Paul Hawkins

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American author. I am happy to be a child of the space age and I still set my sights on great things. I put humor in everything I write because that is my disposition. If I chronicle the 20th century it is only because I have not given up on the 21st.

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Describe your desk
My desk is strew with scraps of paper with ideas written on them. When I decide to write, I have to go through them all to remember what goes with what.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up Catholic in fundamentalist Oklahoma where we might as well have been a different species. Also, I grew up in the space age, when they were launching the rockets that put men on the Moon. How has this influenced my writing? I am skeptical but optimistic, guarded but with room for hope if one has the strength of will to stay true to one's convictions and see past the BS.
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Where to find Paul Hawkins online


Fly Whither, Finch
Price: Free! Words: 17,500. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A middle aged man must come to grips with his loneliness as a widower while trying to reestablish a relationship with his estranged son. This in the context of his old neighborhood being lost to urban renewal.
Shepherd Creed
Price: Free! Words: 27,470. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A story that spans several decades and follows the life of a man in charge of designing state roads whose own life adjusts less smoothly to the pace of cultural and technological change. Humor, pathos. A novella - 27K words.
Angels and Electrons: A Sub-Suburb Tale
Price: Free! Words: 40,430. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Set in the sub-suburbs, where trailer park and white-flight suburb rub elbows, this story rollicks across decades, from the 1980's to the present. An addled man tries to escape the shadow of his genius but despairing father only to find himself subjected to the same temptations to find the answers to life in a radio device designed to talk to angels or the dead. A fat, Faustian German opera.
High Crimes and Mr. Wieners
Price: Free! Words: 5,700. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
When a local kid's TV show personality and his seven trained dachshunds get kicked to the curb in favor of generic PBS programming, the discovery of a hotdog-man suit in a fast food dumpster leads to a new career as a costumed crime fighter (hey, dogs have to eat). And will the lady in his life discover his secret? Okay, let's admit it - there is no lady in his life - just lots of mooched wifi.
Price: Free! Words: 2,220. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
In the tradition of "Moby Dick," "The Old Man and the Sea" and the great Ali-Foreman bout of 1974 comes a man vs fish story for the 21st century. It's survival of the fittest for George Miller, a down-and-out working stiff who has to beat the odds (and a really big fish) to reclaim his dignity. Short story, humor, around 2000 words.
A Cure for All Known Diseases
Price: Free! Words: 840. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Short literary fiction: Set in the 1933 Philippines: a woman yearns for something more from life while her doctor husband longs to make the world a safer, tidier place.
Short and Stupid: Ten Somewhat Dark Short Stories for a Rainy Day
Price: Free! Words: 6,160. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Now with seven bonus stories! Is man by nature evil, or stupid, or both? These short-short stories (plus seven bonus stories) let you decide. Great short reading for travel, leisure, or any occasion where you need to conscipuously ignore the person next to you. Short-short stories, humor.
Price: Free! Words: 8,280. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Two young friends are united by a crappy old car, dead-end summer jobs, and the endless desire to escape from tedium into the big wide world. One breaks free and gets the girl; the other gets an empty garage and a valuable lesson. Short story: humor, coming of age, around 8200 words.
The PBS Painter's Tale
Price: Free! Words: 2,370. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
He can paint happy dreamy landscapes in 30 minutes or less -- guaranteed! -- but can he convince his broody teenaged son that the real world is anything other than a cruddy, joyless hellhole? Inspired by (but not depicting) the great Bob Ross. Because every happy little tree needs a friend, and everyone needs to remember there are beautiful places even in a busy world.
The Werewolfening of Taffney St. Cloud
Series: Taffney St. Cloud, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 10,590. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Continuing the horror parody begun in "The Vampirenization of Taffney St. Cloud." A buxom alabaster slayer who works in her mother's hair salon must defend Sunvalleydale from undead activity and a zombie pyramid scheme, all on the eve of the Harvest Moon Ball. Will the world will be saved in time for a dance in the Community College gym? Brooding aplenty, but no dark-soled shoes allowed.
Zen and Loathing with the Gatsby's
Price: Free! Words: 7,480. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Set in Europe of the 1920's and 30's, a monied American expatriate moves in social circles with the luminaries of the day and comes to terms with the emptiness of his theosophical dabblings, even as his personal life spirals out of control. Excerpted from "Prometheus Fit To Be Tied." Short story, literary, around 7500 word.
The Vampirening of Taffney St. Cloud
Series: Taffney St. Cloud, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 7,370. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A broody suburban girl copes with her recent vampirening. Or is it vampirification? Having bit of fun at the expense of a popular genre.
Prometheus Fit To Be Tied
Price: Free! Words: 89,830. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Recounting 1939, the birth of a superpower, the twilight of a mostly rural America, and the misbegotten adventures of the last man in the world to know everything except what to do with himself. Comedy, romance, and drama unfold when a dissipated millionaire returns from Europe to his childhood home just in time to interfere with a rural electrifcation project and reawaken the town's old secrets.

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