Meet Faye Hall, author of suspenseful nineteenth-century romance set in Australia.
1. How long have you been writing? Can you tell us a bit about your journey to publication?
I started writing right from childhood. I decided to take the plunge and write a
novel for publication whilst in my last year of high school. My English teacher laughed at me and told me I was wasting my time, which kind of gave me the determination to finally send it to a publisher.
2. Why are you drawn to the late 1800s as a setting for your fiction? What opportunities and difficulties does the era and the location of North Queensland present for you as a writer and for your stories?
I’m from North Queensland, and I grew up on the stories of my great
grandparents and how they came to Australia and their struggles to survive. I’ve used a lot of that history in my books. Unfortunately my choice of towns isn’t a simple Google search away so I rely a lot on local history and photos. I picked the late 1800s because it was then my ancestors came to Queensland, but also because I just love Australian history.
3. Where do the ideas for your historicals come from? Are they particular historical events you had read about, or historical figures which spark off the characters/plots in your mind? How much historical research do you do?
One of my stories was actually based on a small scandalous story about my great
grandmother and I even used Inkerman Dows Station in the book which was the actual cattle station owned by her family. I do also rely a lot on the old photos from many locals that were published in a local book some years back. A lot of the plots though come from stories I was told as a child about not only my family, but others in the district.
4. Do you have writing habits – such as always getting up early to write, or writing in the evening? Or do you write when the mood takes you? Are you a plotter or a “pantser”?
I plot a little and the rest just flows from there. As for a certain time to write – I wish lol. I am the mother of five school children and step mother to four adult step children so life can get very busy at times. I literally write where and when I can – in the car waiting at the school, early morning, waiting in a doctor or lawyers office – you get the drift.
5. Do you have a particular place where you like to write, or do you happily write anywhere?
As I mentioned above I have learnt to write wherever I am, but I am far more comfortable in my bedroom at my desk.
6. Do you have a favourite title from among your novels? Is there a character or pairing who you’re tempted to return to for a sequel? (if you haven’t already!).
My favorite title at this stage is Heart of Stone, because it mentions Irish and Aboriginal slavery that happened in Queensland’s history. As for characters – I’d love to go back and rewrite my first few novels and make them into separate sequels, but unfortunately I doubt I’ll ever get my rights back on them.
7. Which authors do you read?
My favourite romance author is Amanda Quick. I also love Harper Lee and Agatha Christie.
8. What’s the romance community like in Australia? For instance, in the UK we have the Romantic Novelists’ Association with regular meet-ups. Is there something similar in Australia, or is it difficult as you live in a remote country town? Does the internet help you get in touch with other authors?
I live in a small town and there’s limited community for writers, especially of romance. I find the internet a great source to talk to authors from all around the world and I have learnt so much from doing that.
9. Do your tattoos have stories behind them, or is it more a case that you chose them based on liking the designs and colours? Do any of your characters have tattoos?
None of my characters have tattoos yet, but I’ve often thought about it. As for myself – a lot of mine have personal meaning connected to my children and husband. I also have a few pagan and Celtic ones to honour my ancestors. The
rest are just because I think they’re cool. I’ve lost count now, but I’d have well over forty by now I’d say.
Thanks, Faye, for popping by!
Faye’s new novel is Apathy and Vigor, published on 20 August 2018. It’s only 99p atthe moment on Amazon.
Will the love of a woman save him from his own apathy?
Tristen Brone lived a carefree life of wealth and passion – until one day it all came
crashing down around him. In only a few days he lost everyone he loved in the world – his woman, his best friend and his parents. The once confident, handsome young man, was now scarred for life and on a quick downward spiral of sorrow and depression. He no longer wanted to live.
When Amalie Fergus arrives on his doorstep, a travel bag in her hand, begging him to take her in, he becomes suspicious. Despite his passionate past with this woman, and the feelings he still had for her, all he could think of was how quickly she abandoned him after the fire that killed her brother and left Tristen physically scarred. So why had she come back into his life after all these months?
Amalie Fergus lost her brother in a fire, her lover had abandoned her upon finding her with child, and now her father had been poisoned, leaving their properties to be repossessed. She had nothing and no one left to turn to. In desperation, she found herself forced to work for a living, trying to do her best as a maid for any rich gentleman who would take her in. What she hadn’t expected was for one of those men to try and force carnal favours from her, or for her now to be on the run for his murder.
Running from the scene of the crime, fearful what was to become of her, Amalie finds herself colliding with a man from her past who offers to hide her from the police on one condition – she return to Tristen and steal some property papers from him.
Trapped by the man from her past, and now forced back into Tristen’s life, Amalie
searches for who murdered her brother. She could never have foreseen the cruelty she would discover, or the man she would willingly surrender her heart to.