Roy Hayward


Roy Hayward loves to read. He spent much of his years growing up holed up in well lit corners of libraries reading all of the fiction that he could find. There were many times that one librarian or another would recommend a book, and Roy would have already read it. As a result he decided that he would be a writer at a young age.

Roy graduated from high school in Fairfield, Iowa. He served two years as a missionary in Seoul Korea. He attended college at Rick College in Rexburg, Idaho, and then the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Started out studying Chemistry, but switched majors to Political Science.

After college, he got a job and discovered that he was more interested in the computers he used than the job he used them to do. A year after college he was working doing tech support for a printer company. He bounced from job to job working his way up in skills and position. He is now a programmer managing a team of Web Developers.

In Rexburg, he met his wife Beth. After stealing her away from his roommate, they were married in the Idaho Falls Temple and began their life-long adventure. They had seven children of their own and then became foster parents. As of this writing they have adopted four children from foster care and are still fostering children.

Through all of these adventures, Roy has continued to read, and to write. And to share his love of good books with others; his friends, his family, and random people on the internet.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
So, I've been reading fiction for a long long time. Most of that has been Science Fiction. When I was in High School I read some short stories about trees and plant aliens. I hadn't thought about them much when in 2015 I was listening to a writing podcast and the host started making jokes about genre mashups. They were talking about elves in space.

This was a germ of an idea that started this story. Somehow I knew that elves in space would need trees in space. And I was already working on a novel that involved colonization. I wrote a chapter with Terrance my main character interacting with trees on a colony world. After that, the story started to grow.

My original novel became the backstory for this one. And I'm not sad about that. I'm planning on using it as the backstory for a few others as well. It looks like a better backstory than a novel now.
Who are your favorite authors?
Asimov and Heinlein were my first two favorite authors. Later I have added Gordon R Dickson, David Brin, and Orson Scott Card.

When I was younger, I read all of the books the local libraries carried of these writers. Since then I've read more. So I've pretty much read everything Asimov and Heinlein have written. I can't quite say the same thing about the others. Someday.
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Where to find Roy Hayward online


Seed of Stars
Pre-release—available December 26, 2018. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,900. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
The starship has fallen. The colony leadership has been co-opted by the alien forest. And there is dissension building among the surviving starship crew. Melody is on her way. The suspense might kill someone.
Family Secrets
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 79,750. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Ellen is a genealogist with a question. She travels to England to find answers. But the more she looks the more questions she finds. Questions like who is trying to stop her? What happened to the family fortune she never knew existed till she started looking? And are they willing to kill to stop her?
Iron Fist, Crystal Dagger
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,320. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Edwin Page Glass is a prospector. He travels into the jungles to hunt for mature Yuma trees and harvest the crystal daggers used in complex calculation machines. The treachery of a partner or their death has made it difficult for Edwin to get ahead and so he came up with a risky and daring plan. Assuming he lives through it.
To Paint with all the Colors of the Visible Spectrum
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,730. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Baxter is an artist that uses the cosmos as his canvas. But in spite of his success, he is very alone. When he has finally found someone he might be able to include in his life the actions of a rival put it all at risk. Will he be able to trust someone he has just met in order to survive?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,660. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
James Grey and his AI companion Jeeves take a salvage contract. This should just be another routine assignment to survey and tag items with value. When they get to the salvage, they encounter something alive in the salvage. Soon there is a struggle for survival.
Arbor Colony
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,400. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
They name the planet Arbor as they begin to establish a colony because of its extensive forestation. They soon learn there is something in the forest that is watching them and has plans of its own. Not all intelligent life has to be animal life. And there is intelligent life on Arbor. Intelligent life that needs humans.

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action    alien    alien contact    automaton    clockwork    colony    genealogy    legend of stars    legend of trees    mystery    mystery drama    nova    planet    scifi    space    space action    space colony    spore    stars    starship    suspense    suspense drama    thriller