Interview with mystery author Faye Hall

My guest today is Faye Hall. She’s chatting with me about
her steamy historical romantic suspense novel titled Shrouded Passions.
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.

Welcome, Faye. Please tell us about your current
Shrouded Passions is a tale of murder, lies, deception, and love set in the outback under
the Australian sun.
Here’s the blurb:
A past of stolen gold, lies, and murder joined their families together.
It was a past that Devon Munroy and Lotte Higgins knew nothing about. All they
knew was the passion they felt for each other. When Lotte is shot and dies in
Devon’s arms, his world is destroyed.
years later Devon has married the person his father handpicked for him, but
he’s still grieving for the woman he lost. He’s a mere shell of the man he once
was, his life having become a drunken haze without meaning. Then he meets a
woman who reminds him so much of his lost love it makes his heart ache.
Lotte has been in hiding for
years, but when more bodies began turning up around town, all brutally murdered,
she knows it’s time to bring down the person who tried to kill her. And Lotte
knows who is was—the woman Devon is now married to. Changing her looks in order
to keep her true identity hidden, Lotte takes a job in their home, hoping to
find some proof of the woman’s crimes. But can she resist Devon when she’s so
close to him? And when the truth comes out will Devon be able to forgive her
What inspired you to write this book?
I guess I always thought that
wouldn’t it be great if there was such a thing as a second chance with the one
you loved, a way to finally be with the one you ached for the most. It stemmed
from there.
Excerpt from Shrouded
Devon’s steps were measured,
suddenly fearful what was to become of Lotte and himself. “What are you going
to do with us?”
“Whatever I want, my boy.”
George smiled evilly at them.
Without warning, Devon
lunged at the older man, struggling with him for the weapon. George fought back
strongly, until Devon feared he would lose this fight. In desperation, Devon
laid his hands on the weapon, struggling to try and knock it free from the other
man’s hold.
Suddenly, a loud shot echoed
throughout the cottage.
Hearing a scream, Devon
turned instantly toward Lotte, a sickening feeling in his gut. Watching her
fall to the ground, Devon let go of George and rushed to her, sliding along the
floor and catching her just as she was about to hit the floor.
Studying her frantically,
Devon prayed to every god he knew that Lotte had just fainted out of fear, but
seeing the blood seeping through the fabric of her dress, he knew wasn’t the
“Lotte!” he cried, lifting
her onto his lap, his hand cradling her face against his chest. “You’ll be
fine, honey. It’s just a little nick.”
Lotte didn’t move though.
“Lotte, please!” he cried,
tears welling in his eyes as he cradled this woman he loved in his arms. “You
need to hang in there, honey. Just a little bit longer and help will be here.”
Just then, loud voices were
heard outside the still open cottage door as Jack Munroy and his servant,
Andrew Hult, came barging inside.
“What the hell have you
done?” Jack roared as he rushed toward his son and the dying girl he was still
“Devon shot her,” George
said immediately. “Your son will hang for this, Jack.”
Jack turned to his tearful
son. “Did you shoot her?”
Devon looked at his father,
desperation filling him as he replayed the events of the evening over again and
again in his mind.
was a s-struggle. The g-gun went off…”
Jack went over to his son,
pulling him from the ground. “You have to get out of here!” he yelled, shoving
Devon toward the door of the cottage.
Devon fought against his
father. “I won’t leave her.” He tried to go back to Lotte’s still form, but
Jack stopped him. “Lotte!” Devon screamed, hoping that alone might wake her up.
Lotte still didn’t move.
“Get out of here, Devon!”
Jack yelled, dragging him with him. “Now!”
“Let me go, Father!” Devon
roared, fighting against the older man’s hold unsuccessfully. “I have to save
her. I have to be with her!”
“There is nothing you can do
for that girl now, Devon,” Jack said firmly, directing his son through the door
of the cottage. Stopping briefly, he turned back to look at his servant. “Get
it cleaned up, Andrew. Take the body to the woods.”
“No!” Devon screamed as his
father led him away from the cottage and to his own carriage.
Jack threw his son inside
the carriage. “Get him out of here!” Jack screamed at the driver.­
What exciting story are you working on next?
There are a few smaller
stories in the works. One is titled Amorous
and it’s very loosely based on the story of my great
grandparents’ life when they first moved to Australia. I’m almost finished Deceit & Devotion, a tale of a
station owner who hires a native man to investigate her husband’s cheating ways
and ends up having an affair with him. I’ve also started the first of a seven
book series. The series will be titled The Bountiful Burdekin, and each story
will have a take on the seven deadly sins.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Yeah I do still struggle
with that title to be honest. I still have so much I want to achieve before
I’ll be happy to call myself that. Maybe after book number ten is released I’ll
consider myself a writer.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day
like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to
I can’t write full time as
I’m the mother of 5 children and step mother of 4 children. At any one time
there is up to seven children in our home to run around after for school and
what not, as well as keep the house running whilst my husband is on shift work.
I do find the time though mostly at night after the children are in bed or
whilst they are at school.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I tend to hum weird tunes
when I’m thinking of what to write next. The usual tends to be from children’s
tv shows from the 80’s.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to create worlds
for people to live in and have adventures in whilst falling in love with their
soulmate. So I started writing books.
Anything additional you want to share with the
I have a thing for
tattoos. You can actually see a few of mine in my profile picture. I think in
total I have about 40.
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