Good morning, readers! Today Faye Hall, author of the newly released Wrath & Mercy, has stopped by the blog today to chat about her latest book and more on the mind behind the book!
All About Faye
You wrote a book! That’s pretty awesome. Why don’t you tell us a bit about what inspired Wrath & Mercy and the rest of the Sins of the Virtuous series?
The Sins of the Virtuous series was born from my want to write my own twist on the 7 deadly sins. In my teen years I was quite intrigued by the history behind where these sins came from and then the movie Seven came out with Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman and I just had to put pen to paper. Story ideas go written down and scratched out for years before I settled on my final story plans. Wrath & Mercy is book 5 in the series and was inspired by the hushed up stories of smuggling that happened in northern Australia and the families that were roped up in it. I just added my own romantic twist to the theme.
Introduce us to your main character!
My heroine, Elina, is a very strong willed, independent woman who is ripped away from the man she loved and taken to Australia. Not long after arriving, her father is found dead and she is forced to take over his share in the shipping company. This is where she uncovers the smuggling her new partner is involved in, including the trade of Aboriginal children. In trying to free these poor young ones destined for a life as slaves, Elina’s own life comes under threat.
My hero, Finley, has always tried to follow the rules – that was until Elina gave him an offer he couldn’t refuse. What he thought could be the start of a new life with the woman he loved, quickly turned into him being forced to stay in England to search for his brother’s murderer whilst Elina sailed away from him. He swore he would follow her to Australia, but when he arrived she was nowhere to be found. Desperate to find her, he found himself willing to do anything, including become involved in the sordid, corrupt life of smuggling.
Walk us through a day in the life of Faye Hall.
Usually early mornings trying to sort out promo before I have to get the five kids still living at home ready for school and dropped off. Then it’s a mixture of household duties, caring for my parents, and what writing I can get done before doing school run. Afternoons are homework and spending time with kids and my husband, followed by late nights writing.
Lots of aspiring authors out there. Any advice for them?
To write from your heart. It’s important to write what you love, even if not everyone like it.
I know asking someone’s all-time favorite book is a loaded question so what’s your current favorite read?
I have so many from so many different genres, but my all time fav is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It’s controversial and epical and quite sad really. I love it.
Alright, the ultimate question: why should we read your book?
Because they’re different. I take my readers to a part of Australian history that few even know about and give them gritty, dramatic love stories that will stay with you long after you read the final page.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Quirky. Chatty. Unique.
What is your most embarrassing memory?
Head-butting a glass display window in a shopping center.
What is your Hogwarts house?
My daughter is a mad Harry Potter fan, so I’ve done these quizzes with her! Apparently I’m a Hufflepuff.
A famous movie producer wants to make your books into movies and they want you to cast your characters. Which actors/actresses make the cut?
I’d love to give some young Australian actors/actresses a chance. My choice would be Gwendoline Taylor (Spartacus: Blood and Sand) and Ryan Kwanten (True Blood)
You just won America’s Got Talent. What’s your talent?
Making farm animal noises.
This morning you woke up with the ability to time travel to only one time period. Where (or more accurately “when”) would you go?
Coffee or tea?
Best ice cream flavor ever?
Your theme song/personal anthem?
“I come from the land down under” by Men at Work
A bad first draft is better than a blank page
What is one piece of advice you would tell everyone?
Anyone can be normal, but it takes true talent to be unique.
About the Book
by Faye Hall
Series: Sins of the Virtuous #5
Published on January 28, 2019 by Beachwalk Press Inc
Genres: Adult, Romance
Would you show mercy to the lover who deserted you?
Finley Helmer thought he had it all when Elina invited him into her bed. He thought he found passion and love beyond compare. Instead he was thrown into a life of smuggling black opals, drugs and aboriginal slaves. When he was charged with murder, he fled town to escape the charges, vowing to return and ask his lover why she’d handed him over to the police.
Elina Clemence was ripped away from her home and the man she loved and brought to Australia to start her life anew. Her father promised her beauty and opportunity. What she found was a cruel and abusive business partner, and a step-daughter who wanted to destroy her.
Despite the constant accidents following her and threatening her life, Elina sets herself up as a profitable shipping tycoon, with control over most of the towns supply. Despite her powerful position, her heart still ached 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.
Will their love for each other allow them forgiveness, or will they fall victim to the horror that seems to be following them?