When a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the death marks the beginning of a spate of gruesome murders that shock the Black Country.
But as 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 was born and raised in the Black Country and still lives there, along with her long-term partner, as well as a bouncy Labrador and a potty-mouthed African Grey parrot. Although she has been writing since her early teens, Silent Scream is her first novel.
An Interview with Angela Marsons...
Welcome to Crooks on Books Angela.
Hi Dawn, thank you for inviting me.
- Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I live in the heart of the black country with my partner Julie, our Labrador named Kizzy and our African Grey parrot called Nelson. I’ve spent most of my working life in the security industry and am currently a control room supervisor.
- How and why did you get into writing?
From a very young age I loved to play with words. I marveled at the power they had over me when I read a book. When I was in my early teens I wrote a short piece on the relationship between the coastline and the sea. My English teacher loved it and brought in some books that were above my reading level and which focused on the complexities of human relationships. After reading those books I realized that I wanted to create such stories and take the reader on a journey.
- If you wasn’t a writer what would your dream job be?
I think it would have to be some type of Counsellor. I love to listen to people and unravel their stories. I’m also very nosey and quite free with my advice.
- Describe a typical day in the life of Angela Marsons the author.
On a writing day I love to rise early and sit at the dining table writing while it’s still dark outside. As the day comes alive I join the rest of the world and succumb to Facebook and Twitter and emails. Normality inevitably intrudes and prompts me to cook and clean but I like to be back at my writing table as the world goes back to sleep.
- Do you read and write in the same genre?
Yes, I am an avid reader of Karin Slaughter, Val McDermid, Lynda La Plante. The list goes on.
- Tell us a little bit about about your current book Silent Scream.
Silent Scream is a crime novel set in the Black Country and centres on the brash, sometimes rude, Detective Inspector Kim Stone. While investigating a series of current murders she must uncover some secrets from the past.
- Silent Scream is not just about solving murders, both current and historical, it’s about child abuse, serious ill health , trust and the evolution of DI Kim Stone a character with a history that shows she is clearly not comfortable in her own skin. Where did you get your inspiration for this story-line?
I’ve always wanted to write about a character that was less than perfect. She is not always likeable but her integrity and passion for the underdog is always present. The story was inspired by a bus journey I would take as a teenager. The route passed by a local children’s home. I always found myself curious about the residents and the air of mystery that surrounded the facility.
- How much research into the locations and the psychology of the story lines was required to give realism to the novel?
Luckily I know the area very well as it is where I have always lived. The psychology of the storylines came from the image that I wanted to portray. I wanted to show Kim’s vulnerable side by giving her a bond with a girl who although is limited and challenged is a fighter. I wanted to demonstrate her humour by giving her a colleague with whom she could banter. I also wanted Kim to have an affinity with the victims so I chose girls to whose emotions she could easily relate.
- For me the story was compulsive and I developed an obsession of sorts, staying up half the night to read it. The story and characters stayed with me long after the end of the book. How easy was it for you to detach yourself once the book was finished?
I didn’t want to finish writing the story but I had to let it end. There was a period of mourning initially where I felt that I would never discover this story again. So, I did the only thing I could think of. I went ahead and got started on another.
- If Silent Scream was to be made into a film would you want to be on the casting couch and if so who would you put into the key roles?
Oh, I would love to be on the casting couch. If I had my way Kate Beckinsale would be cast as Kim Stone. I would choose Bradley Walsh to play Bryant.
- Is there a message for your readers in your book and what do you hope they take from them?
The only message I’d like a reader to take from the book is the fact that no-one is invisible. The victims from the children’s home had painful, tragic histories but they all had problems and feelings and deserved a voice.
- Describe the feeling when you held your first finished novel in your hands.
Pure unadulterated joy. Seeing and holding my thoughts as a real life book was probably the proudest moment of my life. It is a moment you dream of but the reality is so much more.
- Do all of your friends now expect free copies of your book and was having a novel published a bit like winning the lottery all your friends and acquaintances suddenly wanting to become your best friend?
No, luckily my friends and family all want to buy it which is good because I don’t think I can let any of my printed copies go. It would be like giving away a family member.
- What can we expect from you in the future?
The next story for Kim Stone is called Evil Games where Kim must enter into a game of cat and mouse with a female psychiatrist who uses her patients for experimental purposes.
Now for a little bit of fun, a glimpse at
the real Angela Marson:-
What’s your favourite tipple?
Do you prefer savoury or sweet things?
Friends coming round - cook or get a take-away?
Do you prefer hot or cold climates?
Do you prefer a beach holiday or city break?
Which would you prefer luxury cruise or fly long haul first class?
Do you prefer to go to the cinema or theatre?
Which do you prefer comedy or true stories when watching a film?
Do you have any pets?
A dog and a parrot
Tell us something we don’t know about you?
I drove a moped until I was forty years old.
Thanks for visiting my blog Angela :)
Thank you for inviting me. It’s very nice here ☺
Come back on Friday 20th February,
publication day for my review.