Interview by Nicole Melanson ~
Faye Hall’s passion-driven, mystery-filled books are set in small townships of North Queensland, Australia during the late 1800s. Each of Faye’s novels brings something symbolically Australian to her readers, from Aboriginal herbal remedies, to certain gemstones naturally only found in this part of the world. Her work tells of a passionate connection between hero and heroine, threatened by deceit, scandal, theft and sometimes even murder.
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HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I began writing novels and short stories whilst still at high school and though I had some small stuff published, my first break into erotic romances came when Red Sage Publishing picked up one of my scripts in 2012. I then proceeded to send them all the scripts I had completed in previous years which they also swooped up.
WHAT IS YOUR LATEST BOOK OR CURRENT PROJECT?
I have 2 new releases due out back to back this year.
Mistress of Purity, out 1st August, tells the story of a very headstrong Prue, who’s desperate to keep her family’s secrets hidden, and the brooding Gareth, a man determined to uncover the truths of the past. There’s also Rosie and Tommy, who have their own story to tell and their own secrets to reveal.
Passions in the Dust, out 1st October, is about Ella Matthis, who has had to face one disaster after another but has never given up. She shows a strength that was needed by so many women who moved to Australia during the 1870s. Seth Kenner, the hero, shows a humility and work ethic so rarely seen amongst others of his class, and resilience far beyond his years.
I love the characters, I love their strength, but most of all, I love the passion they still hold for each other even after life rips them apart. I also love the setting—an Australian cattle station. It’s just so iconic to this part of the world.
I hope all my readers hold a little piece of Australia in their hearts after reading this book.
WHAT IS YOUR WORK ENVIRONMENT LIKE?
Chaotic! My desk around my keyboard is scattered with school newsletters, drawings from my kids’ school, as well as whatever stray hair ties my daughters decide should live there.
WHEN DO YOU WORK? WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?
I don’t really have the option of a typical work day as such. My husband and I have 9 children between us, 6 of whom are at school and 1 still at home, so I write when and where I can around my husband’s shiftwork schedule, my family commitments of school runs, normal housewife duties and such. Usually during my youngest child’s nap time and after the children are in bed at night is my most opportune time to try and type, and I usually type notes on my iPhone whilst I’m waiting to collect my children in the afternoons at school.
WHAT IS YOUR WRITING PROCESS?
I usually jot down rough notes about my characters and the interactions they should have with certain characters, along with some ideas for dialogue exchange I might have. As my life is very busy I have learnt to take notes when and where I can before they slip my mind. It makes completing a script much easier for me. Usually from there the rest of the story creates itself.
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
My ideas come from a myriad of things from movies, music or simply an interaction I see in the street. I also have a huge love for local history and my own family history, both of which have aided in my story writing.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST PART OF WHAT YOU DO?
My biggest challenge is finding enough time to write, but also trying to get noticed in an already full sea of authors.
WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU HAD KNOWN WHEN YOU STARTED?
I’m not really sure there is any one thing. I believe as an author you will always learn something new and a new way to accomplish a good script.
WHAT IS YOUR ARTISTIC OR PROFESSIONAL VISION?
I’d like to see manuscripts set in Australia be more widely accepted by publishing houses. As for my own personal goal—I just want to see books.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE FEMALE AUTHORS?
Amanda Quick and Agatha Christie
WHICH FEMALE AUTHOR WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE INTERVIEWED ON WORDMOTHERS NEXT?
I think Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz is one of the most fascinating female authors of all time.
Thank you, Faye Hall!
— Nicole Melanson
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