Guest Post: Is my book baby ugly? by Angela Marsons

Posted October 31, 2015 by thischickreads in guest post / 1 Comment

Hi guys,

today we have the absolute pleasure to welcome bestselling author, Angela Marsons to our blog. Ms Marsons’ is our favourite thriller author and the author of DI Kim Stone series. Her new book and the third in the series, ‘Lost Girls’ will be published on 6th November by Bookouture and as far as we know there will be 8 books in the series. We’re SO happy about this as DI Kim is our fave thriller heroine and if you haven’t read anything by Angela, make sure you go to amazon and immediately download a copy of the first book ‘Silent Scream’ which is just 99p for the kindle. Then work your way through the series, you have our promise you’re going to love Angela’s writing and her kick ass heroine. We’d like to thank lovely Angela for being with us today and stay tuned for our review of LOST GIRLS next week during #BookoutureThriller.







Thank you so much for allowing me to guest post on your fabulous blog.


So, as Lost Girls – the third in the DI Kim Stone series – is due to be released I ask myself a familiar question:


Is My Book Baby Ugly?


A question constantly asked by authors who dare to share their newborn novel with the world.

My first child was sent out on submission over twenty years ago and like any proud mother I wanted everyone to see my creation.  It was a wondrous and unique product of a union between myself and a pencil.

The response I received was varied.  One Literary Agency suggested that bows and sparkles that would add to my toddler’s appeal while others advised a paper bag.

My next two children fared no better.

My fourth child caught the attention of a major publisher.  They stated that my baby had been passed around to colleagues, cuddled and burped but on balance it just wasn’t pretty enough.

The biological clock kept ticking and another child was born.  This one took my breath away because I conceived it just for me.

I didn’t clothe it in a pageant dress or put a tiara in its hair.  I allowed it to grow and develop as it wanted to and I named her Silent Scream.

So, this baby was sent to a publisher to be devoured by critical eyes.  Are its features all paced and proportionate?  Does it have the right fingers and toes?

Luckily Bookouture loved my children as much as I do and together we are now part of a wider family with lots of aunts and uncles, cousins and step-siblings.


But here we are once more, getting ready to set another child free.  So, I ask the question again.  Is my baby ugly?  And I have to respond like this; no it is not.  For a number of months it was just me and this book.  I loved it and nurtured it and gave it my all.  I nursed it and scolded it and rocked it to sleep.  And like every other creation it came from my heart.





I discovered my love of writing at Primary School when a short piece on the rocks and the sea gained me the only merit point I ever got. I wrote the stories that burned inside and then stored them safely in a desk drawer.
After much urging from my partner I began to enter short story competitions in Writer’s News resulting in a win and three short listed entries. I self-published two of my earlier works before concentrating on my true passion – Crime.
After many, many submissions I signed in a 4 book deal withBookouture as their first crime author.

I live in the Black Country with my partner, our bouncy Labrador and potty-mouthed parrot.  My first book SILENT SCREAM will be published in February 2015.



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One response to “Guest Post: Is my book baby ugly? by Angela Marsons

  1. Dawn Howard

    Loved this post. Angela is fast becoming my all time favourite author, I always look forward to her next book and each one seems better than the previous I don’t know how she does it but so glad she does. Keep writing Angie we love you xx

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