Maria Haskins


I'm a Swedish-Canadian writer and translator. I write speculative fiction and poetry, and debuted as a writer in Sweden in the 1980s. Since 1992 I live in Canada, just outside Vancouver, with a husband, two kids, and a very large black dog.

My short stories have appeared in Flash Fiction Online, R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast, and several anthologies.

I have had several books published in Sweden, including a novel, a collection of short stories, and three collections of poetry.

My English language debut 'Odin's Eye' - a collection of science fiction short-stories - was self-published in March, 2015. My book 'Cuts & Collected Poems 1989 - 2015' was released on November 9, 2015. It includes both new poems written in English, and my own translations of my previously published Swedish poetry. I am currently working on several short story projects, a science fiction novel, and various other writing projects.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Sweden, and moved to Canada in my early 20s. My parents both read a lot, and we had a ton of books at home. Ever since I was a child, I've been a voracious reader, and science fiction and fantasy were my favourite literary genres right from the start. The writers that have made the deepest impression on me are probably Ray Bradbury and Ursula K Le Guin. I love Bradbury's poetic style of writing science fiction (even though he's not as "hard" a sci-fi writer as some of my other favourites in the genre), and Ursula K Le Guin is just a spectacular writer whether she is writing sci-fi or fantasy.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing stories for as long as I can remember. My first published work was a collection of poetry in Sweden. I wrote it mainly while I was a teenager, and it was published when I was 20.
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Where to find Maria Haskins online


Trailer for Odin's Eye
A YouTube trailer for my soon-to-be released collection of short stories "Odin's Eye".

Q&A with Maria Haskins, author of ODIN'S EYE
Q&A with Maria Haskins, author of ODIN’S EYE, about the cover and title of her collection of short stories. Odin’s Eye will be released March 16th, 2015. The book is available for pre-order from Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Apple iBooks. Find more pre-order information here:

Odin's Eye: now available online!
My ebook "Odin's Eye", a collection of science fiction short-stories, is now available!


Dark Flash 3
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,290. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » General
Nine flash fiction tales by Maria Haskins. Ranging from science fiction to dark fantasy to horror, these nine tales will bring you into strange worlds and strange woods, where you might meet monsters and wolves, trolls and dogs, and what seems like a kindly old cleaning lady in an elevator. Nothing is quite what it seems here, and that's what makes these tales both weird and wonderful.
Dark Flash 2
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,280. Language: Canadian English. Published: December 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Ten stories of dark fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Wolves and angels, witches and robots, beasts and lost children...there's a bit of everything in this collection of flash fiction! All ten stories originally appeared on R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast, and are now available as an ebook for the first time. This is a sequel of sorts to Dark Flash, published in 2016.
Dark Flash
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,460. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Eight stories of dark fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Featuring unicorns, pirates, a cat, a demon, magic, and glimpses of mythology - there's a pinch of everything in this collection of flash fiction. All eight stories originally appeared on R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast, and are now available as an ebook for the first time.
Lost And Found - A Short Story From ODIN'S EYE
Price: Free! Words: 6,390. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Somewhere in the vast depths of space, a mission has gone horribly wrong. Now a woman is trapped all alone on an alien planet with nothing but her pain and her harrowing memories. At least, she thought she was alone... Lost And Found is a chilling and evocative science fiction short story from Maria Haskins' book ODIN'S EYE.
Cuts & Collected Poems 1989 - 2015
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,580. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
'Cuts' is Maria Haskins' first collection of poetry written in English. Also included in this book are her three previously published collections of poetry: 'Blå' ('Blue'), 'Honung' ('Honey'), and 'Den tredje' ('The Third'). All have been translated from the original Swedish to English by the author, and are available in English for the first time.
Odin's Eye
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,260. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
These twelve evocative science-fiction short stories follow twelve individuals in a distant, or maybe not so distant, future. Each character is facing a challenge or choice that will change the course of their life, and might also affect the fate of humanity itself.

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