Interview with author Faye Hall

Meet Faye Hall, author of suspenseful nineteenth-century romance set in Australia.

1. How long have you been writing? Can you tell us a bit about your journey to publication?
I started writing right from childhood. I decided to take the plunge and write a
novel for publication whilst in my last year of high school. My English teacher laughed at me and told me I was wasting my time, which kind of gave me the determination to finally send it to a publisher.

A North Queensland view.

2. Why are you drawn to the late 1800s as a setting for your fiction? What opportunities and difficulties does the era and the location of North Queensland present for you as a writer and for your stories?
I’m from North Queensland, and I grew up on the stories of my great
grandparents and how they came to Australia and their struggles to survive. I’ve used a lot of that history in my books. Unfortunately my choice of towns isn’t a simple Google search away so I rely a lot on local history and photos. I picked the late 1800s because it was then my ancestors came to Queensland, but also because I just love Australian history.

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The Captain’s Ghostly Gamble: an excerpt

Short story The Captain’s Ghostly Gambleco-written with Catherine Curzon, will be published 11 September 2018. Available from PrideAmazonKobo etc. It’s a related title to the Captivating Captains series.

When a ghostly dandy and his roguish companion try their hand at matchmaking, things definitely go bump in the night.

For centuries, foppish Captain Cornelius Sheridan and brooding John Rookwood have haunted the mansion they duelled and died for. Now these phantom foes must join forces to save both their home and their feuding descendents.

But when Captain Sheridan sacrifices his afterlife for the sake of true love, will Rookwood risk everything to keep his companion by his side, or is it too late to say “I love you”?

Excerpt

John Rookwood peered through the grimy leaded windows and saw lights approaching along the driveway. It was the same every year—uninvited guests always arrived on their anniversary.

“Captain, they’re nearly here! Stop preening, man!”

“Guests!” Captain Cornelius Sheridan didn’t look away from the ornate mirror where he was admiring his own reflection. He beamed at himself before pouting, then placed one hand on his hip. As John watched, Sheridan turned a little to the left, a little to the right, admiring his own form, clad as he was in a suit of shimmering gold silk.

He frowned and adjusted one of his lace-shrouded cuffs very slightly, then considered his reflection again, turning his shapely calf a little before he leaned down to brush an imaginary smut from his white stocking. “Does one need more powder, Rookwood? One doesn’t want to look gauche for one’s chums!”

“You have natural pallor enough, Captain. Besides, they’re not our chums.”

A large conveyance had drawn up to the front door. John turned up the collar of his greatcoat, watching as two passengers, a man and a woman, climbed out.

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Interview with author CF White

Today, I’m welcoming CF White to my blog. Author of six m/m romances across three series of novels, she writes love stories with humour, drama and heat set in often gritty urban landscapes. So join me as I find out more about CF White – her characters, her influences, and more.

The three novels of the Responsible Adult series..

  1. How long have you been writing? Can you tell us a bit about your journey to publication? 

I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Since a very young age I wrote stories and novels. I used to rush home from school to write and whenever I’d go on holiday with my folks I always had to have a pen and paper to write on the beach instead of building sandcastles. By the time I was around 14 I’d written two novels. My parents were super supportive and did send off to a couple to publishers. Rejection is hard at any age but at that time, the rejection kinda stopped me in my tracks. Then, as is inevitable, life took over for a while (or I should probably say teenage social life). I went off to uni, studied film production and switched to writing scripts. Then the pressures to get a paid job on graduation thwarted any chance of writing for a living, so I got a job, I got a husband, kids followed and writing all but stopped.

Then a few years back, an idea I’d had roaming in my head for years came back to haunt me – it was about a footballer and his path from the academy to the professional playing field all while discovering his sexuality and falling in love with a man he couldn’t hide in the shadows. I had no idea about mm romance then, but a burning desire to write the story. So I did some research and found the mm community. I devoured books and suddenly became an instant fan. Knowing there was a market for gay romance novels, I slowly started to write my first book in fifteen years – The District Line. I was guided to the online platform Wattpad and plucked up the courage to post my chapters on there, just to see if there was anyone even vaguely interested in my book and if I had any talent at all. Cutting a long story short, The District Line became quite successful on the site. It was featured by the platform staff, excerpts taken up in Cosmopolitan magazine and suddenly I had a decent following. I came up with a few more ideas and posted more regularly. It was after a year or so of doing that, that I looked into publishing for real.

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