Ned Hayes is the author of the forthcoming SINFUL FOLK, a new historical novel set in the 14th century, illustrated by New York Times bestseller Nikki McClure. He is also the author of Coeur d'Alene Waters, a mystery set in the Pacific Northwest. He is now at work on a new historical novel.
Ned Hayes speaks regularly on theology and storytelling and teaches writing at universities in the Pacific Northwest. He is a candidate for an MFA from the Rainier Writer’s Workshop. Born in China, he grew up bi-lingually, speaking both Mandarin and English. He now lives in Olympia, Washington with his wife and two children.
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A terrible loss. A desperate journey. A mother seeks the truth.
In December of the year 1377, five children were burned to death in a suspicious house fire. A small band of villagers traveled 200 miles across England in midwinter to demand justice for their children's deaths.
SINFUL FOLK is the story of their treacherous journey as witnessed by Mear, a former nun who has lived for a decade disguised as a mute man, raising her son quietly in this isolated village.
For years, Mear has concealed herself and all her secrets. But in this quest, she will find the strength to claim the promise of her past and redeem her future. Mear begins her journey in terror and heartache, and ends in triumph and transcendence.
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Coeur d'Alene Waters
Mystery, Historical Fiction
COEUR D'ALENE, IDAHO, is where people go to hide. Neo-Nazis. Corrupt politicians. Mining men with buried secrets.
In 1972, ninety-one men were killed in a mining ''accident'' sparked by a fire lit nearly a mile underground: the mystery was never solved. After the rest escaped, only three miners survived underground.
More than twenty years later, Matt Worthson is a sheriff's lieutenant and the disgraced son of mining hero and Sunshine Mine survivor Stanley Worthson. Matt expects to finish out his years on the force in quiet ignominy. But when the gruesomely dismembered body of a police chaplain is found at the swanky Coeur d'Alene Resort, Matt is tapped to find the murderer.
As Matt investigates the murder of his friend, he finds himself digging deep into the labyrinth of lies that seeps beneath the Coeur d'Alene region, including the Sunshine Mine disaster, and the truth behind his own broken family.