A. Jarrell Hayes

A. Jarrell Hayes is a fiction writer, award-winning poet, and publisher. His writing has appeared in over 20 publications online and in print. He is the founder of Hidden Clearing Books, LLC. He invites you to visit his website at www.ajhayes.com.


Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?


I’m a poet and fantasy writer from Baltimore, MD, USA. I’m pretty much a fun-loving guy who started writing because I love reading.


Describe your book ‘Detecting Magic with Dick Hunter: The Mort des Hommes Files’ in 30 words or less.


Magic, action, adventure, a wise-cracking detective, a sinister villain, smart aleck elemental animal familiars, and a hot chick who kicks butt. What more could you want?


What was the hardest part of writing your book?


This is my first book written from the 1st-person point of view. I’m used to writing in 3rd-person. It was challenge to get used to the 1st-person style, but I had fun writing in it.


What books have had the greatest influence on you?


Terry Brooks’ Shannara series was one of the first fantasy books I read and have had an impact on me as a reader and writer. I really love Gene Wolfe’s Solider of the Mist and Fred Saberhagen’s Book of Swords series.


Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?


I ran ads online and in print. I did interviews and readings. I sent review copies to reviewers. I had some work published online and used that as a marketing tool, and I go to conventions to sell and promote my writing. I utilize some of BookBuzzr’s tools and features for my online presence.


How do you spend your time when you are not writing?


Reading, watching anime, and playing video games.


What are you working on next?


I'm editing the final book in the Good King Trilogy. The other projects I'm working on are stand-alone fantasy novel about the relationship between gods and men, a collection of poetry, a collection of sci-fi short stories about the tumult history of a city in the desert, a collection of short stories and poetry, and another free e-book of sci-fi and fantasy short stories. I'm also developing an online magazine of speculative fiction and poetry.

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