Mistress of Purity was my third book released in 2015. And though all my books are held close to my heart there is a special reason why this one stands out above all the others. What I am asked most is where did the idea behind Mistress of Purity come from? Was there any reality in it or just pure fiction?
Here is the story behind my favorite book:-
It was a romance unlike any other. Two people joined together in passions and the allure of love only to be torn apart by the cruelty of reality, forcing each other to always admire each other from afar. Only on the briefest occasions were they able to succumb to their unquenchable passions, indulging in barely more than a touch of their skin before each was forced to return to the reality that had become their life. They lived this way for years before finally love conquered all and they were finally able to find their solace in the welcoming arms of each other.
This is the story of Mistress of Purity…and of Faye Hall.
As a young woman I met and fell in love with a young man that only the best of us could dream to find. We had a very passionate love affair before the cruelty of the world around us tore us from each other.
As the years passed us by our paths did still occasionally cross, but always it was all too brief and each time we were forced to return to the reality of our own lives. Years passed before finally we were again given our chance at romance, and though we were constantly hindered by the ghosts of our past, we held together stronger than ever before and finally we came out the other side of darkness with each other and with our children.
I began to pen the tale that would become Mistress of Purity when I was still at High School in Australia. But it wasn’t until many years later, when the passionate turmoil of my own life had come to a head that I finally had the courage to finish the story the way I’d always dreamed it should be and send it to a publisher.
The background setting for this very personal story of mine is the beautiful and historic township of Sarina, Queensland, a place that is still very close to my heart to this day. The historical allure of this town captivated me so much that I couldn’t help but wonder of similar romantic struggles our ancestors must have gone through in this place…struggles myself and my love would have gone through had we lived back then.
From this mere curiosity a whole journey into the past happened.
I needed to know everything there was to know about the history of this town I visited so often as a child. I searched historical records from the local library and on the internet eager to find anything that could give me a look into the lives of the people who settled in Sarina during the late 1800’s. My heart soared when finally I glimpsed faded photos of hotels that were no longer standing, and estate houses and cattle stations and farms long since destroyed. But with the good must also come the bad. Tears filled my eyes as I read through the struggles these English settlers went through when they first come to Northern Australia. There were so many people that gave their all only to pack their bags and move on when finally the township began to falter. It was the heartache of these strangers that pushed me to want to set Mistress of Purity not in the splendour of the growth of the township, but rather in the turmoil that remained when crops began to fail and families were forced to move on. From my own experience at love I found that it was in these most traumatic times that we cling to the ones we love the most.
My two main characters, Prue Bennitt and Gareth Malloy, both strong willed individuals, were also born out of the image of my younger self and the man I fell in love with. But in true fictitious style, they are also blessed with having to survive through many more conflicts than even we had to endure. That said, the emotions, along with the passions and the verbal exchanges that partake page after page between these two are more than just faded memories from my youth.
They are my history.
There is far more truth than fiction in this emotion driven piece of fiction, each word being written more from memory rather than from the creative panel of the mind. Laced together are personal attractions, conflict and heartache. These are then surrounded by the beauty of history and proven struggles that were needed upon the settlements of the townships of Northern Australia. Stringing together every heartfelt emotion are also many realistic mysteries about the characters heritage and shocking ties between each others families.
This is my story, and from this – the historical beauty of my home and my own journey of heartache to romance – Mistress of Purity was born.