Margarita Felices – Judgement of Souls trilogy
Can you tell us some personal info about you?
I live in Cardiff Wales, home to castles, mountains, rugby, Doctor Who and Torchwood, with my partner and three little mad dogs and I work for a well-known TV broadcasting company. I love living in Cardiff because, for all its modernisation, there are still remnants of an old Victorian city. I love writing and will always base my stories in Cardiff because it has such character. When I can, I go out to the coast and take photographs, we have a lovely castle in the city centre and a fairytale one just on the outskirts, so when I feel I can’t write anything, I take a ramble to those locations and it clears my head.
I have a TV production background. I used to be a professional photographer and decided to move into the TV world. I started off working on our local news programmers’ and then moved on to Arts, Factual, Drama, back to Factual, back to Drama (Torchwood, Dr Who and a few regional shows). Now I work for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and we produce some of the music for well known TV shows, Doctor Who for example! I’ve learnt so much from working there about Marketing and Promotions. It’s been an absolute blessing.
But I suppose it was inevitable that some day I would write a novel. My teachers at school used to limit me to no more than ten pages. I was a reporter on the school magazine and later became its Editor. When I left school, I paid my way through college by writing short stories for magazines; I later took a course in scriptwriting and came third in a BBC writing competition. I am Gothic; I love the fashion, the architecture and the music. The club in my novel (JOS3) is real. While writing this book, I got all my club material and clientele from here; I wouldn’t have finished that section without it.
My first full length novel is called Judgement of Souls 3: Kiss at Dawn and is the first in a trilogy. But I wanted to do things a little different; so I began by writing the ending to the trilogy in the hopes that it will tease your curiosity into knowing how they all got there. Story two, its prequel has also been published and I’m currently working on the first book in the series. It’s probably the hardest to write. It involves a lot of Crusader history but I’m not a stranger to research. JOS2 involved over 300 years of mortal history including the French Revolution – did you know that a vampire started it? I am currently writing the last part of the vampire trilogy JUDGEMENT OF SOULS 1: Origins. Its all about the Crusades, battles, Elysium, vampire birth and betrayal.
Can you please tell us for how long do you write? How did you end up writing about vampires?
It depends on what I want to write that makes me either write for an hour, a day or not at all. Writing isn’t a switch that you can use and out comes the words, there are many days (nights actually as I prefer to write at night) that I don’t do a single word. Other nights I have to force myself to stop or I’d be up all night! I have always loved the genre. But I couldn’t get passed some of the cliché characters always associated with books or films, the helpless female. So I wrote a story that I would like to read if someone else had written it, about a strong female vampire and wrote about her and her family.
How much research did it take to write this books about vampires?
A lot of research goes into every book. For JOS3 I visited most of the locations that I use in the novels so I have first hand knowledge of the locations that I place my characters in. It’s been extremely fascinating. I’ve also visited one of the main synagogues in London to talk about the Hebrew Bible that I use ‘loosely’ in the trilogy and it’s worked out really well.
For JOS1 which is currently a work in progress, I am studying the Crusades and the Knights o
f St John as well as the Knights Templar. Not writing about them fully, just indirectly.
With all of my vampire books I have spoken to vampire contacts and representatives who have given me first hand information of clans and rituals.
And for the end, where can we buy them?
Thank you Margarita! It was my pleasure to do this interview.