I see that you are a historical romance novelist. When it comes to historical places, one thing comes to my mind, and that is tours. If you historical tours, what would you like a visitor to see and what impact would you want them to take away with them when they leave?
Faye Hall: In my hometown in North Queensland, Australia there is a small WW2 memorial site where there are still bunkers and the remains of a radio and gun tower that I think anyone who visits the area should see. I would hope that those who visit the site realize just how close invading warships came to this little area of the world and the important part we played in saving our country from invasion.
TH: Writing historical stories must be a bit complicated when it comes to the plot. What do you think makes a romantic ancient story?
FH: I think the most romantic historical story is the struggle to survive the challenges of a new world together. All our ancestors went through in some degree or another, and the story of change is something we can all relate to.
TH: You would have to have a lot of feeling to write romance. Do you think if somebody wasn’t romantic, do you think they could write novels about love if they didn’t have strong sentimental feelings in real life?
FH: I don’t think so; otherwise, it would literally just be words on a piece of paper. To write a romance, an author has to put a little bit of themselves into the story.
TH: There must be some pretty hot material in your books. What does your family think about the books, and is there anybody who tells you that you shouldn’t write about the subjects you do?
FH: My family are all supportive. As I live in a small town, there has been the odd comment that I’d be more equipped to writing children’s books ( I have 5 kids), but realistically that’s just a few people’s opinions, and they don’t bother me too much.
TH: Writing is a real talent. It takes a lot of practice, skill, and a lot of advice. If you could ask one successful author one question about their writing, what would it be?
FH: I’d ask Amanda Quick about time management when it comes to releasing novels as she has released so many over the years.
TH: What do you feel are the ethics of writing about historical personalities?
FH: First and foremost, you must always give them the respect they are entitled to. Even if we think some of their ideas were backward, or they were not as educated as a modern society, it needs to be remembered that something was just a way of life for people who lived in the past.
TH: I’m sure there a lot of hot topics in your novels. What’s the most challenging job about writing characters from the opposite sex?
FH: For me, it truly is judging the emotional reaction of a man as it really is so very different to a females point of view.
TH: In your biography, it mentioned that one of the books had your great grandmother’s cattle station, Inkerman Downs Station. What other kinds of investigation do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
FH: So much of what is put into my stories come from stories I’ve been told about my own family, but I also rely on a few local history books that were written by some dear people that are no longer with us. It usually takes me a few days to find what I’m after, plus the odd shipping record search, before I can start putting those facts into my books.
TH: With the year being 2019, where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
FH: I’d imagine it would be hard to put yourself in the past so you can write about old times. I guess it helps to have a really good imagination sometimes. That said, ever since I was a child, I have loved watching so many movies, TV shows, and even documentaries about how people lived in the Victorian era that it’s usually pretty easy for me to imagine what things must have been like for those settlers that came to Australia.
TH: I noticed you have several books in a series. When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?
FH: I do have a series at the moment, and though they are all linked by area and a few minor characters, the books in Sins of the Virtuous are also stand-alone books.
TH: Can you give us your insights into what makes historical figure tick?
I like to think it was their level of manners and etiquette, even if those characters are spending most of their time trying to break free from such social bonds – which is mostly the case in my books.
TH: What is your current title, and can you tell us about it?
FH: Wrath & Mercy was released in January of this year and is the fifth book in the series. Here is the blurb:-Finley Helmer thought he had it all when Elina Clemence invited him into her bed. When circumstances forced them apart, he vowed to return to her as quickly as possible. He never imagined it would be years before he would be reunited with the woman he loves, and in the process, he would be thrown into a world of smuggling black opals, drugs, and aboriginal slaves.
Elina was ripped away from her home and the man she loved when her father took her to Australia to start a new life. He promised her beauty and opportunity. Instead, she found herself forced into a marriage with a cruel and abusive man, who has a grown daughter who’s determined to destroy her.
When her husband dies, leaving Elina his fortune, constant accidents follow her, threatening her life. Elina is a profitable shipping tycoon, with control over most of the town’s supply. But despite her powerful position, her heart still aches for the man she once loved who disappeared from her life without a trace.
Finding themselves passionately reunited, Finley and Elina discover the cruelty that tore them from each other. As they search for answers, they uncover the unrelenting wrath and vengeance of an opium addict who will stop at nothing until she has possession of the black opals she thinks they are hiding.
Can Finley and Elina escape the horror that seems to be following them, or will they fall victim to the greed of an addict? And can they find the courage to once again trust each other with their hearts?
TH: From your most current book, does one of the main characters hold a special place in your heart? If so, why?
FH: I really can relate to Elina, and she reminds me of a section of my life when I was much younger. She wants to follow her heart but finds herself trapped in a situation, not of her choosing, and she seems to continue needing to fight to be free of that restriction.
TH: What is one thing that is in the book that you did not include on the back of the book?
FH: There’s a little bit of scandal regarding Elina and Finley’s relationship that also travels throughout the story.
TH: Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?
FH: Just a huge thank you to all who have bought my books and supported me in some way, no matter how little.