Nick Hayden has never known exactly what to write in his author’s bio, but he’s willing to try.
Nick is married to his lovely wife Natasha, he is father to his wonderful son Fyodor. (No, we are not Russian.)
Sometimes Nick really loves to write. Sometimes, he prefers to dream about writing. Most times, he enjoys reading things he’s already written.
Without a doubt, he has to write. He truly believes that fiction is a lie that tells the truth. That is why he writes, and that is why he loves fiction.
He tends to read books published before his birth, though he is always willing to make exceptions. He tends to write speculative fiction, though he is always willing to make exceptions.
Nick believes in the redemptive sacrifice of Jesus Christ and believes that Jesus is the truth. This may very well show up in his writings, but hopefully won’t land like a piano from a third story window.
Above all, Nick hopes that something here will inspire you, entertain you, make you think, or simply make you smile. If not, he supposes he’ll have to keep at it until something does.
Where to find Nick Hayden online
The Wheel Is Broken: 10 Stories
A Children of the Wells story collection. "The Wheel is broken. In one day, the great city of Jalseion is broken." In 10 flash fictions, glimpse how its people–from the homeless beggar to the city’s Overseer–deal with the catastrophe and its consequences. This is a companion piece to The Select’s Bodyguard.
The Well's Orphan
Book 3 - Thyrion is ruined, and so is Calea.
Shattered by the discovery that magic is gone even in Thyrion, Calea is left to pick up the pieces of her life. With nowhere else to go, she enters the city with Bron and Nyasha, broken and searching for some thread of purpose. But is there anything for a crippled woman in a crippled city? Or shall she, too, go the way of magic?
The Select's Bodyguard
When Bron, bodyguard to the Select, is jolted awake by an explosion, he discovers Jalseion in flames. Everywhere people are dead, buildings collapsed, whole neighborhoods demolished. The scientific center of the world…burning. What has happened to the magic that powers the city? Bron banishes fear and uncertainty as he crosses the rubble with one goal: to find her. Nothing else matters.
Another World: 50 Snapshots
Spanning genres from humor to science fiction to everyday life, this collection of flash fiction gives the reader snapshots into 50 different worlds. The stories here were originally published at www.worksofnick.com. Proceeds from book go toward the 7th/8th grade D.C. Trip fund for the school where Nick Hayden is a writing teacher.
House of the Living
When scientists stumble across the perfectly preserved body of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, the first question is: How? But as one scientist spends his life studying the extraterrestrial crystals that caused its preservation, his questions become deeper, touching his deepest fears of life and death.
Vienna is a small Midwestern town like a hundred others, but if you look closely, it has its stories: the reporter who survives a lightning strike, the grandfather suffering from ALS, the emotionless bachelor trying to discover what love is. Collected here are five stories from Vienna, where ordinary people encounter the big questions of life.
Dreams & Visions
Five short stories of wonder, desire, and mystery from writer Nick Hayden (worksofnick.com), bound together by a sense that something exists beyond the natural that we haven’t quite found yet. Includes: The Memory, Lunatic Pandora, The Empty House, A Madman's Tale, and The Vision of Prince Frederick.
The Day After
An American mom working as a Brazilian spy; an outcast on a suicide mission; a new-father photojournalist amid a zombie invasion; and a man trapped in a house of gloom and mystery.
Four stories, four writers, four genres...one connecting thread. What happens when the main focus of your life is stripped away and all that's left is the day after?
The Story Project - The Journals: Year 2
When they joined the Story Project, they shared only one thing: a desire to tell stories. They didn't know that they were the story.
Join the residents of the Xayyachack mansion in their second, and final, year together. When they joined, they didn't know it would end so soon. Two years isn't long, but it's time enough to live a story.
The Story Project - The Journals: Year 1
The Story Project is the dream of one man, but it is the lives of thirteen others brought together over the course of one year. Their journals chronicle loneliness, longing, and love as a house of strangers struggles to become a community. But it seems everyone hides a secret…. They came because they wanted to write stories — but they have become the story.
The Isle of Gold
He sailed into unknown seas in search of wonders, women, and wealth. Now all he wants is a drink of water.
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