Harlen Bayha

Biography

I was born. I nearly died of the flu a couple of times. Freaked my parents out some. Went to school, learned to read, hid under the covers with a flashlight and a book. Got an Apple IIe as my first computer, and started writing stories on it way back then. Sixty-four kilobytes of memory and real floppy floppy discs, baby. I got knocked off my bike or skateboard a few times trying to get home after junior high. That hurt. Then I got a car and nearly killed myself a few more times. I can vouch for the safety of the Volvo brand. Wouldn't be here without it. I started writing my first novel in high school. Finally finished it in 2012, about 20 years later. Don't judge. Now, I'm a Motivational Technologist, and people may laugh at the title, but they still use it every chance they get. I like that. And I'm healthy, happy, and have a great family. What I want now is to entertain people with stories. Let's do it. Under the covers, with a flashlight, baby. Read me. Read me all over.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I think so. It involved a futuristic tank air-dropping out of some sort of aircraft or spacecraft. The tank driver came from a culture that valued personal combat, and she or he was saddened by the fact that when the tank hit the ground, it would likely eliminate all resistance without her having to lift a finger. She just rode along as a backup to the onboard computers, I think. She ended up switching the tank to manual mode and getting killed for it by the enemy. I still like that concept. I wrote it when I was around 12 or 13 years old, and my school published it in some sort of district-wide magazine. I was pretty stoked.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
There's something cathartic about writing down the words that crash through my brain all the time, jumbling around and crashing into each other. Every vitriolic, self-absorbed, or (very occasionally) noble thought that I have just pass around and around until I simply forget them if I don't write them down. While capturing that constant story that goes through my head is pretty amazing, the real joy comes in watching the narrative story come to life, as if I hadn't written it at all. The editing process really allows me to flesh out a story and make it bigger, better, funnier, better paced, so that when I go and read the final product, it's as if someone else had written it. That is a weird feeling, but soooo cool when it works.
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Books

Whitefall
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,910. Language: American English. Published: February 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Kyla Farmer. Former human. Former demon slave. She thought she had earned her freedom, but it turns out the price was steeper than she realized, and now she's stuck in a bad psychic relationship with people who would gladly kill her over and over to learn how to become like her. Now, all she has to do is free herself. Oh, and prevent the destruction of an entire planet.
Demigod Conception
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,610. Language: American English. Published: April 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
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Kyla Farmer, a burned-out firefighter, becomes a powerful demon on a distant planet, far from everything she knew on Earth. Armed with strange allies and the power to shape her body as she sees fit, Kyla must decide how far she will go to become a demigod.

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