The Story Behind The Story: Guest Post By Author Faye Hall @FayeHall79

Have you ever wondered about the Author behind a book? I do, all the time. I asked Author Faye Hall to list five things about herself, and her book, Mistress of Purity, that others may not know. The following are her answers. You might be a bit surprised! Enjoy! 🙂

5 things you didn’t know about Author Faye Hall:

avatar_thumbI absolutely hate writing a synopsis for my books when I plug them to a publisher. I literally carry on like a child not wanting to do their homework.

I name a lot of the characters in my books after people in either my husband’s or my own family tree.

I hum the theme song from the original Inspector Gadget TV cartoon show when I’m having trouble figuring out an interaction between my main characters. For some reason it actually helps me get back on track in the story.

I have over 40 tattoos – including on my legs, my arms, my ribs and almost my entire back. I also have theatre masks on my…well…let’s just say my jeans cover them up.

I have over 100 unfinished manuscripts on my computer that are still literally in pieces and yet to be written as a whole book.

5 things you didn’t know about Mistress of Purity:

Mistress of basic story of the book – two people who are willing to surrender to each other until they realize their lives have already taken them separate ways; only to be joined together again, fighting the attraction they had for each other – is based on the way I met and our eventual relationship I had/have with my husband.

Mistress of Purity is actually the first book I ever wrote. I wrote it when I was in high school but given the emotional rollercoaster of my own personal life I couldn’t bear to send it to a publisher.  It has only been in the last couple of years I was able to pick the script up again.

The sub-character’s – Rosie and Tommy – were never meant to end up together when I began writing this book. It was only as the story developed that their relationship seemed like the natural course of things.

Gareth’s description is based on my husband.

Early in the book, Prue mentions to Gareth about planting a new crop called sugar cane. Sarina, the town the book is set in, was actually one of the first towns in North Queensland to grow the crop.

Mistress of Purity, coming soon!

Book Synopsis:

Prue had seen something the night her father was murdered – something that would forever change her life…

…She had seen something that would continue to haunt her and follow her wherever she went.

When she had married the Earl of Malloy, Prue had hoped to be able to hide under his name and at his out of town estate.

What she had not thought was to become his son’s MISTRESS OF PURITY.

 Gareth had sworn never to return to his father’s estate, not to the life he had once thought to have there.

He had hoped that the man he had grown in to was no longer hoping to find the love of a woman he knew could not possibly exist.

What Gareth had not wanted was to find his comfort in the arms of his father’s young wife…a woman he knew was hiding far more than just one secret from him.


“Prue, I’m Jack Malloy’s only known child and heir, there was no other who could inherit the Malloy estate.  I’m curious though to know why you told me all the earl’s possessions were left to me, Prue.  You were his wife, madam; you shared his bed even if it were for such a short time, what was it he left to you?”

Prue quickly darted her eyes down to where her fingers were again fidgeting with the rings on her fingers.

“Your father only asked that I be allowed to stay living here so I might remain safe from any who might wish me harm.”

Gareth was still.  “I still don’t understand, Prue.  Why should my father insist in his will that I take you under my charge at this estate instead of at my own?”

Prue slowly raised her eyes up.  “Your father’s will is several months old, Gareth.  He wished for me to stay living here because he knew of the dangers that would fall on the estate and all who lived here should I leave.  The earl just thought he was doing what was best for both the estate and me.”

Gareth quickly approached Prue, his annoyance obvious at her continued avoidance to answer his question.  Stopping in front of her, he gripped the top of her arms painfully with his palms.

“Damn it, Prue.  Will you just tell me what was written in my father’s will?  What exactly is it he has left to me?”

Taking on a confident stance, Prue made sure her stare didn’t falter from Gareth’s intimidating one.

“You’ve been left the Malloy estate house and all its surrounding properties with the aggreeance the current servants remain in your employ. You have the small amount of money from your father’s accounts, and…”

“And what, Prue?” he asked impatiently, his hands shaking her softly when her words drifted off.

Prue let out a short shaky breath, her eyes never faltering from his.

“And you’ve been left me, Gareth.”

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