Today I am delighted to welcome author Angela Marsons to my blog. Today her new book Evil Games is released on sale which is the second in the fantastic DI Kim Stone series. 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 short listed entries.
She used the Amazon KDP program 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 http://bookouture.comas their first crime author.
Her first book SILENT SCREAM was published in February 2015.
Welcome Angela, many thanks for joining me today on my blog. To start off I would like to ask you, when you were writing Silent Scream the first in the D.I Kim Stone series, did you have any inkling how big a hit she was going to be?
Thank you for having me. No I had no idea how popular she would be. She has been in my head for quite some time and I resisted giving her control of the pencil as I knew she would not be the most likeable main character. Over time her character just became stronger and louder so I knew I had to finally give her a voice. I understand that not everyone likes her but in a strange way that’s fine because it means she’s real. I would hate for people to have no opinion on her at all.
Kim Stone has got a lot of issues due to her childhood. It seems to be quite a common trait that the main character in detective stories tend to be damaged in some way or have some sort of issues, do you think this is vital in making a good detective series?
I don’t think it’s vital to making a good detective series. With Kim her attitude came first. Her voice and her need for isolation was so strong in my head I knew her back story would need to have been wholly instrumental in making her into the person who was dying to come out.
In Evil Games, the second in the series, Kim Stone comes up against Dr Alex Thorne. Dr Alex Thorne is a fabulous character. We don’t tend to see many female baddies in books why do you think this is and why did you choose a female in this role instead of a male?
I chose a female for that very reason. The sociopathic personality doesn’t attach itself to any particular nationality, race or gender so there are just as many females as males but I just find the notion of a female sociopath more intriguing as it goes against every perception of the fairer sex. I thoroughly enjoyed researching the subject of sociopathy and feel like I could have written the book twice over.
Would you ever consider doing a spin off book featuring Dr Alex Thorne as she is very much a complex character? Reading quite a few reviews she seems to be quite a hit with the readers and I’m sure they, like me would love to see more of her.
I don’t think the story between Kim and Alex is finished yet. Despite Kim’s best efforts she was intrigued by Alex as well as repulsed and that is something I would like to explore further so I definitely foresee Alex’s return later in the series.
You have actually written 2 other books called The Middle Child and My Name Is, they are quite different to your latest 2 books. Which is your favourite style of genre to write and why?
Crime is definitely my favourite genre to write. My earlier books were stories that just burned in me to write even though I read crime and psychological books. The thing I love about writing crime is that I never know where the plot will take me. I start with a loose plan but as I write, new plot lines are born and that is very exciting. I know an idea is not working if nothing new is happening and I’m sticking too closely to my plan. Eventually the idea fizzles out by 20,000 words.
Was becoming a writer your childhood ambition or something that developed further down the line?
It has been my dream to earn my living as a writer for as long as I can remember but girls in my street learned to type and went to work at the local Steel Stockholders. Which is exactly what I did but I did write at the same time. As a child I would invent situations and then write down my feelings. I once decided to pretend I was adopted so I could explore the feelings of not belonging.
How easy/hard did you find getting your first book published?
It has been a very long and emotional journey which spanned more than 20 years. During that time there were many highs and lows. A particular high was meeting Keshini Naidoo who is my fabulous editor. It was at a point in my life that all hope had gone that Keshini sent Silent Scream to Bookouture. I dared not hope that they would be interested but luckily they love Kim Stone and her stories as much as I do.
Looking back over the books you’ve written so far is there anything about them you would go back and change if you could?
No, I don’t think I would change anything. Every book, even the ones that are still hiding in a drawer have been a learning experience. Each one was a story that I wanted to tell, researched and then finished. I like to think that I gained something from all of them.
Who is your favourite character out of your books so far and why?
Kim Stone has to be my favourite character so far. I think that’s because she has been in my head for such a long time, even before I wrote her first word. To me she is real as there are parts of her I like and parts I don’t. At times I respect her and other times I could kill her but she is great fun to write. I think Alexandra Thorne comes a close second.
Finally what are you currently working on at the moment and when can we look forward to seeing it published?
I am currently working on the third novel in the Kim Stone series which is due to be released later this year. Kim may have met her match in a male version of herself.
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