This is the website for Alice Hayes, 25-year-old author, single mother, amateur historian, and walking ball of anxiety. If that’s what you were looking for, congratulations! You’re in the right place. If not, stick around for a little while, and maybe we could be friends.

I started writing stories when I learned how to hold a pen, and I haven’t stopped since. In 2014, I placed third in the World’s Best Story contest, and my first novel, The Thread That Binds, was subsequently published, promoted, and sent on tour.

I am mother to the world’s sassiest four-year-old, Lillian, and the world’s sappiest hound dog, Baloo. They run me ragged, using their insufferable cuteness to get away eating butter, stealing my bed, flooding the bathroom, stealing my best (imported!) cheese, sassing me, playing ‘Who Can Bark The Loudest?’, and oh God so many other everyday insane things. Oh, and there was that one time they locked me out of the house, semi-naked…

Most days, I want to be a lawyer when I ‘grow up’. On other days, I want to spend the rest of my life studying history. Until lawyer-historian becomes a real job and/or I can find a way to rack up degrees without racking up debt, I’ll keep on doing what I’m currently doing: working full-time in a law office, taking my Bachelor’s in history online, writing daily, running occasionally, and sleeping never.

You can read my blog posts here.

You can find me (mostly talking rugby and British problems) on Twitter.

You can read my reviews on Goodreads.

You can see snapshots of my insane life on Instagram.

You can get a feel for what interests me on Pinterest, where I also have a research/inspiration board for Say Nothing. Or, if you really want to know what I’m into – and if you appreciate both terrible music and wonderful puns – here’s my Spotify profile. (I’m particularly proud of my mellow playlist named ‘Calm Your Tits’.)

You can take a peek at when I attempted *cough* serious writing *cough* when I was briefly writing for The Powder Room.

You can watch my descent into madness as I write 50,000 words every November for NaNoWriMo.

Finally, you can (please?) buy my book and fund my “quit the day job, spend forever collecting history degrees like they’re fine wines” dream via Fastpencil and Amazon.

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