Welcome to the online home of author Ned Hayes. I write literary fiction and historical novels, including the acclaimed novels The Eagle Tree and the historical novel Sinful Folk, illustrated by New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Nikki McClure.
I also write dark fantasy, horror and science-fiction under the name Nicholas Hallum, which includes the new novel Wilderness of Mirrors, which describes a sorcerous history behind the War on Terror and 9-11. I write in two different names just so my readers won’t get confused… not because I think one genre is better than another.
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SHORT BIO – Ned Hayes
Ned Hayes has been described as a “master storyteller” and an “marvelous suspense writer” by Pulitzer-Prize winning authors, bestselling writers, and nationally-known reviewers. The Eagle Tree, his new novel, appeared in 2016. His bestselling historical novel Sinful Folk was nominated for the “Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award.” His work has been featured in Huffington Post Books, on BookList, and Book Note. He holds an MA in Literature from Western WA University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop. He lives in Olympia, Washington.
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SHORT BIO – Nicholas Hallum
These are true things about Ned’s day job, that he has incorporated into his work as Nicholas Hallum.
Nicholas Hallum is the pseudonym for a writer born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1968. He has subsequently been a visitor or foreign resident in Hamburg, Germany; Barcelona, Spain; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Copenhagen, Denmark; London, England; Los Angeles, California; and at the United States Army and Air Force Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) near Seattle, Washington. At JBLM, he has taught classes to military personnel on base, and has also spent time at Yale University, in Washington D.C. and in New York City working on national security matters for both corporate and governmental interests.
Mr. Hallum has worked closely with former NSA and CIA employees to define security protocols and secure operating environments, and his work has appeared in classified intelligence briefings. He has climbed both Mt. Rainier in Washington and Mt. Whitney in California.
ACADEMIC & PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
Ned Hayes is the author of Sinful Folk, a novel set in the 14th century. He is also the author of Coeur d’Alene Waters, a historical mystery novel set in the Pacific Northwest. His new novel The Eagle Tree is based partially on his past experience teaching non-neurotypical children. He is now at work on a new historical novel, Garden of Earthly Delight, also set in the Middle Ages.
Ned Hayes holds an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop, and previously did graduate work in English and Theology from Western Washington University and Seattle University. Ned studied under noted medieval scholar Richard Emmerson and with award-winning writers Jim Heynen, Ann Pancake and David Huddle in the Rainier Writing Workshop at PLU. Today, he teaches and writes in the Pacific Northwest.
His scholarly and literary work has appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, including the book length anthology Divine Aporia (Bucknell 2000), a collection of contemporary responses to post-modern theology. He has served as an Associate Editor for the Bellingham Review, for Jeopardy and for several other literary magazines and journals.
Hayes speaks regularly on theology and storytelling and teaches writing at universities in the Pacific Northwest. For many years, Ned Hayes has worked for software companies such as Intel, Microsoft and Adobe.
Born in China, he grew up bi-lingually, speaking both Mandarin and English. He now lives in Olympia, Washington with his wife and children.