Paula Hayes


Hi my name is Paula and I love reading and writing and being with my four kids, six bunnies and three dogs. My favourite bunny Al is an avid reader and devours high brow newspapers while I prefer YA, autobiography, the classics and magical realism. Al doesn't get this genre at all and thinks it is far fetched.

I am obsessively fascinated with the past and history. I researched my WW1 veteran relative who served on the Western Front and found myself transfixed with his journey. I found an old photo of him together with an unknown comrade and created a whole story for the mysterious man. Did I mention the word obsessive? Anyway, I gave him some extra height, a chiselled chin and an afterlife that won't quit. It turned into my novel, Heart.

To offset my phantom soldier, I created a trio of teens, all are smart and sassy but each experiencing their own growing up pains (no imagination needed there!!)

I have written children books and contributed to a children literary magazine. Recently I have joined Kids Creative Tales as a book reviewer.
I really enjoyed writing Heart and I hope it brings you enjoyment. Al wishes you all the best too.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
I started off setting aside one day to concentrate on writing now I am trying to write everyday. I start off trying to capture all the things my characters have whispered to me in my dreams or as I doze. I can be sitting in the car waiting for the lights to change and suddenly a plot lightning bulb will strike me! Mostly I sit in my family room shooshing kids and waving them away as I bang away at the computer
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My five favourite books include The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald, Great Expectation by Charles Dickens and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey and The Shark Net by Robert Drewe.
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Price: Free! Words: 83,740. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
(4.00 from 1 review)
Three sixteen year old mismatched best friends inadvertently summon the soul of a lost WW1 teen soldier. Mayhem and madness are the natural result as the four work out you need HEART to solve an old mystery and to be a true friend.

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coming of age    family    first love    friendship    ghost    history    identity    supernatural    ww1    young adult