MF-I started at the end. There isn't a person who can tell me why, perhaps I found it easier who knows. I originally started the novel very differently. For starters there was no Max, the protagonist was Rachel herself, but I started to feel that it was taking on a wrong direction, so I started the whole thing again. In the start of this novel we see Rachel watching the mortals and wanting to be part of them. One night she follows a few of them to a club, it was Halloween so she didn't look out of place. And there she meets Daniel.
Book 2 is called JUDGEMENT OF SOULS 2: The Call of the Righteous. I've already started writing that novel. It spans over 300 years and sees Rachel befriend a mortal, Marie on the lovely island of Malta where the Righteous have taken the Book of Cain. Later she moves on to Paris, where she meets a dashing Count, the novel will see her in several adventures as well as Arun in a more demanding role. The Righteous are strong in this novel, you'll get to see who these people really are and why the vampires hate them.
And of course Max will be up to more evil deeds.
Book 1 is a work in progress. Every now and again I think of an idea and just write it down as a note. That book will concentrate more on Rachel's parents and will end at Rachel's birth. But that's a while off yet.
MP-How did you feel when a reviewer called you the next Anne Rice?
MF-I was so honoured! Anne Rice has always been a favourite of mine, I've read all her novels. To be compared to someone as distinguished as Anne Rice is such a buzz. I smiled all day.
MP-Is Daniel based on a real person or has he always dwelled in your subconscious?
MF-He's based on few people. I was at the club one day and saw two men sat near the dance floor, legs stretched out crossed, arms folded looking at the women on the dance floor. I actually wrote it that way when I introduced Daniel and Tobey. And the way they looked is transferred to my characters Daniel and Tobey.
MP-Living where you do would you say that the city is your muse?
MF-Definitely! Cardiff is the best place. It's modern but it still has that Victorian look too. On some winter mornings there is a mist that forms in some areas and it gives the whole place an eerie mystical presence. It's great around Halloween, there are tours and ghostly stories around the central parts of the city and tours at the Castle and the manor houses that are supposed to be haunted.
We have beaches on one side, hills and mountains on the other, you can find fossils on some of the rocky beach areas if you look hard enough. In between all that there are castles, ruined cathedrals and churches, lush green fields, it's very inspiring.
MP-Do you still attend the club that helped you write the book?
MF-Yes. In fact I'm going there this weekend (May 19th). They've moved since I started writing the novel which is a shame. But the club was in the middle of a residential area and it got noisy so there were complaints. Not long after the owners of the building closed it and put a big For Sale sign on the outside, it's quite sad, I loved going to listen to Heavy Metal/Gothic music in an old Gothic church. The new venue is underground - hence the club name in the novel Underground Palace! No not really, I'm not that clever, it was called that when they were in the Gothic building too.
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JUDGEMENT OF SOULS is a Gothic horror in which a naïve pure-blood Vampire is tossed into the mortal world. Rachel meets Daniel, a nightclub owner and his group of friends and after Daniel’s best friend is murdered by Max, becomes embroiled in the search for an ancient vampire artefact. Rachel tries to fight off her feelings for Daniel, even siding with her Vampire friend Arun to think again about Daniel’s involvement, but he’s her love and she’s going to protect him, no matter what.
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