Super-duper excited today as I have the fan-bloody-tastic Angela Marsons joining me to talk about her favourite books and authors. Angela is the author of the DI Kim Stone books and her latest, Dead Souls, has just recently hit the bookshelves. Angela doesn’t really need any introduction, so lets get straight on with it…
Which authors/books did you like to read as a child?
I absolutely loved reading the Enid Blyton books as a child. I couldn’t read them fast enough and was always thrilled at the sense of adventure and feeling like I was a member of the gang. I never wanted these books to end.
Were you good at English at school? Did you like it?
Yes, I loved English and always looked forward to the lessons. I once won an award for the correct use of commas. I was very proud of that at the time and for a few years after. In fact, I think I may still have my certificate somewhere. My English class was where I first discovered the power of words to paint a picture.
What genres do you like to read? Have they had an impact on the genre you write?
I love to read crime procedurals and psychological thrillers. They have definitely impacted the genre I write although it took me many years to actually find the courage to try and write one. I was very intimidated by the level of planning and plotting required and didn’t feel I could do it. Ultimately I challenged myself to give it a try and expected to hit a wall half way. The result was Silent Scream.
If you were to write a different genre what would it be and why?
I think I’d try a bit of comedy. I like to include a bit of humour in my crime books to life the darkness as there is very little romance and occasionally I’ve had to pull myself back from putting too much humour in there. So, it would be nice to just pick a subject matter I could have some real fun with.
Did any author’s work encourage you to pick up your pen and write and if so who, what and why?
Absolutely. When I was twelve my English teacher asked if she could bring in some books that were above my reading age. I was thrilled. The books were by Andrea Newman and I could not put them down. The books ignited my fascination in the complexities of the mind and the psychology behind people’s behaviour.
Are there any authors who, as soon as they publish a new book, you have to get it?
There are a few but especially Renita D’Silva. I have discovered this lady’s writing through being a Bookouture author and her work is so different to everything else I read. She has the power to transport me to India with her sweeping tales of family drama and dynamics and her words have brought me to tears on more than one occasion.
Which books have you read that have made you think ’Wow, I wish I had written that’ and what was it about the book?
Disclosure by Michael Crichton. It was the only book that ever made me call in sick for work as I just could not put it down. Months later I re-read the book so I could understand how it had ensnared me so brilliantly. His skill for posing questions that simply have to be answered before you stop reading is simply jaw-dropping.
Have any of your plots/characters been influenced by real life events/people? (Be careful, I don’t want you getting sued!)
The plot for Silent Scream was definitely influenced by my childhood. I used to pass a Children’s home on my way to school and there was an air of mystery surrounding the kids that were placed there. The general consensus was that they had all done something bad but I just didn’t believe it. The feeling stayed with me and formed the storyline of my first crime book.
Angela’s latest DI Kim Stone book Dead Souls is out now!
About Angela Marsons
Angela Marsons is the author of the Amazon Bestselling DI Kim Stone series – Silent Scream, Evil Games, Lost Girls, Play Dead, Blood Lines and Dead Souls and her books have sold more than 2 million in 2 years.
She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their cheeky Golden Retriever and a swearing parrot.
She first discovered her love of writing at Junior School when actual lessons came second to watching other people and quietly making up her own stories about them. Her report card invariably read “Angela would do well if she minded her own business as well as she minds other people’s”.
After years of writing relationship based stories (The Forgotten Woman and Dear Mother) Angela turned to Crime, fictionally speaking of course, and developed a character that refused to go away.
She is signed to Bookouture.com for a total of 16 books in the Kim Stone series and her books have been translated into more than 20 languages.
Her last two books – Blood Lines and Dead Souls – reached the #1 spot on Amazon on pre-orders alone.
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