Interview with Faye Hall
Re:Fiction: Tell us a little about your earliest days of writing. What age were you? What kind of fiction did you write? How was it received?
Faye: I started writing verses and little ditties pretty much as soon as I could write. Once I got to High School I used my writing as a way to deal with all the confusions that go through a teenage mind. My friends and family always supported me and just accepted that was what I wanted to do. My English teacher however told me I was wasting my time and needed to accept I would never be good enough to get anything published.
Re:Fiction: When did you realize you’re serious about pursuing a writing career?
Faye: Being told I wasn’t good enough was hard to hear as a teenager, but it didn’t stop me writing. By my senior year of school I tried my hand at writing a romance story. The joy I felt from creating the characters and storyline was unlike anything I ever felt before. That was when I decided to send one of my pieces to a publisher and hope they saw in me what few others did.
Re:Fiction: What was the first piece you ever got published? How hard was it to get your first acceptance?
Faye: My first published work was Mistress of Purity. It was taken up by a small publisher that went broke about a year later. They were one of ten publishing houses that I submitted my work to and they were the only one that thought it was great and offered me a contract.
Re:Fiction: How do you approach a new writing project? What kind of preparations do you make?
Faye: I wish I could say I have a definite plan but with such a busy family life that isn’t the case. I spend a lot of my time jotting notes in my phone while waiting to collect kids from school or at other appointments. The one thing I do try to always do though is plan out a character description. The rest I usually have to make up as I go along and the story grows.
Re:Fiction: What are your writing habits? Do you have daily or weekly goals? Do you have regular hours? A regular workspace?
Faye: I do have a regular workspace in my bedroom at my computer – my bedroom is very large. As for time, I strive to get at least a few thousand written at night after the children have gone to bed and when my hubby is at work. Due to my family life I am very much a ‘write when and where I can’ sort of writer.
Re:Fiction: How do you slog through the challenge of writing a full-length novel? What keeps you going? How do you keep the passion alive?
Faye: Funnily enough what keeps me going is the anticipation of finding out how the story ends. More often than not I have no idea until I write it.
Re:Fiction: Do you ever run into writer’s block? If so, what do you do to overcome it? How well does it work?
Faye: I have gotten stuck a few times, or simply disheartened. When that happens I always go to my husband and talk to him about it. He then gets me talking about whatever I’m currently working on, or what’s coming next and after a couple of days of this I tend to get back into writing.
Re:Fiction: Tell us a little bit about publishing a bestseller. What does it take? How can a writer help make it happen?
Faye: They always say it’s all about a strong story, or characters, but in all honesty it takes quite a lot of luck. I’ve had books sell really well that I thought wouldn’t and vice versa. The biggest thing is trying to get your work out there and known about and hope the readers will do the rest for you.
Re:Fiction: What is the best tip you can give to new and intermediate writers in general?
Faye: You need a strong backbone in this industry. You will be given so much advice and be ripped down so many times, but it’s always important to stay true to your heart and write what you feel. This emotion will shine though in your work.
Re:Fiction: What is the best tip you can give to new and intermediate writers in your genre(s)?
Faye: To not be afraid to try something new to try to stand out from the crowd.
Faye Hall, thanks so much for sharing your experience and wisdom with us writers!
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