Simon Haynes is the author of four Hal Spacejock novels, a number of articles on writing and publishing, and several short stories, one of which collected an Aurealis Award in 2001. He divides his time between writing fiction and computer software, with frequent 25-40km bike rides to blow the cobwebs away.
Born in the UK and raised in the south of Spain, Simon emigrated to Australia with his family in 1983. He's a founding member of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, and lives in Perth with his wife and two children.
Interview with Simon
What are your favorite humor books?
--I enjoy Tom Holt's work, and Bill Bryson's books are always a good laugh.
How much of your humor is based on real life experiences?
--A lot. Despite writing far-future science fiction, human beings are still the same self-centered, self-serving bunch of people we meet every day. The only humane characters in my fiction are the robots and the computers.
Do you feel being digitally epublished allows you to be more creative with your writing choices?
--Yes. With my print books I felt I needed a minimum word length, which meant adding subplots and writing lots of scenes from different points of view. With my next book I'm aiming for 2/3 the word length and cutting down on the extra plots & POVs.
If they made a movie out of one of your books, what actors would play the main characters?
--Maybe Andy Serkis for Hal, Terence Stamp for Clunk. It would definitely need a British/Australian flavour.
What should readers expect from a Simon Haynes book?
If people judged your books by their covers, what hijinks would they miss out on?
--I write (and love!) satire, but that's almost impossible to illustrate on a book cover.
What's the funniest part of your everyday life?
--Answering my email.
If www.theonion.com wrote a fake headline about your life, what would it be?
--Australian author discovers self-promotion.
If you weren't writing humorous books, what would you be doing for a living?
--Writing deadly serious computer software.
Why don't you think there's more humorous books out there?
--It's twice as hard to write funny books. Underneath the humor you still need a great plot and fantastic characters. The novel must work without laughs too, because many people have no sense of humor and you don't want them leaving one-star reviews.
What's next for your fans?
--Books five, six and seven in the Hal Spacejock series, and book two in the Hal Junior series.
Hal Spacejock 2: Second Course
Hal Spacejock 3: Just Desserts
Hal Spacejock 4: No Free Lunch
Hal Spacejock: Framed (A Short Story)
Hal Junior: The Secret Signal