ANGELA MARSONS: SILENT SCREAM HAS PERFORMED BEYOND MY WILDEST EXPECTATIONS
Posted by Ognian Georgiev
Angela Marsons is a pure example how persistence sooner or later brings out the results. She had some tough times sending her novel Silent Scream to different publishers before finally teamed up with Bookouture. The great story found many fans and entered in prestigious Amazon Top 10 ranks. Currently the novel has average 4.5 Amazon stars from 259 reviews after being published in February.
We are happy to welcome at Land of Books our next guest lady Angela Marsons.
– Angela, What is your latest release Silent Scream about?
– Silent Scream follows Detective Inspector Kim Stone as she tries to solve a string of murders in the present while uncovering dark secrets from the past.
– How did you decide to write the story?
– The story focuses on the staff and former occupants of an old Children’s home. When I was in my teens I would pass a Children’s home on the bus and found myself curious about the children who lived there. The character of Kim Stone has been rattling around in my head for years.
– What was the biggest challenge during the write up process?
– The biggest challenge for me is tempering the research I’ve gathered with what is actually needed for the story. Learning about new things, especially Forensics, excites me and I tend to want to share everything I’ve learned with the reader.
– Tell us something more about your main character Kim Stone? Is she 100% fiction or it’s close to someone from your real life?
– She is completely fictional but she is the person I would want in my corner if I was ever in trouble.
– How much time you need to finish the story and to publish it?
– The first draft was written during the time I was working with a Literary Agent. We parted company and then I was lucky enough to be signed by Bookouture. So the whole process probably took around eighteen months.
– What was your reaction when you saw Silent Scream in Kindle Amazon Top 10?
– Oh where do I start? I was overwhelmed with the response Silent Scream received from bloggers, reviewers and readers. It took me a while to believe it was there and was convinced it was some kind of Amazon mistake. I took lots of screen shots anyway.
– Give us some insight about your other books The Middle Child and My Name Is?
– These are my earlier works before I turned to crime, so to speak. There are more in the depths of the computer but these two books are very personal to me. My Name Is was the first novel I ever completed and focuses on the friendship of two very different women forged by their addiction to alcohol. The Middle Child is a story of the long-lasting effects of abuse for three sisters.
– Who are you?
– I am a woman who loves to make up stories while sitting at my dining room table. I am an animal lover who detests cruelty in any form. I am addicted to coffee and my most treasured possession is my Tassimo machine.
– What are your writing habits?
– I enjoy rising early and writing while the world around me is still sleeping. As the day comes alive I catch up with necessary activities and then often return to writing when the day starts to close.
– Are you satisfied by the sales of your books?
– Oh yes. Silent Scream has performed beyond my wildest expectations. But I am even more thrilled by the number of personal messages I’ve received from people who have felt a connection to either the story or one of the characters. Those messages are truly priceless.
– Would you share your plans for your next novel?
– The next novel in the Kim Stone series is called Evil Games and will be released at the end of May. The story follows Kim as she enters a cat and mouse game with a female sociopath who is using her psychiatric patients for research.
– What are you doing to promote by the best possible way your book?
– My publisher is doing a great deal of work to promote my books. I enjoy tweeting and posting on Facebook and my website is receiving quite a few visitors. I am still overjoyed when people contact me asking me over for interview. It is now a favourite part of my job.
– How tough is to find a literary agent?
– I no longer have a literary agent as I am lucky enough to be able to communicate directly with my publisher, but I spent many years trying. It is so difficult to snag interest from a Literary Agent due to the sheer volume of submissions they receive and rejection does not mean failure. Silent Scream was rejected many times before it was accepted.
– What was your job before starting to write?
– I have worked within the security industry for many years. My most recent job was as a Control Room Supervisor and it has only been recently, within the last week, that I have been lucky enough to devote myself to writing full time.
– Ask yourself a question (And don’t forget to answer!)
– Is there anything you would change about your journey so far? There is nothing I would change. I have been writing and submitting for twenty years and some of those years have been filled with rejection and doubt. But every rejection has inspired me to try harder and write better. So, although hard to take at the time I don’t think I would change a thing.