities of the pacing and clues and twists but it was the only environment that a character like Kim could work so I just decided it was time to have a go and I absolutely loved it. 

B ~ How much research went into Silent Scream, Angela? And what particular parts needed more research than others? 

A ~ A great deal of research went into Silent Scream to make sure things like the motorcycle restoration bits were accurate. The forensic detail was gripping to research and I can't wait to do more of that. I did spend quite some time researching Muscular Dystrophy as I wanted to make sure I treated the subject with respect. 

B ~ On a more personal note, can you remember exactly where you were when you received the call from Bookouture about your book deal? How did you feel once you'd heard the news? 

A ~ Oh yes, I was at home getting ready for a 12 hour night shift as a control room supervisor. I'm pretty sure the guys I was supervising could have got away with murder that night and I wouldn't have noticed. I remember being absolutely flabbergasted by their passion for Kim Stone and her story. Finally, someone felt the same way as I did. I had this stupid, gormless smile on my face and it hasn't gone away since. It's such a cliché to talk about dreams coming true but clichés are clichés for a reason.

B ~ Are there any obstacles that you had to face during the creation of Silent Scream? Anything that you found particularly difficult? 

A ~ When I was writing the first draft of Silent Scream I was working long hours as a Security Manager and would get up at 5am to get a couple of hours in before work and then back to it as soon as I got home. I just couldn't stop and was so resentful of the hours spent away from it. 

B ~ I know that your partner supports you amazingly. How did you celebrate Silent Scream's publication day? 

A ~ There is a place that we go that is very special to us. Over the years it has seen all of our problems, challenges, disappointments and losses, and we've always come away feeling just a little bit better about things. On publication day we went there to take some good news. Later we had a hilarious twitter party and there was a bottle of champagne. 

B ~ Does your partner help a lot during the writing process? 

A ~ I can't even begin to explain how much. My efforts to share my work stretch back twenty years and she has been there for every minor triumph but more importantly for every major disappointment. When the postman is weighed down with letters of resignation it is difficult to keep heart. But she never lost faith and wouldn't allow me to give up. During the process she is my muse, my sounding board and my most fierce critic but always a tremendous support. 

B ~ What, in your opinion, is the perfect writing accompaniment? Tea, coffee, cake? 

A ~ Has to be coffee for me. I write very close to the Tassimo machine. I've had many late nights with a Latte Macchiato. 

B ~ If you were to write in a genre that you've never attempted before, which genre would you choose and why? 

A ~ I would love to try my hand at Horror. My partner is an avid reader of gruesome tales and I would love to see if I could scare her. But I think it would be hard now to detach me from the crime/thriller genre. 

B ~ I know you've had a TON of exceptional reviews for Silent Scream, but how do you cope with any negative reviews? Do you find it hard? 

A ~ I did at first. I don't mind if people don't like the book or have constructive criticism but some reviews can come across as deliberately mean and hurtful while giving no explanation as to why they didn't like it. I don't let it bother me anymore. I accept that not everyone is going to like it and that's fine because I just concentrate on the people that do. 

B ~ The next book in Kim Stone's series is titled Evil Games. What have we got to look forward to in the next one? Will it be just as gripping? 

A ~ Evil Games sees Kim pitted against a female sociopath who is using her psychiatric patients for experimental purposes. It's a bit of a cat and mouse game but who is the cat and who is the mouse? 

B ~ Do you have any advice that you could offer to any aspiring writers out there? 

A ~ Never, ever stop writing. If you are submitting it can be so easy to feel defeated by rejection. But I'd say take your computer or notepad and pen and just keep writing. Never forget what drove you to do it in the first place. Just remember you are a writer whether you're published or not. 

B ~ Can you describe your perfect day to me, Angela? 

A ~ My perfect day would be to get up early and sit at my dining table with my notepads and pencils - that's how I write the first draft. After that I would bundle up my partner and my Kindle and drive into Wales. We would find a scenic spot where she could photograph to her heart's content and I could read a good book while drinking delicious coffee (you'll have noticed coffee figures a lot in my day). We would then drive home, order a takeaway and watch a couple of episodes of 'Real Housewives'. Note: I can come up with a more glamorous answer if you'd like!!

B ~ Any parting comments? 

A ~ Absolutely. One thing that has astounded me completely is the response from the bloggers and reviewers. I have found this community to be the most friendly and supportive group of people around. There are so many people that have taken Silent Scream and Kim Stone to their heart and for that I am truly grateful. Silent Scream would not have enjoyed the success it has without the power of this special group of people. 

B ~ Angela, thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions and for appearing on Becca's Books. I'll be eagerly awaiting Evil Games' release and I'm immensely looking forward to being reunited with the one and only Kim Stone. I truly hope your astonishing success continues!

A ~ Thank you for asking me such fabulous questions and I would like to acknowledge your own good news and success with Return To Bluebell Hill which I can't wait to read when it's published.

~ Author Bio ~

Angela discovered a love of writing at Primary School when a short piece on the rocks and the sea gained her the only merit point she ever got. Angela wrote the stories that burned inside and then stored them safely in a desk drawer. After much urging from her partner she began to enter short story competitions in Writer's News resulting in a win and three shortlisted entries. She used the Amazon KDP programme to publish two of her earlier works before concentrating on her true passion - Crime. After many, many submissions Angela was signed in a 4 book deal to Bookouture as their first crime author.

You can find Angela Marsons on Facebook | Twitter | angelamarsons-book.com

You can find Silent Scream on Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US | (Becca's Books' review)
You can find Evil Games on Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US





  

        



10 comments :

  1. What a brilliant interview Becca! I'm still not over how much I loved Silent Scream and, like you, I'm not usually a big thriller reader. Angela is great, her answers are so honest and open it's just made me love her more!! Can't wait for Evil Games!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and having a read, Laura! Silent Scream was SUCH a fantastically gripping read, and I can't WAIT for Evil Games, either! Angela is such a lovely, honest author, and I loved her answers for my questions! B x

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  2. BrIlliant interview. Enjoyed reading.Some great questions and great answers. Well done Becca

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    1. Thank you so much, Julie! I'm chuffed that you stopped by and had a read! I enjoyed this one so much, so I'm super happy that you did too! B x

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  3. What a great interview Becca, I loved Silent Scream and am eagerly awaiting Evil Games, Angela has always come across as such a lovely person on twitter and your interview builds on this, someone who has followed her dream and is now starting to see it become a reality. Thanks for taking the time and sharing this with us all, it will soon be your turn to be asked the questions!! 😊

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    1. Wahoo! Thank you so much, Dawn! And thank you also for stopping by Becca's Books and having a read. This was such a FAB interview, and I loved Angela's answers to my questions.

      Angela truly is one of my major inspirations in the writerly world. She's done so well, and I really couldn't be more happy for her. Evil Games will no doubt be just as epic, perhaps more, than Silent Scream and I'm so looking forward to being reunited with Kim Stone!

      (EEEEK about it being my turn soon, though!!!)

      B xxx

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  4. Just wanted to stop by and thank you Becca for giving me the opportunity to visit and answer your fabulous questions. You really got some honest answers from me!! Great to see some of my fabulous twitter friends have popped over for a read and left some lovely comments. And Becca you have all this fantastic support and enthusiasm to come. Whoop Whoop xxx

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  5. Well done both of you on this fantastic interview, I can't wait for Evil Games. xx

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  6. Loved ur interview i loved silent scream and cant wait for evil games to find out whats next for Kim.
    I love angela and julie think they are lovely and well done Becca on a fab interview

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  7. I loved Silent Scream, can't wait for the next one!

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