Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Faye Hall! 🙂
For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?
My name is Faye Hall and I write Australian Historical Romances, each filled with passion, deceit and murder.
I try to encompass much of my own family’s history into my books, as well as setting most of them in my home town in North Queensland, Australia.
I am happily married to my childhood sweetheart and soulmate and living in North Queensland.
Where did/do you get your ideas from?
A lot of the stories are variations of the stories of my grandparents and their parents when they first came to live in Australia. My latest release, Heart of Stone, is slightly different though. The idea for that book came more from the unspoken history of blackbirding in our area of Australia. For those that don’t know, blackbirding was the title given to the slave trade in Australia’s past, mostly dealing with the islanders called Kanakas that were forcibly brought into the country. The main female character in the book is in fact an Irish slave, another scandalous past of Australian history.
Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?
Yes! The main character in Amorous Redemption was in fact based on my great grandmother who also owned the cattle station in the book called Inkerman Downs Station.
How do you pick your characters names?
Nearly all of the surnames of the characters in my books come from mine, or my husbands, family tree. However in my upcoming book series, Sins of the Virtuous, the characters names actually mean the sin or virtue they apparently have.
Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?
My process is very scattered. As most know I have quite a large family so I writes as I can. Usually though the character plans and notes are done on paper or an app on my phone. Everything is pieced together then on the computer over several drafts.
Who are your top 5 favourite authors?
Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?
Harper Lee and how hard was it for her to write To Kill a Mockingbird.
Were you a big reader as a child?
Very! Was always in the school or town library.
When did you start to write?
As a child. Started off as poems for my mum then quickly branched into short stories. First full length novel was written when I was about 16.
If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?
Am I allowed to say one of my own? I would re-write My Gift to You’s ending. It was my first release so my writing style has grown a lot since then.
Is there a book you wish you had written?
Beauty and the beast – my favourite tale.
If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?
Always and Forever.
If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?
Bella, out of my newest release Heart of Stone. I’d take her for coffee and a decent meal – after everything she’s been put through I figure she’d deserve it.
What are you working on right now?
I’m still finishing edits for the first two books from my upcoming book series Sins of the Virtuous. I’m also working on the next few books from the series.
Do you have a new release due?
I do! I have Heart of Stone due out 18th September. Also Lust & Chastity due for release 16th October. Both releases are from Beachwalk Press.
What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?
Usually a few glasss of wine with my hubby.
How can readers keep in touch with you?
They can find me on facebook, twitter and Instagram. Also email me at FayeHall@outlook.com.au
Is there anything else you would like us to know?
Just a huge thank you to everyone who buys my books! xo
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Faye 🙂
Isabella Miley was trapped. Her brother and protector was dead – murdered on a slave traders ship. And now the man she feared most, Samuel Buchanan, had papers placing her in servitude to him. She needed to get the signet ring and ruby necklace she’d hidden away if she were to be able to prove who she was. When Samuel threatened to make her his wife and offer her out as payment to all the debt collectors that were calling, she ran for her life and straight into the arms of Ruben Stoneheart. Before she could ask for his help she found herself dragged back to Samuel and into bondage.
Ruben wanted a peaceful life, far away from the blackbirding slave trade he had once been involved in. He had watched too many people die on those ships and all for a man’s own greed and want of a ruby necklace.
This wasn’t the life he wanted. He wanted peace. A wife. Family.
When the Irish beauty Isabella ran into his arms down on the docks, she stirred feelings in him unlike anything else. Never could he have imagined her to be as passionate as she was mysterious – or to be the wife of his once business partner Samuel Buchanan.
Curious how such a wondrous woman could end up entangled with a brute like Samuel, Ruben went delving into her past, eager to know more about this woman he was quickly losing his heart to. What he found was a slave contract with her name on it.
Hurt that she would hide such a thing from him, he confronts her with an ultimatum – Samuel or him.
Isabella’s fear demands that she must stay with Samuel until she could get back her freedom, but her heart is willing to risk it all on Ruben – a man rumoured to have a heart of stone.
He shrugged. “People will always gossip, Bella.” She pulled her hand away. “Why did you call me that?” “I didn’t mean to overstep my place, but I had to say it,” he explained. Reaching to her, his fingers ran along the soft, pale skin of her cheek. “Bella means beauty, something you most definitely are.” She lowered her face from his, but not before he saw the blush filling her cheeks again. “Please stay, Isabella,” he invited her again. “I really must go,” she said, hesitantly leaning into him and kissing him on the cheek near his lips. “Thank you again, Ru,” she uttered softly before turning and stepping away from him. She had just reached the door when she glanced back at him. “Bellymena.” “What?” he asked, confused by what she had just said. She smiled. “You asked where I grew up in Ireland. I grew up in Bellymena.” Watching her leave his office, Ruben knew he wanted more than anything to see this woman again. There was something about her that was so hypnotic. Driven by the need to know she was now safe from the men chasing her, he followed her from his office and back into the alleys that led to town. Losing sight of her momentarily, his steps quickened. Hearing a scream up ahead, he ran toward it. As he rounded the corner, he saw her being captured by two burly men; men he had seen act as deckhands on his father’s blackbirding ships. “You’re a slippery little thing, aren’t you?” he heard a familiar voice say as a third man approached a very terrified-looking Bella. His gaze going to the man who had spoken, his gut clenched. “Let me go, Samuel,” she yelled. “Please let me go.” Hiding in the shadows of the alley, Ruben watched as the old sailor walked toward her. He couldn’t believe the woman he had just been with was connected to the same man he was trying to prove a criminal. Samuel stopped in front of Isabella, his hands going to her chin, and Ruben found himself wondering exactly what kind of relationship lay between these two. As the older man’s lips connected to her, he couldn’t ignore her struggle to be free. “I will never let you go,” Samuel said when his lips finally left hers. “Without your brother here to protect you, you are mine to do with as I please.” Thinking now was the time he should again jump to this woman’s rescue, Ruben started to step around the corner toward those holding her captive. He’d only taken a few steps when a carriage pulled up and Samuel threw her inside before turning to his henchmen. “Find Ruben and convince him to give me that ruby necklace. Now!” he ordered before instructing the driver to take off quickly. Cursing himself a coward for not going to Bella’s rescue earlier, he kicked the earth beneath his feet. Everywhere he turned it seemed Samuel was there, his deception bleeding into every inch of his life. Even Isabella. But how was she connected to this evil man?
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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.