An Australian anthropologist and writer, Hayley is passionate about combining education and fun by merging science, technology and art in new ways.
Hayley holds a post-graduate degree in Molecular Archaeology (the study of ancient residues on prehistoric artifacts). She has studied biology, paleontology, indigenous anthropology and genetics. She writes non-fiction gaming and tech guides, science fiction and sometimes fantasy.
Touching on contemporary issues of environmental responsibility, animal rights and social activism, much of Hayley's work is led by her passion for conservation. Her novel, HUMAN, follows archaeologist Ivy Carter as she travels through time, uprooting prehistory and human evolution while baring the ultimate question, 'How do you truly define humanity?'
View the book trailer for 'HUMAN' in the video section of this page.
Hayley's family gaming channel on YouTube, SkyPandaAus, showcases the many different ways kids can explore the Skylanders universe. She enjoys gaming with her two young sons and is a fan of building elaborate castles in Minecraft.
She loves jazz, dinosaurs and magic hats. Find her at www.hayleycamille.com
Her published work includes:
Human - Book One in The Chronicles of Ivy Carter series published by SpearPoint Press
Avon Calling! - A superhero short story in "This Mutant Life" (Anthology) published by Kalamity Press
The Ultimate Player's Guide to Skylanders Trap Team - published by Pearson Education
The Ultimate Player's Guide to Skylanders SuperChargers - published by Pearson Education
Various chapter contributions and platform adaptations for bestselling 'Minecraft Players Guide' series - published by Pearson Education
on Sep. 29, 2012 :
This is a really good opening to what the author is saying will be a series of one-shots set in the same world. That's a fantastic idea, and seriously, I'm tempted to do something similar. There's so much you can do with that, and what the author has done with this story is set up a whole lot of questions that she'll answer (I guess!) in later one shots. However, while I'm really excited to read more of these stories, the one presented here has all the elements of a well written, stand alone, story. There's hints at background without necessarily going into too much detail, a central character with a powerful and sympathetic voice, and an ending that's pretty damn awesome. On a selfish note, I'm a writer if superhero fiction, and the descriptions of the character's 'powers' in this short story are fantastic. He really comes across as an elemental kind of 'spirit' - possibly in the vein of Swamp Thing or Black Orchid, but he's also really tied into his own world. I highly recommend this short story and this author. Barry-Smith has a great voice and I like that she will be releasing a novel next year.
(review of free book)