Author Interview: Faye Hall, Avarcie & Charity
After Faye Hall published her first book, Mistress of Purity, she didn't have plans to write more. But as most writers know, they can't NOT write. "I never really decided to write more books, it just kind of happened. It’s more like I need to write. I get these ideas for stories and they plague me until I write them down." She's still going strong, having just released her 11th book, Avarcie & Charity. Check out her full author interview below!
1. List the titles of your published books (include publisher and year published) and your author website/Facebook page links.
Publications with Beachwalk Press Shrouded Passions 2016 Deceit & Devotion 2016 Heart of Stone 2017 Lust & Chastity 2017 Indulgence & Temperance 2018 Avarice & Charity 2018
Publications with Red Sage Publishing My Gift To You 2012 She’s A Lot Like You 2014 Mistress of Purity 2015 Passions in the Dust 2016 Amorous Redemption 2017
Author website https://www.faye-hall.com
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/fayehallromanceauthor/
2. When did you start writing your first book? Where did the idea come from?
I started writing my first book, Mistress of Purity, while I was in my final year at high school and the idea stemmed from a young man I had met a few years earlier before both his and mine life took us in vastly different directions. It was published by a company called Venus Press that closed down a few years later.
3. What was the hardest part about writing your first book? What hurdles did you have to overcome?
I think the hardest part was getting my first rejection letter. I received quite a few from publishers that claimed they enjoyed the story but didn’t like that it was set in Australia. I was even told if I chose a more traditional setting for my book then it would get published.
4. Once your manuscript was finished, what did you do?
I had done quite a bit of research whilst writing the book to find several publishers to send it to. As soon as I had the manuscript finished, I emailed it off and then stressed myself silly until I got a response.
5. What did you expect from the editing process? How was the experience?
I didn’t really know what to expect to be honest. I had learned a bit about editing through courses I did at school but nothing prepared me for all the formats and fonts that were classed as house style. I found the entire experience very educational and it actually encouraged me to do a course in copy editing and proofreading.
6. Describe what re-writing involves and how it makes you feel. How is it different than the initial writing?
I actually enjoy re-writing and find it easier than the initial writing process. I find it involves a lot of standing back and looking at how what you’ve written can be interpreted. It also involves a lot of typing and deleting and more typing.
7. Did you have non-editors read your book for feedback (Alpha Readers)? What did you get out of that?
I have never used beta readers. Usually if I have sections of my book that I’m struggling with or wonder how they would read to another person, I get my husband to read through the few paragraphs.
8. Who designed your cover? How much input did you have? How important is the cover design?
My covers were designed through the publishers, and I usually try to have a fair bit of input, making the cover sheet forms as detailed as possible. That said though I’m not the most fussiest of people either so I don’t tend to quibble over the slightest little thing.
9. How did you go forward with publishing? Why? How was that experience?
10. How have you marketed your first book?
I use many avenues to market my books but my favorite has to be visiting blogs. I really enjoy interacting with the people who comment and answering their questions.
11. How was the initial feedback from readers?
It was mixed, but that’s the business. Some people will love you and some will hate you. That said, some can be a little cruel in their comments but I have learned to have quite broad shoulders about it all.
12. How have sales been on your first book? Did they go as expected? What helps you the most to sell books?
Sales are up and down and given the flooded market at the moment, that is to be expected.
13. Talk about print vs ebook. Do you get more sales with one than the other?
I only have ebooks at this stage so I can’t really comment.
14. Did you set the prices of your print and ebooks? How do you decide how to price them?
My publisher sets the prices on the books.
15. What made you decide to write more books? How were those experiences (writing/editing) compared with your first book? Did you do anything differently?
I never really decided to write more books, it just kind of happened. It’s more like I need to write. I get these ideas for stories and they plague me until I write them down. But yes, I do write differently, but that is the natural growth of the writer. The only thing that hasn’t changed is that despite the constant rejections from publishers telling me to change the settings of my books, I still set my stories in Australia.
16. Anything different in the publishing process for your other books?
Not really, though I am much happier with the publisher I’m with now.
17. When did you consider yourself a "writer"?
I still don’t. I keep telling myself that I’m not a writer until I have at least one best seller.
18. When do you write? What motivates you to write?
I am the mother of 5 school children, step mother of 4 adult children, a loving wife of a shift worker plus an avid gardener so I write when and if I can. My main motivation is to keep going is the dream of a best seller.
19. What do aspiring authors ask you?
Usually how do I manage to write so many books with so many kids haha.
20. What advice can you offer for aspiring authors about writing, editing, publishing, and marketing?
To do what you love, and take the advise but don’t change who you are just to get a book published either. And don’t let the negative get to you to much.