Austin Hackney


Austin worked for two decades in children's theater and television, in the UK and Europe, before dedicating his time to writing.

Praise for Austin's writing:

"A thoroughly realised situation, a beautiful world and a convincing heroine ... original and interesting. I never wanted to stop reading!" ~ Philip Womack ~ Contributing Editor at Literary Review and critically acclaimed author of The Liberators

"A fabulous mix of high adventure, imaginative fantasy and a quiet but powerful message about friendship, courage and trust." ~ Amanda Littlejohn ~ writer and educator, contributor at Hubpages

"What a brilliant book! I was utterly gripped." ~ Eve Merrier ~ author, editor and librarian.

Austin's had short fiction, for both young people and adults, published under his own name in Aquila Magazine, Dark Tales, Scribble, The Criminal Class Review, Unsettling Wonder, Stupefying Stories, Quarter Reads, The Young Explorer's Adventure Guide and forthcoming in SQ Magazine (July 2016).

Beyond the Starline, the first volume of his much anticipated Middle Grade/ early YA steampunk trilogy, The Dark Sea, released by Clockwork Press, has been highly praised. To be the first to know when other books in the series are released and for other goodies, sign up to the newsletter at

Austin in a nutshell: Writer, Storyteller, Fabulist, Field Ornithologist & Bird Ringer, Wildlife Gardener, Eccentric, Free-Thinker, Apolitical Eco-Socialist. Book, Art & Music lover.

You can find Austin dreaming up the next adventure in his secret word laboratory. But it's easier to catch up with him on Twitter. His handle is @AGHackney Go introduce yourself - he's friendly!

Fiction Genres: Science Fiction, Horror, Literary Fiction, Fantasy, Steampunk, Weird West, Faerytales and Mythic Arts.

Where to find Austin Hackney online

Where to buy in print


The Dark Sea Trilogy
Steampunk adventures for everyone age nine and up.


The Island of Birds: Book Two in the Dark Sea Trilogy (Volume 2)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 44,640. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
A beautiful island. A rebellious princess. A terrible secret...When a princess discovers a sinister plot against her, she becomes a fugitive in her own kingdom and must choose between her honor and her Throne. A fast-paced steampunk adventure for everyone from 9 years old and up.
Beyond the Starline: Book One in the Dark Sea Trilogy (Volume 1)
Series: The Dark Sea Trilogy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,520. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates, Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
"Golden Compass meets Treasure island." An orphaned child. A mysterious device. Cut-throat pirates who’d kill to get it. When her mother is killed by pirates, a young girl is thrust into a dangerous quest to find her missing father.

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