Derek Haines

Biography

Derek Haines is an author of fiction, historical fiction, essays and poetry and writes his books from a view of what fascinates him and not from a formula based on one theme or genre. Starting with poetry before moving into essays and novels, his writing is varied but is always written in a style that communicates with and engages his readers.

Most of all, the stories told by Derek Haines are about people, their feelings, regrets, hopes and struggles with life. Ordinary people, often a loser, but with extraordinary qualities that makes their story worth telling. While some stories reflect his own thoughts and beliefs, others are told from the view of characters who are sometimes dark and complex or childishly open. With splashes of allegory, black humour or simple satire, his stories can develop from the simplistic to the complicated and back again leaving the reader to decide if it is time to laugh or cry. Or both.

Born in Australia, but now living in Switzerland with his wife and his dog, his stories cross a wide geographical range but often draw from elements of his life and experiences in the two countries he calls home. From the rugged, dry and hot desert country of Australia and its crowded cities to the cafés of Europe and the peaks of the Swiss Alps. The hustle and bustle of Sydney to the quiet life of the Swiss countryside.

When not writing, he is usually doing what he equally enjoys. Teaching English.

Where to find Derek Haines online


Where to buy in print


Books

Pelf – Emily’s Men of Greed
By Derek Haines
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,090. Language: British English. Published: January 21, 2014. Category: Fiction
Money, murder and greed make very good bedfellows, and as Emily Rhodes unwittingly discovers, the men in her life are also much closer to each other than she could ever have imagined. Until she can escape from the clutches and their deceit and lust for ill gotten gains, she will never be able to put the shattered pieces of her life back together.
Eyes That Could Kill
By Derek Haines
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 83,570. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: August 26, 2013. Category: Fiction
When being abducted once, is just not enough. Find out more about Langley Garret's abductions and mysterious misfortunes, Greek mythology, gods and deities, secrets, and some more very nasty people, in Eyes That Could Kill.
The Few
By Derek Haines
Series: Eyes That Could Kill, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,430. Language: British English. Published: May 29, 2013. Category: Fiction
The Few - The sequel to The Sons of Cleito. Three months after his release, Langley Garret discovers that his abduction certainly hadn't been a mistake. He had only been extremely fortunate.
Twice Bitten
By Derek Haines
Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 39,040. Language: British English. Published: May 26, 2013. Category: Fiction
What happens when you put two vampire novellas in the same book? Twice Bitten is a collection of two charming novellas, both centered around a female vampire.
The Sons Of Cleito
By Derek Haines
Series: Eyes That Could Kill, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,440. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2012. Category: Fiction
Langley Garret's Sunday morning starts very badly after waking with a hangover and a depressed feeling of worthlessness, along with a foreboding sensation in his gut.
The Vandal
By Derek Haines
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 58,170. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
Who Is The Vandal? Many, many moons ago, a young man had dreams of becoming a rock guitar mega star and indulging wantingly in a sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll lifestyle. However, no amount of practice, no amount of digital dexterity and no amount of musical talent amounted to anything close to realising his dreams.
For The Love Of Sam
By Derek Haines
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,560. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2012. Category: Fiction
When any long relationship ends, a period of turmoil always follows. For Sam Atherton, the end of his marriage of more than twenty years leaves him feeling lonely, bitter, confused and depressed and fearing the thought of having to start a new life for himself.
One Last Love
By Derek Haines
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,720. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2012. Category: Fiction
Life has the habit of delivering its perverse twists at the most unexpected times.
The Glothic Tales
By Derek Haines
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 166,780. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2012. Category: Fiction
Ever since that fateful decision was made to descend from the trees, stand on two legs and eat fewer bananas, humans have looked back on the decision with regret. It was at that very moment in time, when we began feeling that we were being controlled. The one unsolvable conundrum though, has been who controls those who control us?
Camera Stellata - The Adventures Of Hal
By Derek Haines
Series: The Glothic Tales, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,760. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2012. Category: Fiction
Millions of years before February The Fifth, Gloth was making a nice little profit from the planet Erde with the help of some cunning Popes and the very, very secret Camera Stellata, sometimes better known as the Star Chamber.
Septimity - The Blood Brotherhood
By Derek Haines
Series: The Glothic Tales, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,700. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2012. Category: Fiction
Long after HAL and February The Fifth, the Gregorian Royal Family gene pool has degenerated so badly that the next Supreme Potentate of Gloth is destined to be be a boy idiot, whose father died racing him to the Palace garden. His father won the race by jumping from the Palace roof screaming, 'I win! I win!' just before meeting his death on a brick pathway alongside a beautiful bed of roses.
My Take Away Vampire
By Derek Haines
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,490. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2011. Category: Fiction
(3.00 from 1 review)
Although Agatha is over three hundred years old, it certainly doesn’t mean that she can’t adapt and fit into ugly post-industrial small town suburbia. Partial to the delights that an evening at McDonald’s often serve her, she waits at her favourite dimly lit corner table – for her kind of take away.
Dead Men
By Derek Haines
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 118,110. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2011. Category: Fiction
A story that may surprise, offend or shock, but will certainly not be forgotten.
February The Fifth
By Derek Haines
Series: The Glothic Tales, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,220. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2010. Category: Fiction
A young fool becomes king and quickly discovers he has some very nasty enemies. Particularly the ones who are shooting at him.
Vandalism Of Words
By Derek Haines
Price: Free! Words: 58,580. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2010. Category: Fiction
What Is This Book About Then? Great question. The answer is so splendidly simple. This book is about anything, everything and nothing. It is an ideal companion on a bus or train where regular interruptions are guaranteed as every part of this book is very, very short. Ideal also for parents of young children who get interrupted a lot by screaming, crying and toilet training.
Milo Moon
By Derek Haines
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,840. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2010. Category: Fiction
It all ended after World War Two. Or so it was thought. While medical and physiological experimentation on humans was repugnant and against all sensibilities, it remained valuable and above all highly profitable. Just simply believing something had gone away was good enough for most. But not for Milo Moon and Mary Seaton who became proof of an international conspiracy to hide the truth.
Loss, Limbo, Life and Love
By Derek Haines
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,190. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2010. Category: Fiction
The End…… I do not keep a diary, so I will fashion by ode, The events and the feelings of my difficult load. This rhyming journal will remind me in years, Of what I was feeling when I was so prone to tears. This is a note book of loss, and of finding my way, Back to a life, in a year and a day. I will let it all out on day three sixty six, For all eyes to see, what I felt, found and missed.
An Uneducated View of Sex, Food and Politics
By Derek Haines
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,020. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
Who is Derek Haines ? What is the meaning of life? Where do I fit in the scheme of things? What is this book about? If you are looking for answers to the above questions, this is NOT the place to look. This book covers many topics. But none in depth. It doesn’t ask too many questions. So logically from this perspective, it doesn’t answer many questions either. But it does have some recipes!
Louis
By Derek Haines
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 79,270. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2010. Category: Fiction
No one wants to be a spy. Circumstances create spies. For a young innocent boy, there was no choice. He was born to be a spy. This is the story of Teremun who begins life in Cairo and becomes my friend Louis in a small country town in Australia sixty years later. It is a story I have been wanting to tell for more than forty years. A story of a man who lived, and then disappeared from all memory.

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