Name Faye Hall
Where are you from Australia
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I grew up in a small rural town in North Queensland, Australia. After graduating from high school I completed a course in copy editing and did some freelance reporting for a local online magazine.
In 2013 I married the love of my life (whom I’d met 20 years prior) and between us we have 9 children.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I have two new releases coming out this year – Mistress of Purity will be out 1st August & Passions in the Dust will be out 1st October.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
When – at high school.
Why – because my English teacher told me I would never write anything good enough to be published. I wanted to prove him wrong.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I still struggle with calling myself this to be honest. I write because I love it and the words just seem to come easily to me so to me it’s not usually a hard task.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Even though Mistress of Purity is only being released August this year, it is in fact the very first book I ever wrote. The first draft was written when I was still in high school but the stories depicted in the book, both between the main characters and sub-characters, were so close to my heart that it sent me on an emotional rollercoaster and I had to hide it away on the shelf. It is only now, after almost 20 years that I have finally been able to get back to it.
The story itself, both the first draft and the present version, were inspired by my own personal life – having become estranged from the man I loved, both of us becoming involved in turbulent other lives only to be reunited under challenging circumstances some time later. It was this actual emotional turmoil that I was going through that stemmed the emotions in the book and created two of the most beautiful love stories I have ever written.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I tend to jot down some notes of what I would like to see happen between characters, including some dialogue exchange between them. From there the rest of the story, including added characters, mostly creates itself.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title came about as more of an idiom than anything else because when the affair between Gareth and Prue first began he did think to set her up as his mistress, indulging in all her innocence. When Gareth was requested to return to Sarina though and back in the company of Prue he realized the cruel irony that she was in fact his father’s widow and maybe not quite as innocent as he first thought – hence becoming a tongue-in-cheek version of his ‘Mistress of Purity’.
Passions in the Dust was much easier to come up with a title for – a tale of lovers reunited on a drought stricken cattle station in Bowen, Australia. The title just seemed obvious.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Mistress of Purity – To look for the story behind the person. Sometimes you’ll be surprised what you’ll find.
Passions in the Dust – That love will find a way no matter how many obstacles are put in the way.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Much of the emotional exchange and drama detailed in Mistress of Purity are based on my own relationship with the man I loved and later married after we were reunited some years later.
In Passions in the Dust all names of the hotel, port, ship and ship’s captain are historically correct. Also family names of some characters can be found in both my husband’s and my own family tree.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The first few scenes between Prue and Gareth, from Mistress of Purity, are very similar to how I met my husband when we were much younger.
The struggles Ella and Seth, from Passions in the Dust, go through on their cattle station are also loosely based on the experiences of my great grandparents when they first migrated to Australia.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
A lot of my inspiration for romance has come from Amanda Quick novels, but the underlying storylines of mystery and drama definitely come from growing up reading Agatha Christie.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Currently I’m reading A Game of Thrones, my interest being triggered by the fantastic tv show.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Not sure he’s new as such, but R. R. Martin has really enthralled me by his complex storytelling and endless imagination.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Whilst I’m waiting to hear back about two other manuscripts, I’m writing book number seven entitled ‘Love & Chastity’, and it’s my own take on one of the seven deadly sins and heavenly virtues.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
The local townspeople where I grew up have been a fantastic support outside of my family. Many of them I am still in contact with through social media’s and so many of them are avid readers of my work. It’s very flattering and humbling.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I struggle to define myself as a ‘writer’ because I love what I do so much and rarely do I have to struggle to find the voice of whatever characters I am creating. If it is a career, it’s one I love and hope to be able to do for many years to come yet.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not really. Both Mistress of Purity and Passions in the Dust are fantastic stories with very involved characters and storylines. And the love story between the main characters is just so passionate and seductive.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I’ve always had an interest in writing and enjoyed mostly being able to create and manipulate the lives of the characters. But it was fueled by the need to prove my high school English teacher wrong when he said I would never be good enough to be a published author.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Oh I’d love to but bare in mind it’s very much a work in progress. Here’s a small snippet from Lust & Chastity:-
She stood there looking at him, wanting him to see the coldness she was being consumed by.
“Why are you even here?” he asked her, his tone slightly taught.
She struggled to stay composed and not let her emotions consume her.
“I had thought I might…” but her words trailed of as she remembered what she had felt and the now apparent foolishness of it all. Feeling tears threatening, she tried to breathe deeply and calm herself.
“You aren’t a woman of free leisure remember?” he taunted her. “You need your purity and your order to be able to hold your head high in this godforsaken town.”
Though she fought them, she could feel tears balancing on the rim of her eyes. “Yet I would have given all that up just for a minute of your time.”
Her words were barely more than a whisper but by the look in his eyes she was sure he had heard her.
“What?” he asked, his words carefully spoken.
Her hand came up to her cheek to wipe her fallen tear away. “I would have surrendered all my chastity for even an ounce of your lust.”
He went to step towards her, his hand reaching out for her, but she stepped away from him.
“Have you changed your mind so soon?” he asked.
“I seen you with her in the hall. I seen you holding her…touching her.”
Again he tried to reach out to her. “You need to let me explain-”
“And no doubt you would be believable enough to try and fool me into thinking what was happening in there was perfectly innocent.”
“Damn it! You need to listen to me-”
“No, I don’t!” she rebutted. “I seen with my own eyes that you are as a big a bastard now as I remembered you to be!”
“You can’t leave me,” he reminded her. “You need me.”
She shook her head, more tears falling from her eyes. “You know I thought I did.”
Turning away from him then, she grabbed her skirts in her hands tightly and fled from the small room, ignoring his cries for her to return.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I always try to incorporate actual historical facts and Australian aboriginal herbal remedies, both of which aren’t always just a simple google search away.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have always been intrigued by the web of stories involved in an Amanda Quick novel, and her strong, determined characters.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not a lot. Most places in which my books are set I grew up near so have been able to become quite familiar with over the years.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Red Sage Publishing provides my covers for me. The artist’s name is Tania.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part I find with each of my books is writing the synopsis. I struggle to condense my stories into a few paragraphs or a few pages. But usually after chucking a small hissy fit I just get over it and get on with it.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
For Passions in the Dust I did. The hotel mentioned regularly in the book is the North Australian Hotel, an actual hotel in Bowen at the time the book was set. The hotel is also the oldest known in the town, though where it stands now is far from its original position. The original hotel was burnt to the ground and re built on a new site but with the same name.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
If writing is what you love then just do it. There is a publisher out there for you, you just have to find the one that suits your style.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I hope you all enjoy my books and get to read about a part of Australia no history book will tell you.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I don’t, but I remember my first favorite book being To Kill a Mockingbird.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My children to both those questions. I love being a mother though it can prove challenging sometimes with so many children.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Veronica Franco – a 16th century courtesan from Venice because she lived a very full life, including being tries in the inquisition on charges of witchcraft.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
She came. She loved. She left. Because that’s what I did.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Does eating chocolate count?
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love Game of Thrones, but also the original Law & Order. Favorite film would have to be Dangerous Beauty.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Food – chocolate
Colors – red and Black
Music – anything but country music
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Tattoo pin up model
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
social media links
Authors Amazon Page http://www.amazon.com/Faye-Hall/e/B00DPIMSMW/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1