Derek Haines


Derek Haines is an author of quite a number of books, however, he spends most of his time blogging, making technology go horribly wrong, and being a rather senior ESL English teacher.

Born in Australia, but now living in Switzerland with his wife and his black Cocker Spaniel, he passes many hours, trying to make technology work again, after inadvertently breaking it. It's a painful process, yet it’s such an effective self-study method in acquiring new technological skills.

As I’m a writer – I can change adroitly from the third person into the first person, and say that I love what I do and where I live, and also, that I am a Douglas Adams fanatic, bordering on a tragic. So much so, that by some spooky coincidence, my street address is 42. That’s so much more impressive than simply owning a towel and having ready access to peanuts and beer.

However, peanuts and beer are extremely important, as they provide essential sustenance during my bouts of obsessive writing, which although rare, usually take place in a horizontal position. I should mention here that I am very fond of acronyms, anagrams, allegories and alliteration, also.

In addition, I quite like commas. The Oxford type, or otherwise. However, quite perversely, I am not enamoured by quotation marks. I use them, singularly if possible, but even then, only under sufferance. As for semicolons; who really knows how to use them?

Aside from my never-ending punctuation conundrums, I enjoy life, good food, wine, beer, and I take each day as it comes – thankfully.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
Without a doubt, Douglas Adams is at the very top of my list. But after him, it's a mixed bag of delights, with Jasper Fforde, James Clavell, Erich von Daniken, John Pilger and Enid Blyton along with many more of course.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Being told what to do is something that I am not very good at, and probably why I have been self employed for most of my life. When it came to my writing, I had this same attitude, and struggled with the idea that if I used a publisher, I would be signing away not only the rights to my books, but also my freedom to write in my own words. So, self publishing or Indie publishing suited me far better. My books stay my books, and no one tells me that I have to write in a certain genre, or certain way, to suit the marketing department.
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This member has not published any books.