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Ned Hayes

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Ned Hayes is a voracious reader (and writer) from Olympia Washington, who now lives in Portland, Oregon.

My novel THE EAGLE TREE was a national bestseller, and was named by New York Times bestselling author Steve Silberman as one of the top 5 books on the autistic experience.. The book has also been endorsed by Temple Grandin and many others.

I read in many genres. I especially enjoy historical fiction like Philippa Gregory, Anita Diamant and Hilary Mantel, as well as supernatural historical fiction from Susanne Clarke and Tim Powers. But I also love Annie Dillard, Jorge Borges and Michael Chabon.

I also wrote the historical novel SINFUL FOLK, a book set in the 14th century. The cover of SINFUL FOLK a se

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I found that when I tried to set up the "perfect environment" for writing, it never happened.

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Thanks for the question, Tim!

I found that when I tried to set up the "perfect environment" for writing, it never happened.

And I read about Stephen King writing his books in the laundry room, with the machines banging around washing laundry and his kids climbing all over him. And I thought, if he can do that, I should be able to write on my commuter train, on the bus, and in any room in my house.

So I started writing everywhere, and carrying a notebook with me everywhere. I found that if I just jotted down a few pages a day, I began to have the form of a solid book, and so I kept doing that. I currently have 3 notebooks with me, and I have 3 different projects going in these books.

I find that waiting for the optimal environment doesn't make it happen. The optimal environment for writing is inside your own head -- just do it. Start writing words down, in a notebook, on a laptop, on any napkin you can find, even by audio dictation while driving!

With all this said, my favorite places to write are on the Olympia > Seattle commuter train while the sun is rising over the misty meadows and forests outside the window (I'd love to win an Amtrack fellowship to duplicate this experience), and in my home office, again looking out at the misty forest in the acreage behind my house in Olympia.

The only routine I follow right now is Write Every Day. (less)
Ned Hayes As much as possible, I try to avoid making anything up from whole cloth or changing any history at all. Instead, what I try to do is weave my story th…moreAs much as possible, I try to avoid making anything up from whole cloth or changing any history at all. Instead, what I try to do is weave my story through the threads of the existing history, and I try to have my story fill in the gaps in that real history. The historical fantasy writer Tim Powers has a name for this kind of work – he calls it “playing card tricks in the dark” – and I agree with his idea of not changing a single iota of the real history, but instead in trying to have your story weave naturally into the weft of the real historical narrative. I also try, as much as possible, to have my characters have a sensibility and a voice that is realistic to the time period and their station in life. I dislike historical fiction that does not actually show how people thought differently of their era at that time, compared to how we think of it now. One example in SINFUL FOLK is the fact that Mear, without question, accepts generally the Christian worldview, even though her background and training would today find that worldview antithetic to her heritage (when you read the novel, you’ll see exactly what I mean). Few people questioned that worldview, and if you did question it, you were killed. (less)
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Poem: George Floyd -- by Terrance Hayes

By Terrance Hayes

Audio:  Read by the author.

You can be a bother who dyes
his hair Dennis Rodman blue
in the face of the man kneeling in blue
in the face the music of his wrist-
watch your mouth is little more
than a door being knocked
out of the ring of fire around
the afternoon came evening’s bell
of the ball and chain around the neck
of the unarmed brother ground down
to gunpowder dirt can be inhaled

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This particular novella isn't very funny - it's pretty bleak and pointed.

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“I must learn to be as the bear in a cage with the stick that pokes it always, through the bars. The bear acts as if the stick is made of air, and takes no notice of it, even when it is sharpened and draws blood. I must do the same.”
Ned Hayes, Sinful Folk

“Trees do not require you to make certain sounds to be understood. They are simply present and ready for you to climb at any time. Trees are easier.”
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“I remember the fire, it burns bright, always around me. I close my eyes, and tears stream out. The tides of the past seize me, bear me out to sea.”
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There was motion below her. There were people on the shelves.

They clung to the edges of the cases and moved across them in expert scuttles. They wore ropes and hooks and carried picks on which they sometimes hung. Dangling from straps they carried notebooks, pens, magnifying glasses, ink pads, and stamps.

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John Montagne Hey Ted, nice to 'meet' you!

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Robert Thanks for accepting my friend request, Ned.

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Gary Thanks for the friend accept!

message 18: by Dianna

Dianna Hardy Thanks so much for the friends request :)

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Ned Hayes Savannah wrote: "Ned, thank you for the friendship."

Thanks for connecting on GoodReads!

Savannah Ned, thank you for the friendship.

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Melissa Thanks for the friend request!

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Haylee Hello, how are you? Thanks for the friend request! Look forward to discussing books with you

Jillian Peery Thanks for the add!

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Natasha Thank you for connecting with me on goodreads, I look forward to sharing some good books and some not so good good books with you -♥-
Sincerely Natasha
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Ned Hayes Thanks to Connie Davis for her review of "Sinful Folk

An absolute "Must Read"!

I read it without stopping as soon as I got it loaded on my Kindle! What a terrific read, and this from a person who is not a fan of historical fiction, mainly because it often has so many inaccuracies. For me, too, the measure of a compelling read is that I continue to think about it long after I have closed the book, and in this case, I have thought of it often.

There were parts where I thought if one more brutal thing happened to Miriam/Mear I couldn't bear it. To accept the plausibility of her treatment (and that of others like the character Nell), I had to remind myself of how harsh life was then, how brutal. I had to remind myself of the prevailing ignorance of people, how filled with superstition many were, and what a truly perilous time it was.

I loved it all, and loved spending my time in that strange and distant era, and got a wonderful education while being thoroughly entertained. Can't ask for more than that! -- Connie Davis ( Review posted at )

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Rogier hi ya ned

Cheryl Landmark Thanks for the friend request, Ned.

Harlequin Books Hello Ned, it is a pleasure to meet you.

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Ned Hayes Hope wrote: "Hey Ned,

Thanks for the friend request. Washington is favorite place in the world. Go you for living there! Looking forward to hearing more about the books you love...or not so much ;)"

Thanks, Hope. Appreciate your thoughts on WA. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the early chapters of Sinful Folk. Thanks much!

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Hope Collier Hey Ned,

Thanks for the friend request. Washington is favorite place in the world. Go you for living there! Looking forward to hearing more about the books you love...or not so much ;)

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Ned Hayes The first two chapters of my forthcoming novel SINFUL FOLK are now available as an EXCERPT on GoodReads:

The entire book will be available soon.

Happy reading! -- Ned Hayes

p.s. your feedback, reviews, and thoughts to the author are always welcome -- I look forward to hearing from you!

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Ned Hayes Sarah wrote: "Hi Ned thank you for the friend request! C="

Thanks, Sarah -- I look forward to reading your reviews!

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Sarah Hi Ned thank you for the friend request! C=

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Sans Hi Ned, thanks for the friend invite! I'm looking forward to chatting with you!

message 1: by Ned (last edited Feb 12, 2011 03:10PM)

Ned Hayes Holly wrote: "Hi Ned. I noticed you've been adding books at a rapid rate. Are you in the process of cataloging your home library?"

Precisely!! I have a couple of days off in between jobs, so I'm using the time to catch up on books, writing, and book cataloguing. Fun! (Also, I have a new blog, so I'm adding my GoodReads list there, and figured I should have it updated -- ) Hope you are doing well. All the best to you, -- Ned.

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