Wednesday, 13 July 2016

My Writing Day by Angie Marsons - Silent Scream Blog Tour

I'm delighted to welcome Angie Marsons to my blog today to talk about her writing day - for her Silent Scream Blot Tour. Silent Scream is out in paperback on 14 July 2016. There's a link to my review at the end.

My Writing Day
by Angie Marsons

Prior to last year I had been writing around a full time job for more than twenty years.  In many ways it became my escape from work and rather than settling down to the television or distract myself by listening to music I would settle down to the stories in my head.

I think this routine sparked what is now an ideal writing day for me.

I love nothing more than rising early and writing while much of the world is still asleep.  There is an intimacy I feel with my story when working in the darkness and as the day begins.  There is an element of having stolen something from the day.

I still write my first draft long hand with pencils and A4 notepads.  I will never get bored of hearing the scratch of lead across the page.  For speed I have tried to work straight onto the laptop but it just doesn’t work for me.  There is something about the movement of my hand across the page that taps into the creative part of my brain.

If I’m working on a first draft I have no access to electronics as I simply can not be trusted to stay away from emails, tweets and Facebook messages.  Being prone to procrastination and of a nosy disposition I can lose entire days to reading, commenting, responding to things that can easily wait for a little while.

I normally write until around lunchtime which is when I eat and check in with the rest of the world. 
I try to spend the afternoon doing something completely removed from writing and a bit more physical like walking the dog or gardening or even a little retail therapy.  After dinner I might watch some television or grab some cherished reading time but if the ideas are still buzzing around my head and the writing hand is still able I will often return to my desk to continue once the sun has set.

If I’m in the zone I tend to make the most of it and write as much as I can for as long as I can as though I’m saving up for a rainy day.  Once the story has bitten I find it very difficult to tear myself away from the process as my hand can’t keep up with my head.  Because of this my writing routine is rather fluid but I am very lucky to have a tolerant and understanding partner who simply shrugs and smiles and reaches, once more, for the remote control and the headphones.

About Angela Marsons
Angela lives in the Black Country with her partner, their bouncy Labrador and potty-mouthed parrot. Visit Angela's website to learn more or follow her on Twitter.

Silent Scream
By Angie Marsons
Published in paperback by Zaffre  (14 July 2016)
ISBN: 978-1785770524

Publisher's description
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.

Fans of Rachel Abbott, Val McDermid and Mark Billingham will be gripped by this exceptional new voice in British crime fiction.

Read my review here

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