2020 Snapshot: Simon Haynes

Simon Haynes was born in England and moved to Spain with his family in the 1970’s. After a childhood in the Spanish school system, he moved to Australia for the two final years of high school – with everything suddenly in English. Despite the language barrier, Simon entered Curtin University, graduating three years later with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Creative Writing. In 1997 he returned to the same university, graduating with a second degree in 1999 … this time, Computer Science.

In 2004 Simon was writing his fourth novel when Fremantle Press, an Australian trade publisher, offered a contract for his first three books. They were published over a five-year period, and were distributed by Penguin across Australia and New Zealand.

Simon now has nine Hal Spacejock novels, three Harriet Walsh novel, four Hal Junior novels, three Robot vs Dragons novels, a space opera and a dozen short stories in print, all of them available on Amazon Kindle and other bookstores. Several of his works are available in translation, including German editions of Hal 1 and 2, an Italian edition of Hal Junior 1, and French editions of Hal Spacejock and Loss Leader.

Simon is the programmer and designer behind Spacejock Software, and is responsible for popular programs like FCharts, yWriter and yBook.

1. Tell us about your recent publications/projects?

I currently have several novels on the go, although I’m taking most of this year off to renovate a house. There are two more novels in the Mysteries in Metal series, two Hal Spacejocks (11 and 12), a fourth Harriet Walsh novel and the third in the Secret War space opera series. Now and then I jot down plot notes, but I’m not ready to sit down and actually write them.

2. What has been the best publishing experience of your career so far.

Becoming a full-time indie author, fully supported by the royalties from my writing. Over the past two years I’ve written and published fourteen novels in five or six different series, which has helped immensely. I still put the same care and attention into each one, but after 30 or so novels the process does get quicker and easier.

3. Which recent Australian/NZ work would you recommend to international fans interested in expanding their Antipodean spec fic knowledge?

I’m editing a novel for a new Aussie author at the moment, but she wants to publish under a pen name so I’m sworn to secrecy!

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