Today, I’m thrilled to be opening the Silent Scream blog tour for the absolutely wonderful Angela Marsons. I’m lucky to have a fab guest post from the lovely lady herself so read on to find out more.
About the book:
Even the darkest secrets can’t stay buried forever…
Five figures gather round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood …
Years later, a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders which shock the Black Country.
But when human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed. D.I. Kim Stone fast realises she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades.
As the body count rises, Kim needs to stop the murderer before they strike again. But to catch the killer, can Kim confront the demons of her own past before it’s too late?
About the author:
Angela Marsons is the author of Amazon #1 Bestseller SILENT SCREAM.
She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their bouncy Labrador 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 (My Name Is and The Middle Child) Angela turned to Crime, fictionally speaking of course, and developed a character that refused to go away.
Silent Scream – From Conception to Birth
Silent Scream is the book I thought I could never write.
I began writing as a child after discovering a love of words and the power of painting a picture without a paintbrush. I loved reading but I wanted to make up those stories that caused people to laugh, cry, feel.
My first novels were character driven stories that burned inside me and focussed on complex relationships and internal battles.
Crime stories had always been my reading book of choice but I never thought I could write a crime book. The very idea of the plotting and planning required reduced me to a quivering mess.
While I was writing my earlier books a voice began to sound in my head of a character that was quite brusque and rude but passionate and driven. I liked the sound of this character but felt that other people may not.
I read lots of ‘how to’ writing books and a few ‘how to’ get published books and tried to follow every instruction. Rejection after rejection landed on my doormat until I could take the sympathetic look of the postman no more.
Finally, I decided to write the book I wanted to write. I allowed this stubborn, unsociable voice in my head to take control of the pencil and I began work on a crime novel.
As a child I remembered being intrigued by a local Children’s Home. The general consensus around school was that the occupants of the facility were all there because they had done something bad. I never quite believed that and often found myself wondering about the circumstances that would have led to young children and teenagers being separated from their families.
This was the subject I decided to explore in Silent Scream.
As I began the process of writing the story I had planned very little and fully expected to hit a wall around 20,000 words. The aim was to prove to myself that I had at least tried. All I knew was that I wanted to give this errant character a voice and to base the story in my own area of the Black Country. As it was a book I was writing just for me I felt I had the freedom to do exactly that.
I set off on the journey with a loose beginning, a vague middle and a dodgy end. I had no worries about the end as I never truly thought I would make it that far.
It was around the 20,000 word point that my pencil just developed a life of its own. The story became clear in my mind, the characters began to jump out at me and I couldn’t stop scribbling. I would rise early every morning to get a couple of hours in before going to work and then I would head straight back to it once I returned home.
A month later I looked up from my dining table to find that I actually had a first draft of a crime novel.
I learned a lot on that journey but nothing more so than the fact that I finally knew the type of books I wanted to write.
Huge thanks to Angela for joining me today! 🙂