Author Adam Hayes was born in Duncan, British Columbia about an hour North of Victoria. He has achieved degrees in sociology political science and education from Vancouver Island University. He 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. Adam is a cancer survivor and came up with the idea for The Blue Haired Girl while in the hospital receiving chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. During one exceptionally long treatment secession, he decided to use the opportunity to follow his dream and write his best fantasy books yet. Thus, the dark fantasy books, The Zoltan Chronicles were born. He currently lives in Port Hardy British Columbia.
Q. What is the best highlight from the book?
If I had to pick a single element from the book to call my favorite, I guess I would have to go with the magical creatures. I really loved coming up with ideas for all the different beasts that the call the Land of Decariea home. There are plenty more to come in the upcoming books as well, some pleasant and other much less so…
Q. Where do you get your inspiration?
Well it comes from all sorts of places; movies, TV show, books and just walking down the street. I think the more sinister parts of the book came from my time on chemotherapy. Something about having an IV in my arm while trapped in the oncology ward probably provided some of the inspiration for the cursed shackles that Anni (the protagonist) is forced to ware. I knew what it was like to feel powerless, I’m not sure if that makes sense.
Q. If you could take a vacation with a character from the book who would it be and why?
That’s easy! Jarabei, the bartender! Read the book and you’ll see why.
Q. Could you tell us one more thing about you or you writing style we may not know about it?
Well as I already stated I am a cancer survivor and when I wrote this book I was trying to take that hugely negative experience and turn it into something good. I like to think I succeeded. I found it easier to step into the land Decariea whenever the time came for another treatment rather then just sit around and allow myself to be miserable the whole time.
Q. What’s the best reaction from a reader so far?
Hard to say, a ton of people have told me they love the book and are dying for the sequel, but I guess the best would be when my editor came back to me and said it was one of the four best books she’s ever read in all of her years publishing fantasy. That was pretty neat.
Q. What’s the biggest obstacle when writing? And what brings you the most joy?
I guess the biggest obstacle would be just getting “into the zone”. Sometimes I write all day and produce nothing but utter garbage and other times I can spend 15 minutes after drinking one too many beers and I come up with pure gold. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason for it. As for what brings me the most joy – I would say, it’s a toss up between just seeing my name in print, and having random people on the street, or in the grocery store come up to me and say “Hey, aren’t you that writer?!” That’s a great feeling.
Q. If you could have a chat with one author who would it be and what would you ask?
Probably J.R.R. Tolkien, I love The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, I would probably ask how he managed to “pull it all together” the way he did. World building is hard – believe me, I KNOW and Tolkien has always been such an inspiration to me.
Q. What do you get up to when you’re not writing?
Nothing makes me feel lamer then when people ask me what I like to do for fun lol. But I like to play boardgames with my friends, watch movies, just relax and walk along the beach near my apartment, and I love a good glass of wine.
Q. What valuable lesson did you learn from writing this story?
Well as most of my fans will know, I wrote most of the story while battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which is a highly aggressive form of cancer. I would say I learned a lot from the characters, especially Anni. She was battling demons of her own and I don’t know, something about having “the blue haired girl” on my side helped me to get through those horrible treatments. Anni is a lot braver than I am.
About the Book
Anni has always been a slave. Since before she can remember, she has known nothing but the whips of her mistress and the pain of her magical shackles. Then one day, without warning, everything changes.
Freed from slavery by a mysterious accident, and with only her dwarf companion and magical steed to guide her, Anni finds herself in a race across a country destroyed by civil war, desperately trying to reach the only free land she’s ever heard of: The Republic of Zoltan.
Pursued by a mysterious enemy that she does not understand, only one thing is certain: There is something truly strange about the blue-haired girl…
…Strange and dangerous…