Angela Marsons lives in the Black Country with her partner, their bouncy Labrador and a swearing parrot.
After years of writing relationship based stories (My Name Is and The Middle Child) Angela turned to Crime, fictionally speaking of course, and developed a character that refused to go away.
She is signed to Bookouture.com in an 8 book deal. The first book in the Kim Stone series, Silent Scream, was released in February. The second instalment Evil Games was released 29th May 2015.
1.What got you into writing / what made you sit down and actually start something? When I was about 9 years old my teacher asked the class to write about a recent holiday. Unfortunately my family was not very well off and we hadn’t been on holiday. I decided instead to write about the relationship between the rocks and the sea. I actually got an A+ and a merit point (the only merit point I ever got).
2.What is a usual writing day like for you, how is it structured? My absolute favourite writing day is to get up very early and get to my dining table and let the world wake up around me. There is something incredibly renewing about writing while the sun comes up. I will then write until around lunchtime when I connect with the real world and allow ‘normal life’ to intrude. Normally I will return to the dining table later in the evening to write as the sun goes down.
3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it? For me writer’s block has always been the result of something not being right. There are times when I hit a wall but there is normally a reason for it like I’ve fallen out of love with the original idea or that the characters aren’t working. I test myself by having a couple of days away and if I’m desperate to return with new ideas I do but if not then I move on to something else. I keep everything, though as you never know what might prove useful as a side plot in another book.
4.Are you a plotter or panster when it comes to writing a story? I like to start off with a general idea of where I’m going but I don’t like to plan too much. I planned a book once right up to chapter 90 but four chapters in I was bored to tears. I like to leave room for the plot to grow organically and for new ideas and storylines to interrupt.
5.Are you traditionally or self-published, and what was the publishing process like for you? Any advice to aspiring authors? I am published through the young and dynamic Bookouture.com. They publish primarily online with print to order option for paperbacks. Both of my published works Silent Scream and Evil Games are also available in audio version. For me the publishing process with Bookouture has been a dream come true. Luckily they loved Kim Stone and the stories as much as I did. To aspiring authors I would say trust your gut when it comes to making changes. It’s good to consider all advice offered but trust your own instinct the most. You know the book better than anyone.
6.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author? For me the highlight has been receiving the messages from readers and discovering what the books have meant to them. I have been blamed for ignored housework, hungry children and neglected partners. But one of my proudest moments was a message from a lovely lady who had been kept company by Kim Stone during a day of Chemotherapy. That was a moment I’ll never forget.
7.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us? And any other books of yours, if you wish. Evil Games is the most recent book and was published on 29th May. This is the second in the Kim Stone series and follows Kim as she enters into battle with a female sociopath who is using her psychiatric patients for experimental purposes.
8.What audience is your book targeted for, and what genre does it come under? My books fall under the Crime genre but my audience is so varied. I receive messages from both genders across all age groups.
9.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time? Reading, and yes I know you were probably expecting that. I do like to get out of the house and drive into the countryside. I treat my little Corsa like an off-roader and go searching for new and exciting landscapes. It hits my refresh button.
10.What tip would you give to new authors when trying to build a fan-base / get followers and market their books? (What to do and what not to do.) DO – Treat Social Networking for what it is, a community. Help other people and get involved. Follow bloggers and reviewers and share their tweets. Chat to other authors and build your profile as a person not just a writer.
DON’T – Use a twitter feed for one marketing post after another. It does no good in the long run. Followers just unfollow. And don’t be an egg. Pet pictures as profile photo’s can begin conversations.
11.How long on average does it take you to write a book? I write the first draft by hand with pencils and A4 notepads. That part of the process takes a couple of months (not including research) but the whole process takes around 6 months.