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The Hal Spacejock Series (Teen/Adult)

Welcome to the website for Simon Haynes, author and programmer

I've been reworking the Hal Spacejock and Harriet Walsh covers, using art I drew myself. I always start with a pencil sketch, then draw the characters individually, and finally I fill in the background. Over time each cover has slowly moved closer and closer to my original concepts - even though in some cases it's taken 10 years!

Regarding Hal Spacejock, I started writing the first novel in 1994, then forgot about it until 1999. It's now almost 20 years since that early version of the manuscript, and the book has undergone several revisions to become what it is today.

On the programming side of things I have a separate site for all my software, including the most famous of them all: yWriter.

There's a ton of interesting content on my site, from articles on writing and publishing to computer game reviews to recipes and information on my novels & short fiction.

The PEACE FORCE Series (Teens/Adults)

Meet Trainee Harriet Walsh of the Dismolle Peace Force

(Coming Soon!)

Harriet Walsh 1: Peace Force

The Hal Spacejock Series (Teens/Adults)

Crocodile Dundee meets Star Wars ...

All Hal Spacejock books are standalones, not sequels. Read them in the original order if you can, but it really doesn't matter. There are no cliffhangers between novels.

Hal Spacejock 1 Hal Spacejock 2: Second Course Hal Spacejock 3: Just Desserts Hal Spacejock 4: No Free Lunch Hal Spacejock 5: Baker's Dough Hal Spacejock 6: Safe Art Hal Spacejock 7: Big Bang Hal Spacejock 8: Double Trouble

The Hal Junior Series (Ages 8-12)

And you thought Hal Spacejock was trouble ...

Hal Junior Cover Hal Junior Cover Hal Junior Cover

Other Titles

Collect One Two Cover

Some of the most popular pages on my site:

My articles on writing and publishing, including

How to write a novel
How to get published
Recommended how-to books for writers

My simple recipes for busy people, including

Pad Thai
Chorizo Stew

Information on my novels and writing, including

The Hal Spacejock series (Teen/Adult)
The Hal Junior series (Readers aged 9-12)
My short fiction (Some freebies)