Australia the land of koala bears, Vegemite sandwiches and the glorious Sydney Opera House.
It’s also a land that gave us the iconic rock band INXS, and talented actors like Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.
And to book lovers Australia gave us the late Colleen McCollough, Geraldine Brooks, Tim Winton and Matthew Reilly.
You can now add Faye Hall to that list of notable writers.
A loving wife, mum and stepmother, Hall’s collection of mostly historical romance use elements of suspense, mystery and criminal activity like murder.
Among Ms. Hall’s books include Temperance and Indulgence, Amorous Redemption, Heart of Stone, and Lust and Chastity. Her latest novel, Apathy & Vigor (part of her Sins of the Virtuous series) is to released on August 20, 2018.
I was fortunate to get an email interview with Ms. Hall (going from Wisconsin to Australia would be one hell of an Uber ride). Thanks Faye Hall!
1. How long have you been writing?
I started writing from a very young age. I finally took it seriously toward the end of high school.
2. Why do you focus on historical romance and suspense? Please describe your latest book?
As a child I loved to watch Agatha Christie movies with my mum, but I always thought they could do with a bit more romance. One day I decided to write that. My latest book, Apathy & Vigor, is a little bit like a beauty and beast story. Tristen is a very handsome, wealthy man who is scarred by the fire that killed his best friend. He is reunited with the woman he loves, Amalie, who is hiding from the police.
3. What challenges have you faced as a writer?
Oh there’s always challenges. My biggest at the moment is trying to find the time to write more. Then there is the odd bad review, but that goes with the job.
4. How writers treated in Australia?
I live in a very small country town, so there’s little writing community here. I tend to use the internet the most to connect with other authors.
5. What advice would you give to other writers?
To write from the heart and try not to give up too easily.
6. What are your future plans?
I still have a few more books in the Sins of the Virtuous series that I have to finish. After that I might go back to stand alone titles for a bit.
And here is a snippet of Ms. Faye’s writing for your reading pleasure:
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.