Secrets, desires and betrayals…the perfect concoction for a fiery romantic novel. In Faye Hall’s soon to be released She’s A Lot Like You, one woman has returned to her roots, seeking revenge and faces an obstacle she hadn’t prepared for: the former love who broke her heart but left her with a passion she’ll always remember. Can old flames be reunited, despite a scandalous past?
Interviewer: Christy Campbell
Tell us about your latest release.
My latest release is She’s A Lot Like You, and it will be released in April 2014. Set in 1860, in the town of Ravenswood, Queensland, Australia, it tells the story of young love torn apart by the deceitful lies of their families. Reunited finally to reveal the truth behind their families’ secrets and to experience a love neither ever dreamed could exist.
How did you get started as a writer?
I started writing poems and short stories at primary school. While most kids were in the playground, I’d be under a tree somewhere, or in the library writing little things. Most of what I wrote was influenced by the people I knew, or certain people I saw that just kind of managed to stay in my mind.
When did you decide to branch out into the romance genre?
I would have been about 15 when I wrote my first romance. It wasn’t really planned, though. The words were all kind of just there in my head until I just had to write them down. It was as I wrote the ending, were the two main character got to live happily ever after, that I realized this style of writing was definitely for me.
What kind of research do you do for your book material?
My books are all set in North Queensland, Australia in the late 1800’s so I’ve had to research a bit about the towns there at the time, and what the lifestyle was like. The main bit of research I’ve had to do though is regarding the few mentions of native remedies used by the Australian Aboriginals. That was extremely interesting.
Your books contain a fair bit of mystery and drama even though they are romances. Why did you decide to throw those concepts into the mix?
I grew up watching old Agatha Christie movies with my mum and I loved all the twists and turns and scandal they detailed. But then I loved the old classic romance movies too. I always thought if I could find a movie that contained all this it would be my perfect one. As when I write I see each scene playing like a movie in my head, I thought maybe I should give it a go trying to write such a style myself. And so I did.
You hail from Australia, as does the setting for your books. What’s special to you about this location?
I love my country. I love the rustic realness of it all. And I feel it isn’t a setting that’s been done to death. I thought if I could maybe bring a little bit of Australian history out in my stories that could only be a good thing.
What’s a typical day like for you when you devote yourself to writing?
I have quite a large family so I rarely get a ‘day’ to devote myself to writing. Most of my writing is done after my kids are in bed or early in the morning before they wake up. But usually my husband makes me a cup of tea and I just sit in front of my computer and type whatever story is flowing from my mind at the time. I have rough notes down about what I’d like to happen in the particular story I’m working on, but as I constantly tell my husband ‘it is subject to change’.
When asked to name three, short facts about Faye the person, not Faye the author, what would those be?
I grew up in a very small rural town in North Queensland, Australia. Between my husband and me we have 9 children. And, here’s an odd one, I’m allergic to artificial blue food coloring.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on something a little more different than my other books. It’s called ‘Passions in the Dust’. It’s set on a cattle station in Bowen, Queensland, Australia, and is about a man who send for a mail order bride from England. The woman who arrives was one of his mistresses back in England. There’s some cattle rustling and cows being poisoned by native aboriginal ways and…well…the rest you’ll just have to read about when it comes out.
We all dream, of course, about seeing our books in screenplay format. If you could make one of your book into a movie which title would you choose and who would portray your characters?
It would have to be ‘My Gift to You’. Chris Hemsworth (from the Thor movies & Rush) to play Bailey and Anna Kendrick (from Pitch Perfect & Twilight saga) to play Rush.
Where can readers learn more about your novels?
My websites http://www.faye-hall.com/
My blog http://www.faye-hall.com/?cat=16
My social media https://www.facebook.com/pages/Faye-Hall/174774709247649