I’m delighted to welcome Angela Marsons, author of the International Bestselling DI Kim Stone series, published by Bookouture. Angela is interviewing Kim, the MC of the series. Let’s take a look at the cover of her latest book, Dying Truth.
How far would you go to protect your darkest secrets?
When teenager Sadie Winter jumps from the roof of her school, her death is ruled as suicide – a final devastating act from a troubled girl. But then the broken body of a young boy is discovered at the same school and it’s clear to Detective Kim Stone that these deaths are not tragic accidents.
As Kim and her team begin to unravel a dark web of secrets, one of the teachers could hold the key to the truth. Yet just as she is about to break her silence, she is found dead.
With more children’s lives at risk, Kim has to consider the unthinkable – whether a fellow pupil could be responsible for the murders. Investigating the psychology of children that kill brings the detective into contact with her former adversary, Dr Alex Thorne – the sociopath who has made it her life’s work to destroy Kim.
Desperate to catch the killer, Kim finds a link between the recent murders and an initiation prank that happened at the school decades earlier. But saving these innocent lives comes at a cost – and one of Kim’s own might pay the ultimate price.
The utterly addictive new crime thriller from the Number One bestselling author – you will be gripped until the final shocking twist.
Now over to Angela’s interview with Kim
Of all the cases you’ve worked on Kim, who has been your most frightening adversary and why?
Well, Symes was pretty terrifying because we didn’t know what he had planned for the two nine year old girls he kidnapped but the worst has to be Doctor Alexandra Thorne. A soulless sociopath coupled with a high IQ makes her the most dangerous person I’ve encountered so far.
We have met your mother throughout the book but what do you know of your father?
I never talk about either of them. My mother because I hate her and will never forgive her for what she did and I don’t know who my father is and I don’t want to know. Next question, please.
You are currently a Detective Inspector but how far would you like to rise within CID?
I’m happy being a DI because I’m able to get down and dirty with actual police work. Sitting behind a desk would drive me mad and that’s not what I signed up for. What I get to do all day is a higher priority than my position.
You restore classic motorcycles in your spare time. Where did this interest come from?
Foster family number 4, a middle aged couple named Keith and Erica. I was with them from the age of ten to thirteen until they were killed in a motorway pile up. My first words to them after being in their home for months was ‘what’s a ratchet set?’ Keith explained it to me as we sat together on the floor of the garage next to the Triumph motorcycle frame he was restoring and from that minute I was hooked.
It is a well known fact that you can’t cook. Is this because you don’t want to and have you ever successfully cooked a meal?
Arrrggghhhh… it’s one of those things that I feel if I put my mind to it I’ll be able to master it but still no-one that knows me will eat at my house. I can’t blame them. The oven hates me and refuses to be my friend.
In the books we see a great deal of mutual respect between you and your boss, Woody. Have you ever pushed him close to the edge?
On a daily basis, I’d imagine. I am the reason for the stress ball he keeps handy on his desk. He is incredibly tolerant of my outbursts as he knows they come from passion to do the job and I know that his hunger for justice is as keen as my own.
Are there any people you’ve encountered that have stayed with you or continued to inspire you once the case was over?
Definitely. There have been a few. A young man named Dougie who was autistic but was instrumental in uncovering the type of person Alexandra Thorne was. A young man named Shane who had been tormented for years by Alex who used his abusive past to control him but probably the most memorable was a young girl named Lucy who at fifteen was all but paralysed by Muscular Dystrophy but demonstrated more courage and determination to live than anyone else I’ve ever met. These are the people who have inspired me.
Now let’s meet Angela
Angela Marsons is the author of the International Bestselling DI Kim Stone series 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 Bookouture.com for a total of 16 books in the Kim Stone series and her books have been translated into more than 27 languages.
Three of her books – Blood Lines, Dead Souls and Broken Bones – reached the #1 spot on Amazon on pre-orders alone.
Thanks so much for dropping by, Angela. Congratulations on the fantastic sales of your books.
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