Thursday, 22 June 2017

BEST OF CRIME with Angela Marsons

Welcome to my latest BEST OF CRIME feature, looking at crime writers' top picks, from their favourite author and fictional detective to their best writing tip. 

Today I'm delighted to welcome 


to share her BEST OF CRIME ... 

My favourite crime author would have to be Val McDermid, especially the Tony Hill series of books. I could read them over and over again. I love main characters who are just a bit ‘off’ and strange. I enjoy the different threads and storylines running throughout her books/ 

My favourite film is A Few Good Men – may be a bit dated now but the tension throughout that film gets me every time. I find it a good lesson in taut writing. Not one scene in that film is wasted and is used to move the story forward. I also like that the Aaron Sorkin resisted the temptation to include a romance for the sake of it. The film didn’t need it. 

My favourite TV drama would be Rebus. I absolutely love the stories and the drama and the character of Rebus himself. Can I also shout out to Vera as well. She reminds me of Kim Stone in twenty years time.

My all time favourite would be Hannibal Lecter. Too scary! His complete lack of conscience is fascinating and repulsive at the same time.

Kathy Mallory from the Carol O’Connell novels.  Like Tony Hill she is a bit off. She is borderline sociopath which makes for compelling reading as you never quite understand her or know her as well as you would like to.

Teeth. Hannibal Lecter. A true lesson in how just one part of your body should not be underestimated.

Definitely the scene in Silence of the Lambs where Hannibal Lecter has escaped from his cage and has taken out his guards. The vicious ruthlessness of the attack shocks me every single time.

It has to be Wikipedia. I spend hours on that site. I begin with researching one particular subject and then see something else that intrigues me and before I know it the morning has gone.

Don’t show anyone your first draft. Gives you the freedom to write whatever you want without inhibitions as you know you can take it out before anyone else gets to see it. I always view the first draft as my sandpit and my time to bond with the story and the characters.

Crisps, crisps and a few more crisps.

Angela Marsons is the author of the Amazon Bestselling DI Kim Stone series - Silent Scream, Evil Games, Lost Girls, Play Dead, Blood Lines and Dead Souls and her books have sold more than 2 million in 2 years.
She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their cheeky Golden Retriever 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 (The Forgotten Woman and Dear Mother) Angela turned to Crime, fictionally speaking of course, and developed a character that refused to go away.
She is signed to for a total of 16 books in the Kim Stone series and her books have been translated into more than 20 languages.
Her last two books - Blood Lines and Dead Souls - reached the #1 spot on Amazon on pre-orders alone.

Find Angela Marsons on her website, FB page and on Twitter - @WriteAngie


Publisher's description
When a collection of human bones is unearthed during a routine archaeological dig, a Black Country field suddenly becomes a complex crime scene for Detective Kim Stone.
As the bones are sorted, it becomes clear that the grave contains more than one victim. The bodies hint at unimaginable horror, bearing the markings of bullet holes and animal traps.
Forced to work alongside Detective Travis, with whom she shares a troubled past, Kim begins to uncover a dark secretive relationship between the families who own the land in which the bodies were found. 
But while Kim is immersed in one of the most complicated investigations she’s ever led, her team are caught up in a spate of sickening hate crimes. Kim is close to revealing the truth behind the murders, yet soon finds one of her own is in jeopardy - and the clock is ticking. Can she solve the case and save them from grave danger – before it’s too late?

Dead Souls was published by Bookouture on 28 April 2017.

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