I had the wonderful opportunity to catch up with author Faye Hall recently! I was able to ask her about her forthcoming historical erotic romance novel, She’s A Lot Like You.
What is your favorite thing about being a writer? I love creating peoples live and manipulating them but always having the ability to give them a happily ever after.
What genre(s) do you write? Historical Erotic Romances set in Queensland, Australia in the late 1800’s.
What was the hardest part of writing your book? For my second book, She’s A Lot Like You, researching the history of Ravenswood, Queensland, Australia during the 1860’s to make sure I got my book historically correct was definitely the hardest part.
Are you a plotter or a pantser? I’m a punster through and through!
Why do you think people should choose your books over another author? Because they are intriguing and filled with so many twists and turns and mysteries and scandals alongside passion that near makes you blush! Also the settings are wonderful and not done to death – Small townships of North Queensland, Australia in their hey days of glitz and glamour, but also the rural rustic Aussie settings surrounding them.,
What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories? I hope they remember the stories…the passion that was shared…and hopefully learn a little about my country along the way.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? You’ll laugh at this but I want readers to realize early Australia wasn’t just kangaroos, and swagmen and other such things most people immediately think of when Australia is mentioned. I want readers to see that Australia had a grandeur about it in its early settlements like no other.
How long have you been a writer? About 20 years. I started writing romances when I was about 15 during English class at high school.
How much time did it take from writing your first book to having it published? My first book, My Gift To You, was originally written back in 2004. I then re-wrote it in 2011 and sent it to Red Sage who immediately accepted it.
What other careers have you had? My longest career is being a mother to our 9 children. But prior to all that I was a service assistant at Coles Supermarket.
Do you write under more than one name? No I have only been published under Faye Hall.
How would you describe yourself if you were “speed dating” your readers? I’m very family orientated, love roast meals and snuggling on cold rainy nights. Oh and I’m a Gemini.
What’s something fans would find fascinating about you? I am extremely good at remembering facts about people’s lives. And my husband & solicitor will tell you I always have an answer for everything.
How do your family and/or friends feel about your book or writing venture in general? They are all extremely supportive of me. All are very proud that a small-town girl could make it as an internationally published author.
Where are you from? Originally I’m from a small township near Bowen, North Queensland, Australia.
How do you come up with the titles? The book that’s coming out in April was easy to title as it was the lyrics to the song that inspired me. But not all titles come to me as easy I’m afraid.
Do you work on one project at a time? Or do you multi-task? I tend to work on one project at a time if possible so as to avoid confusion in my stories.
When not writing, how do you relax? My husband pours me a Cointreau and lemonade, and we sit in our back yard just talking and listening to music.
Please tell us 5 miscellaneous facts about yourself. 1. I’m allergic to artificial Blue food coloring. 2. I have several tattoos. 3. I have 4 earrings in each ear 4. I’m right handed. 5. I wear a ring on each of my fingers.
Upcoming Releases: She’s A lot Like You is out in April, so only a few weeks. So excited!! It’s set in Ravenswood, Queensland, Australia during the 1860’s. Tells of a struggle two young lovers have when their families pasts threaten to tear them apart. They have to overcome betrayal, lies, deceit and murder to be together.
A third book, Mistress of Purity, has also just been contracted with Red Sage Publishing but as of yet has no definite release date.
Faye’s website: http://www.faye-hall.com/
Faye’s Red Sage Publishing Page: http://www.eredsage.com/store/FAYE_HALL.html
Faye’s blog: http://www.faye-hall.com/?cat=16
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/my-gift-to-you-faye-hall/1114048349?ean=2940016135342
EXCERPT: She’s A Lot Like You
Willow stood with her back to Re, never able to see his approach. She didn’t even see the look of horror on his face…nor did he see the gleam of tears on her cheeks. All he saw was her being held in Chris’s arms, her body only a breath away from his. It was a closeness he knew was far from accepted in polite society.
It was a closeness he shared with her…had thought to only share with her.
Looking to his friend, Re silently pleaded with him. He needed to hear him say it was all just a misunderstanding. He needed him to put at ease the quickly growing doubt in his heart.
But he didn’t hear any of this. All he saw was the obvious lust gleaming in the young man’s eyes.
Chris cocked his brow, as if it was obvious their reason for being together. When Re looked at him, begging to know the truth, Chris’s smile turned into an obvious sneer.
Slowly, he shrugged his shoulders.
“How could I refuse?” he muttered, his words almost a whisper.
Hearing this short statement through her distress, Willow knew someone had found them. Raising her tear-covered face from Chris’s shoulder she tried to free herself from his unrelenting grasp. Realising her struggles were useless, she turned in his arms to see who had approached them. Only too late did she realise just how suggestive her position would look.
Her eyes’ meeting the hurt and pain in Re’s eyes, Willow knew instantly what he was concluding of what he was seeing.
“Re,” she whispered, almost desperate.
His dark stare turned hateful.
“Damn you both to hell!” he spat at them, immediately turning back to make a quick return to the estate house.
“Re,’ she again called after him, struggling against Chris’s tight hold.
When Chris didn’t let her go despite her struggles, she turned slightly and pushed him away with all her might.
“You son of a bitch,’ she spat at him, suddenly realising this man’s intentions.
“I may be, madam,” he replied casually. “Yet even you can’t deny what you wanted when you lured me out here.”
Her dark eyes narrowed with hate.
“I hope you rot in hell, you bastard!”
Turning quickly, Willow ran after Re’s retreating figure. She knew what he must be thinking, but he had to know she played no willing part in it. He had to know the truth.
“Willow,” Chris called after her, slight anger in his tone. “Damn it, you know you want this as much as I do.”
But she never turned back to him. She only kept chasing the retreating figure of the man she loved.
Red Sage Publishing, Inc. © 2013 All Rights Reserved
Faye Hall’s passion driven, mystery filled books are set in small townships of North Queensland, Australia during the late 1800’s. Each of her novels bring something symbolically Australian to her readers, from Aboriginal herbal remedies, to certain gemstones naturally only found in this part of the world.
Each of her books tell of a passionate connection between the hero and heroine, surrounded and threatened by deceit, scandal, theft and sometimes even murder. These romances swerve from the traditional romances as Faye aims to give her readers so much more intrigue, whilst also revealing the hidden histories of rural townships of North Queensland.
Faye finds her inspiration from the histories of not only the township she grew up in, but the many surrounding it. She also bases most of her characters on people she has met in her life.
Faye was able to live her own passion driven romance, marrying the love of her life after a whirlwind romance in 2013. Together they are raising their 9 children in a remote country town in northern Queensland, Australia.