Simon Haynes

Biography

Simon Haynes is the author of eight Hal Spacejock novels, three Harriet Walsh novels, three Hal Junior middle-grade novels, a number of articles on writing and publishing, and several short stories.

He's also written a book on fiction-writing, titled How to Write a Novel, and is currently working on A Portion of Dragon and Chips, book one in a brand new fantasy comedy series.

Born in the UK and raised in the south of Spain, Simon emigrated to Australia with his family in 1983.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Back in 1999 I submitted a manuscript to several publishers, one after another, and I couldn't believe how long it was taking to hear back. (I'm writing this in 2018, and one of those publishers still hasn't responded!)
So, in 2000 I thought "stuff this, I'm not wasting my life waiting around." I wrote a piece of software called yBook, which displayed electronic books on-screen with properly formatted pages that turned when you clicked them. After yBook was in general use, I released my first novel in ebook format.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Apart from a short experiment where one of my series was exclusive to a particular retailer, I've always gone wide with my books. As a teenager I remember the frustration when some new game was only released for a particular computer, or console, and I believe keen readers feel the same when they can't read their favourite authors on a given device.
Authors shouldn't stick their work behind artificial walls.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Simon Haynes online

Where to buy in print

Books

How to Write a Novel
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,200. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Literacy
Maybe you want to write a novel which has been on your mind for years. You don't care how long it takes, you just want to see it through to the end. Or maybe you see yourself as a career novelist - there's a real challenge - and you want to write books quickly and efficiently. I've done both, and I cover both approaches in How to Write a Novel.
Yard Fail
Price: Free! Words: 3,410. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
When Ralph Swindon tinkers in his workshop, the whole world holds its breath ... A 2700-word short story. Trivia: Features the characters from Sleight of Hand.
Thonn!
Price: Free! Words: 2,860. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(3.00 from 1 review)
Synopsis: Magick is banned in Thonn's world, outlawed after greedy and power-hungry wizards almost destroyed the entire planet. So imagine his surprise when he spies Eddie de Elder performing Magick spells! A 2500 word Fantasy/Comedy story
Updown
Price: Free! Words: 1,940. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Social services have come to take 10-year old Daniel away from his home and family, but his best friend Danny has other ideas ... A 1600 word Science Fiction story
Billy's Book
Price: Free! Words: 5,270. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Billy Crump is the local stable boy. Fed up with mucking out horses, he sneaks into the wizard's lab, concocts a potion using all the rare and expensive ingredients, and somehow ends up with a talking book. His first thought? Sell the book ... and say goodbye to horse muck forever! A 5000 word fantasy/comedy story
Off Course
Price: Free! Words: 2,050. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Sports, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
When you're on for a birdie, watch for aliens in the rough. A 1500 word SF/comedy/golf story
Catch of the Day
Price: Free! Words: 4,310. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Ken and Steve reluctantly give up their lawnmowing duties for a weekend of fishing, booze and male bonding. Unfortunately the fish aren't biting, supplies are running low and worst of all ... the beer just ran out. Then, without warning, an alien colony ship arrives in orbit, and that's when Ken's problems REALLY start. A 4000 word short story by the author of the Hal Spacejock series.
A Piece of the Action
Price: Free! Words: 9,170. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.00 from 1 review)
Flat broke and stranded in a South American country, Ralph Gardiner is nursing a beer and contemplating the wreckage of his life. No money, no prospects, and worst of all ... the beer is warm. When a local businessman approaches him with a curious job offer, Ralph decides he has very little to lose ... 8000 Word Short Story.
Loss Leader
Price: Free! Words: 9,190. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
After many delays and last-minute setbacks, the first colony ship leaves planet Earth for a distant star. Join the crew as they discover all is not as it seems... Originally published in Andromeda Spaceways #3

Smashwords book reviews by Simon Haynes

  • Opening Acts on Aug. 01, 2011
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    Thanks for the comment - the website has been fixed.