Julia Hayden, who writes under the pen name "Celia Hayes" grew up in a far suburb of Los Angeles, the oldest in a family of four children, the offspring of a research biologist and an artist in stained glass, which eccentric family experience formed the basis for her memoir "Our Grandpa Was An Alien" (Booklocker, 2004).
After earning a professionally useless degree in English Literature (California State University Northridge, 1976) an un-slaked taste for adventure, foreign travel (and a regular paycheck) led her to enlist in the United States Air Force, where she trained as a radio and television broadcast specialist, and served for twenty years in places as various as Greece, Spain, Japan, Korea, Greenland and Ogden, Utah, in a wide assortment of duties and pleasures which included midnight alt-rock DJ, TV news anchor, video-production librarian, radio and television writer and producer, production manager, tour guide and driving a bright orange Volvo sedan from Athens to Zaragoza, Spain, accompanied only by a small and cranky child. She retired from the Air Force in 1997, and began working for various small firms in San Antonio as an office manager, administrative assistant and executive secretary.
In 2002, she became a regular contributor to the military-oriented weblog, "Sgt. Stryker's Daily Brief" (now "The Daily Brief"), writing essays and commentary on matters historical, personal, political, cultural, literary and military. She reviews books and movies for several news and cultural websites such as Blogger News Network and POD Books. She is also on the board of the Independent Authors Guild, a non-profit association of writers published by small and regional publishers and also manages their website. Celia also blogs on the Celia Hayes Blog.
Currently, she is the junior associate at a small specialty publisher in San Antonio, Watercress Press, where she handles editing, as well as marketing for the company and website design for Watercress Press's author-clients. She writes about all things and adventures in and around San Antonio and South Texas for the SATXBLOG - San Antonio Real Estate and South Texas Blog.
She is the author of "The Adelsverein Trilogy" (Strider-Nolan/Booklocker, 2008) a series of historical novels about the German migration to the Texas Hill Country during the 19th century, "Daughter of Texas" set in the early days of the Republic of Texas (Watercress Press 2011) and "To Truckee's Trail" (Booklocker, 2006), an account of the first emigrant party to take their wagons over the Sierra Nevada, in 1844. She is currently working on two more historical novels, "Deep in the Heart" and "The Quivera Trail" – which hopefully will be available in the next year or so. Her literary website is at www.celiahayes.com. She currently lives in San Antonio with her daughter and an assortment of dogs and cats.
Email Celia Hayes at email@example.com