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About me

Hello, my name’s Austin.



I worked for three decades in children’s theater and television, in the UK and Europe, before becoming a full time writer.

Over the last thirty years I’ve been involved in dozens of demanding and exciting jobs related to theater and television, including script writing and editing. When partnered with Carlton TV, I wrote over 40 hours of broadcast scripts.

I’ve won residencies and toured in the UK and Europe with companies such as The Little Angel Marionette Theatre (London), Laars Von Poort (Holland), Teatro del Gallo (Italy) and managed my own company InsideOut collaborating on a variety of artistic and educational projects with an international team of artists, musicians and performers.

As a commercial copywriter the lion’s share of my non-fiction is published without a byline in white papers, B2B communications and newsletters, handbooks, websites, business blogs, and trade magazines. But work with my byline has graced the pages of publications as diverse as The Guardian, The Nursing Times, Healthy Living Magazine, Aussie Kids, TNN, Parenting Today, and many others.

I’ve published short fiction, for both young people and adults, in Aquila Magazine, Dark Tales, Scribble, The Criminal Class Review, Unsettling Wonder, Stupefying Stories, Omniscrit, Quarter Reads, The Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide and SQ Magazine, to name a few.

Beyond the Starline, the first volume of my Middle Grade / early YA steampunk trilogy, The Dark Sea, was released by my own imprint, Clockwork Press, and has been highly praised. The second book, The Island of Birds, was released in August 2016. To be the first to know when other books  are released and for free review copies, sign up to the mailing list at or just check out the books here.

I’ve also released the first novellas in my new Urban Fantasy series. You can check that out here.

Me in a nutshell: Writer, Storyteller, Fabulist, Field Ornithologist & Bird Ringer, Wildlife Gardener, Eccentric, Free-Thinker, Apolitical Eco-Socialist. Book, Art & Music lover.

You can find me dreaming up the next adventure in my secret word laboratory ~ except you can’t because it’s secret! But it’s easier to catch up with me on Twitter in any case.

Where it all happens…known to my children as ‘Dad’s Cave.’

I don’t do Facebook, but I hang out on Twitter and call in on Google+ from time to time. Come say hello!

Twitter: @AGHackney

Google+: Austin Hackney

Fiction Genres: Science Fiction, Horror, Literary Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Steampunk, Weird West, Fairy Tales and Mythic Arts.


Sign up to the Clockwork Press mailing list. You’ll get the first two books in the Dark Sea Trilogy absolutely free in the e-book format of your choice. Crazy, isn’t it? But it’s true.


If you’d rather buy them or just prefer a paperback, the first in the series, Beyond the Starline, is here: Amazon UK   Amazon US   Waterstones  Barnes & Noble  Smashwords  Kobo or ask for it in your library or local independent bookstore and they’ll order it for you.

If you have any questions or comments, I’ll be more than happy to help if I can, or just connect and share experiences, thoughts, feelings and ideas.

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