Author Margarita Felices on writing a trilogy
Our new series on Author Interviews features Margarita Felices. She lives in Cardiff, Wales, home to castles, mountains, rugby, Doctor Who and Torchwood, with her partner and three little mad dogs. Besides this, seh works for a well-known TV broadcasting company.
Her first full-length novel is called Judgement of Souls 3: Kiss at Dawn and is the first in a trilogy. Since she always wanted to do things a little different, she began by writing the ending to the trilogy in the hopes that it will tease the readers curiosity into knowing how they all got there.
THE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
How long did it take to get your first novel / book published?
It was a hard search that lasted about two years. I searched the internet for publishing companies and wrote countless letters (more than 50). I bought a book called Writers and Artists Yearbook and looked through all the ones that would accept a paranormal story. I had so many refusals it’s easy to want to give up. I even got a reply written on the bottom of the letter I had sent them, with a simple ‘No thank you’ Not even signed. Then I found a publisher who was interested and in 2012 I published my first novel Judgement of Souls 3: Kiss at Dawn.
What mistakes did you make with the publishing of your first book which you try not to repeat?
The only mistake I made was not signing to my publisher Books To Go Now sooner. I’d been offered a contract two years before I actually signed with them. I was new to the whole publishing world and just finding my feet. It was the start of the e-book revolution and didn’t realise what a big market it was and how many readers you could reach this way.
Can you focus on working on two books or stories at the same time?
No it’s not practical. You will always be thinking about your novel as you write and it gets confusing. You have to give your novel your full attention. If you are busy writing more than more you are not concentrating fully to your story and your characters will fail to trap your reader. I don’t even read when I write.
Is there a modus operandi you follow and formulate before you actually start writing your next book?
Oh yes, most authors do. I usually start by knowing the beginning, middle and end of my novel. What I do is write a line on each page of what comes next. Where does the story need to be at this point? I’m more a plotter than a punster (seat of the pants writer).
Does the writer’s block actually exist? Any tips you would give to come out of it.
Yes it does exist but I think it may be because you have thought too much about the novel. You can get lost in a story and lose your way. For me I simply leave the story alone for as long as it takes for me to come up with a scenario for the story, once that happens I can go back to it. You just need to leave the writing alone until you are ready, it does come back, just don’t force yourself to write anything – it’ll end up being deleted because it wasn’t what you intended to write but something you felt you had to do.
What was the book that most influenced your life, and why?
The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice, Bram Stokers Dracula and too many of Stephen King to mention.
Anne Rice has a way of being poetic in her descriptions. I learnt a lot from her but I try not to emanate her too much. I love the way she makes you feel as though you are right there, feeling the same air as the characters, the same smells and feelings.
Bram Stoker? Well the man who brought Dracula and made us fascinated with the vampire genre. Dracula is in fact a love story gone wrong. A lost love and the eventual meeting centuries later of past souls.
Stephen King. He has a way of scaring the life out of you with one sentence. I remember the Green Mile only being available in novella form that took weeks to collect and read. With Misery I actually screamed on the bus when she tortured the writer she was ‘helping’. The Stand, Carrie, so many to list.
How often do you read other novels? Who are your favourite authors?
I am a lover of paranormal horror. I will read Anne Rice (Vampire Chronicles and Lestat is my favourite) and Stephen King (pretty much anything from him except IT – nope nope nope).
But I never read while I write. One night I woke up and began to write and wrote a few chapters. The next day it bothered me that what I had written felt so familiar. It turned out that I had sub consciously written the section of a book that I had been reading. Since then I made sure to only read only when not writing anything – mostly when the book I am writing is with the editor.
You can check out Margarita Felices’s books on the Amazon link below: