Hyacinth Grey. Indie Author. I write fiction.


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Wounded Bride

book cover image of Wounded Bride by Hyacinth Grey
First in a series of hard-boiled detective novels. Press enter on the picture description or click on the cover image to visit the Wounded Bride page to learn more and purchase.

About the Book

The city of Chicago is relentless. Murders and other violent crimes pile up: a woman lies in the hospital in a coma, a man is brutally attacked in his sleep, and a child suffers.

Detective Maria Mateo is new to the Chicago Police Department, but she’s not soft. In spite of her strength, every case that arises brings troubling memories of her past and fear that her deepest secret will be revealed and threaten everything she’s worked for.

When her captain discovers she’s having difficulty with her health, she faces the possibility of losing her badge for good. Mateo struggles to keep her personal baggage out of her work, but when a woman is almost smothered, the investigation leads Mateo to help someone she never thought she’d see again.

Our Place: Monica and Brad Start School

book cover of Our Place: Monica and Brad Start School by Hyacinth Grey with text shown in both braille and print
Coming soon! Children’s book written with my husband, Michael. I tell a story and he writes about braille. Press enter on the picture description or click on the cover image to visit Hyacinth Grey’s Books for Young Readers (hgb4yr.com).

Testimony of Outlaws – coming December 23, 2022

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Free Fiction

Woman in Gray Sweater Using MacBook Air
I write mostly on a PC but like this picture.

It’s all yours!
Please download, share in any format, and print. All that I ask is that you include a link to this website and don’t rewrite, change, sell, or repost my work (links and short excerpts of a few lines with links are nice.)

The Dark Tide – revised version available NOW for free!

book cover image of The Dark Tide by Hyacinth Grey

The Dark Tide, a short piece of fantasy fiction, has been published with Smashwords, as a blog post on this website, and also a podcast episode on Anchor.


Billy is a young man whose stories I love to tell.

Time Gone By – story in progress

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Science fiction. Time travel. Four children and their grandmother trying to prevent a second civil war.

The Christmas Room

This is contemporary fiction, and the story has two endings.

The Basket – story in progress

I started writing a story for Easter 2021, intending to tell it all in two parts, but the story’s turning out to be longer.

Ruth – story in progress

Ruth started by accident. I needed some sample dialog for a post about writing, and ended up with a story.

The Choice

The Choice was my first piece of free fiction. It was posted in six very short parts in April 2020, and those are still way back in the archives, but I link only the full story here.
The Choice – blog post
The Choice – podcast episode

In Life – story in progress

Sci-Fi Fantasy. A young woman who has lost everyone she loves. A new world for her to discover. Will she find friendship and love, or will she encounter only misery, horror, and brutality?

  • Update about In Life
  • Until it’s published for free on Smashwords, the first fifteen parts of In Life are still available to read on the In Life page.

Random Writing Advice Post

NaNoWriMo in 17 days and following my own Writing Advice

If you go to my Fiction page, you can read my NaNoWriMo 2020 novel in seventeen posts. They’re longreads, so you might want to save them or even print them out. Some days, I wrote only one chapter, but there were a few days when I wrote two, or even three chapters. I had originally planned to post them as they were written, but I just couldn’t do that. I had to revise. Even just do a quick proofread, but I couldn’t stand the thought of posting the unedited version. Some of my typos are just not for public viewing, and sometimes sentences just made so little sense, I needed to fix them before asking my Readers to read them. I don’t think I’ve posted this piece of advice before, but one problem I think a lot of Writers may encounter near the end of their stories is that they might become impatient. It’s almost over. Just that last chapter, and then it’s finished. I want that written, now! I struggle to follow this advice, but I think the last chapter of a book is important. Rushing through it probably won’t improve its quality. It seems like the last chapter of books is often either too long, too short, or just doesn’t feel integrated with the rest of the story. Maybe most Writers feel what might be called “approaching the end tension.” For me, it’s a jittery feeling that makes it hard for me to concentrate on actually writing the story. I stop being able to get inside the characters’ heads as well as I usually can, and it’s as if the sounds of their voices become faint and distorted. In the last chapter of my still untitled romance novel, it feels like emotional responses are missing, there’s probably way too much dialog and not enough action and description, and if you read it, you will probably be able to tell that I wanted to finish the story right then and there that day, in that hour, in the next minute. Impatience can be a good thing. If you just can’t wait to get going and start writing a story, then many chapters will be written, but as the story goes on, and especially at the end, patience becomes more and more necessary to keep some sort of balance between the incentive to finish, and the need to stay in the characters’ heads longer and deeper so the ending becomes neither too long, nor too short. In seventeen days, I wrote 50,903 words, at an average pace of 2,994 words per day. How do you meet the challenges of impatience or patience? Please leave a comment.

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