Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
My name is Faye Hall and I’m 38 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
A small country town in North Queensland, Australia.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
After high school I got a degree in copy editing. In 2013 I married for the second time to my childhood sweetheart. Together we have 9 children.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest release Amorous Redemption was released in May. It is loosely based on the stories I was raised on about my great grandparents. I have also just signed a contract for a book centeredaround the Australian slave trade.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing whilst still in primary school under the encouragement of my mother. I used to tell her stories all the time and she encourage me to write them down so I did.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I tend to struggle with this title as I didn’t choose writing so much as it chose me. That said I could start to see my path clearere once I’d signed my first contract back in 1996.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My first written book was in fact my third published. It was originally written from the dreams I had for a better life.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I’m not really sure what caused me to think of it. All I remember was waking up one night with the title in my head and knowing that was it.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Historical romances are always going to be challenging, part because of the accuracy of historical facts, but also because it is a genre that has been around for years. As for my style, I tend to go with the flow most of the time. I try to write notes down in a notepad, but the rest is done on my computer as the thoughts come to me.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Most of my books are all based on the history of my own family when they first migrated to Australia. I also try to take as much as I can from the local history of my home town as I can.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
My books are set in my home town so very little travel is needed. I do collect a lot of historical photographs from the townspeople though.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I’m traditionally published so all my covers are designed for me by agencies contracted to my publishers.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I’m not sure about a message, but I do tend to stick to a theme that love is rarely easy but if you stick with the one you love more often than not you will find your happy ending.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
I have always found inspiration from Amanda Quick and her work. I found them rather gritty and a tad left of the usual romance novels.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My family has always been my biggest supporters. That said when I was at high school there were two teachers – a Liberian and my legal studies teachers – that always encouraged me to stick with it despite being told by my English teacher that I would never get anywhere.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I do yes, be it a very hard one.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would change the publisher I sent it to because unfortunately I have had a rough road with them.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learnt to trust my own instincts and believe in myself.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I think Emma Watson would be perfect as Phoebe Porter and for Duncan MacAllester I would like Tom Hopper.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
To not give up. Take all comments as constructive. And to write from the heart.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I’m in the midst of writing a seven book series about the sins of humanity that hopefully will be ready to submit to my publisher by the end of the year.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
It’s school holidays here in Australia and my hubby is on long service leave so it’s very much family time at home so reading is on hold for now.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Unfortunately I can’t remember the title but I remember sneaking into my sisters room to read one of her mills & boon books. Something about young love near a beach.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Seeing my family sad or in pain makes me cry. Laughing usually results in situation humour.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to meet my great great grandmother. Her and her husband migrated to Australia from Germany with 13 children. I have always thought of her as a strong determined woman. I would love to meet her to see just how right I might be.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I enjoy gardening.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love British period dramas and crime shows. I also love a good romance story.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Food – shepherd’s pie. Colors – black and purple. Music – too many to choose from.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Collect and sell heirloom flowers and vegetable seeds.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Always and forever in this life and the next. (something my husband said to me when he proposed)
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Readers can find me at https://www.faye-hall.com
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