Adam Hayes had cancer when ‘The Blue Haired Girl’ came into his life
The North Island author sat down with the VI Free Daily recently for an interview about his independent dark fantasy novel, stating he has been passionate about writing his entire life and that he’s written a few books before in the past, but he never actually published any of them.
“This is the first one I thought was good enough to show to the public,” he said, when asked about his background.
Hayes, who grew up in Duncan and now lives in Port Hardy, took some writing classes in college while earning a degree in political science and sociology, but said his writing skills have been “mostly self taught.”
He currently works as a probation officer, but was diagnosed with cancer back in 2017.
“Cancer is quite boring, there’s not a lot of things you can do,” he said about the decision to start writing the book. “I had some time to kill so I brought my laptop in and spat out a novel.”
Hayes is now in remission and said his health has been going good “so far.”
He’s currently planning several books in the series, which is known as the ‘Zoltan Chronicles’, and is working on the sequel as we speak. “Writing a book is a big process, once it’s finished it has to be edited, proofread, and then the cover has to be designed and that kind of stuff,” he stated, adding there’s no tentative date yet for the sequel.
‘The Blue Haired Girl’ follows Anni, a blue-haired slave who travels across the magical land of Decariea in an epic struggle to bring freedom to a world in chains.
“In this world, slaves are required to wear these special bracelets… magical shackles, where if a slave misbehaves they get tighter, they got hotter, they get spikes inside… I think my experience with chemo kind of gave me the idea — I was sitting there with the IV in my arm feeling trapped and I think that’s where it all came from,” Hayes said.
Hayes has always been a massive fan of high fantasy books. Ever since childhood, Adam has loved reading and writing young adult fantasy books. His favorites are the fantasy classics: Lord of the Rings, Narnia, The Hobbit and of course, Harry Potter, which he maintains are the best fantasy books of all time.
Hayes will be selling copies of his independent dark fantasy novel ‘The Blue Haired Girl’ at the North Island Mall’s upcoming Christmas showcase (Dec. 14-15) in Port Hardy.
Check out his work at his website.