Neil Hetzner


Neil (aka C.N.) Hetzner is married, has two children, and lives a mile from the edge of the continent in Rhode Island. Since his inauspicious birth in Indiana in 1948 he has worked as a cook, millwright, newspaper columnist, business professor, vacuumist, printer’s assistant, landscaper, railroader, caterer, factory worker, consulting editor, and, currently, real estate agent.

In addition to working, which he likes a lot, and writing, which he likes even more, he enjoys reading, weaving, cooking, and intrepidly screwing up house repairs.

His writing runs the gamut from young adult futurism to stories about the intricacies of families; however, if there is a theme that links his writing, it is the complicated and miraculous mathematics of mercy.


Job's New Job
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,040. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Kevin Speer’s wife, Rita, is killed by a hit and run driver in a stolen truck. Months later, Kevin is fired from his job. His reputation is attacked. As the middle-aged statistician stumbles through the days and months that follow, he is presented with possibilities to make a new life to replace what has been lost. Will he have the courage to take them?
The Intricate Art of Making Old Friends
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,530. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Sixty-four-year-old Mark Gleasoin, fresh out of a halfway house, decides he needs a friend to stay sober. But, who? Hodge, the crazy bulldozer operator at the recycling center where Gleasoin works? Phil Hohner, a retired professor who is going blind? His ex-wife, Serafina, who has MLS? Maybe Myrna, a magnetic but confrontational woman? Or, should he turn back to his old friend—Jim Beam?
Not Again
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,750. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
In 2026, the discovery that a lethal manufactured virus has been used to infect a controversial former National Institutes of Health director compels some government agencies to search for the answer to who made the virus and why, while other agencies try to suppress any information that a new virus may be loose to avoid a panic. Caught in the middle is Hume Parkerton, the infected victim.
Thoughts Before Sleep
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,860. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
The darkly humorous perils of a sad, lonely overweight woman who finds the courage to get divorced after thirty years of marriage and look for love on-line.
The Crystal Wielder
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,430. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction, Fiction » Adventure » General
In The Crystal Wielder, the second volume of The Annals of Amarna, Astrid returns to Earth with the centuries' old camel rider, Bes. As the two of them continue their quest to find the Mother Lapis, a powerful crystal missing for millennia and crucial for Amarna's survival, their friend Raymond is captured by Bukharians and enticed with the glory that could be his if he leads an attack on Amarna.
The Crystal Maker
Price: Free! Words: 91,830. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Using the power of crystals she has grown, two misfits, seventeen-year-old Astrid and the chess-obsessed Raymond, escape the men, who are trying to steal the crystals, and travel to the barren world of Kemet. After crossing the Dustlands, they to find Astrid's long-missing mother in prison and their own freedom threatened by the descendants of a civilization once ruled by Queen Nefertiti.
Leaving by Degrees
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,260. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In a small college town love in many guises—simple, complicated, aging, ongoing, incomplete, rejected, obsessive, Platonic, sexual—tie together a lecherous novelist and a manipulative student, a caregiver wife and her demented husband, a sober alcoholic grandfather and his angry, defiant grandson, a dying botanist and his fair weather friends.
Left Behind
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,260. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When her husband dies unexpectedly, Babette Carter finds herself backtracking across her life as an honored author and college professor to her childhood growing up poor and abused. Using friends and her sister Trina as catalysts, Babette tries to come to terms with why she hid so much of herself from her husband, her friends, and, as she discovers, from herself.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,180. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Twenty years after the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum robbery, Marcie Sullivan thinks Colby Reech, the demented artist she is caring for, could be the mastermind of that unsolved mystery. He also seems to know too much about her brother's murder. The cryptic things Reech says--are they the meanderings of someone losing his mind or clues to a half billion dollar fortune?
A Poisonous Sun
Price: Free! Words: 26,840. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2014 . Categories: Screenplays » Action Adventure
A colony of aliens trapped underground in the Peruvian jungle find their existence threatened when a roughneck oil driller and his dying sister arrive. After Keely and the alien Tupa meet they discover there may be a way both for Keely to get well and the aliens to come out of their underground prison. But old beliefs die hard and Keely and Tupa’s new beliefs may get them killed.
Pick and Roll
Price: Free! Words: 24,060. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2014 . Categories: Screenplays » Action Adventure, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
A wheelchair bound veteran of Afghanistan returns to his hometown and finds that his battles continue after a drug dealer murders his best friend. With a his Ranger skills and a tricked-out wheelchair, Rain Beausoleil goes back to war.
A Comedy of Dreams
Price: Free! Words: 22,490. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2014 . Categories: Screenplays » Comedy, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
A madcap romp happens when an Italian hating Mafia don, his disinherited gay son, the son's cross-dressing lover, a crazy shrink, an on-the-make newly ordained priest, two devout parishioners of a dying parish, a Broadway producer trying to keep his head above water, and a rabbi with a knack for etymology chase a mountain of drug money and their own conflicting dreams.
The Ant Farm
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,000. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(3.67 from 3 reviews)
When Gene Almsson is forced into retirement after more than thirty years traveling the country helping the poultry industry, he finds it hard to go from advising wealthy people and earning their praise to doing dishes and finding ways to pass the time. He doesn't like his new life and he likes it even less when his daughter and one year old granddaughter move in.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,110. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
In the aftermath of 9/11, love gone awry in the 1940s comes full circle, uniting and re-uniting six intertwining lives. Disconnected explores the serendipity of our hates and loves, the resilience of our hearts, and the simple magic of mercy.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 114,210. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Newly sober alcoholic Jaxsie Duerile weaves sordid tales of drug abuse, sexual encounters, and a tortured family history in her sessions with buttoned-down psychologist John Willow. With each session, Willow becomes more obsessed with the bright, beautiful, broken, and, ultimately, maddening Jaxsie.
Warm Winter's Garden
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 111,990. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A family is an organism. When Bett Koster, mother and grandmother, is diagnosed with breast cancer, she finds she must adapt some and discard other of the rules she has used to live her life for more than sixty years. As Bett makes the changes she needs to be able to fight for her life, her family is forced to change how they think and act toward Bett, each other, and, especially, themselves.
Martyr's Dream
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,310. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Two gay priests struggle to reconcile duty and desire. The choices they make over the course of twenty years ripple out, twisting them and those they touch into an ever more tangled web of secrets, betrayal, and revenge.
Price: Free! Words: 160,240. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
It's 2097 and teens can fledge and grow wings. Fifteen year old Prissi Langue loves flying, school and her friends. However, after Prissi finds pictures of her dead mother with the man who invented fledging, she begins an investigation that uncovers long hidden secrets. Suddenly, it seems like everyone wants Prissi dead. Can Prissi fly far enough and fast enough to escape her enemies?

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