Hayley writes science fiction, fantasy, and crime thrillers from the stunning hinterland of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. She holds a post-graduate degree in Molecular Archaeology and has studied palaeontology, anthropology and genetics. When she’s not writing or spending time with her husband and three children, Hayley enjoys running and general geekiness. Her two fluffy dogs, Sindar and Kyah, and one fluffy cat, Molly, follow her everywhere.
Hayley’s serialised novel “Avon Calling!” is her most famous work, which juxtaposes the quintessential ‘Avon Lady’ against the chauvinistic underbelly of 1940’s New York. This book was selected as a finalist in Adi Shankar’s Bootleg Universe Short Script and Story Contest, against a global backdrop of hundreds of screenwriting entrants. The feature-film screenplay of ‘Avon Calling!’ has been a semi-finalist in the International ScreenCraft Fellowship for two years running.
The inspiration for ‘Avon Calling’ came to Hayley when she was offered the opportunity to be part of the Neo-Pulp Anthology “This Mutant Life” by editor Ben Langdon, back in 2012. After official publication of the anthology in 2013, the original short story of ‘Avon Calling’ (which comprises what is now Episodes #1 & #2 of the ongoing series) was received with rave reviews by readers internationally, as a stand-out inclusion in the book. Closer to home, the story was nominated for an Aurealis Award, Australia’s premier speculative fiction awards in 2013. Hayley launched immediately into the continuation of the series, to include her pre-conceived backstory, world-building and ongoing adventures in Betty’s crime-fighting against the backdrop of New York during WW2. Each ongoing Season is a set of ten individual episodes (novella length), which are combined to create a larger-than-life novel, spanning approximately one year in the life of the characters and story.
Despite cross-medium imitations of the concept and characters since, Betty Jones from ‘Avon Calling!’ remains the original, gender-stereotype smashing, vigilante killer-housewife that continues to set the page ablaze, and her stories are far from over. Continuing episodes in the series are available on Amazon, via eBook and PaperBack, merchandise is available in the online Amazon store “Betty’s Closet” and an old-time radio-serial is currently under production, along with an audiobook of the Complete Season One Collection.
As a multi-genre author, much of Hayley’s Science Fiction and Fantasy writing is led by her passion for conservation. Touching on contemporary issues of environmental responsibility, animal rights and social activism, her Science Fiction novel, HUMAN, follows archaeologist Ivy Carter as she travels through time, uprooting prehistory and human evolution while bearing the ultimate question, ‘How do you truly define humanity?’ The novel has received five-star reviews on Goodreads, Amazon and other online retailers, with its highly anticipated sequel to be released in 2019/2020.
Hayley has also published two extensive Skylanders players’ guides for major traditional US publisher, Pearsons Education Publishing, and contributed to their Advanced Minecraft Players Guides as a guest author. In her downtime, she enjoys running, collecting vintage teacups and reading. She also likes gaming with her two young sons and is a fan of building elaborate castles in Minecraft while wearing elf ears.