Mandy Haynes author of literary fiction with a southern drawl

Stories for saints, sinners, and

everyone in between

Walking The Wrong Way Home

The stories that make up Walking the Wrong Way Home are a mixture of humor, hard-won battles, and heart-breaking losses. In her debut collection, Mandy Haynes gives a voice to ordinary people and takes you inside their less than ordinary lives. Her love of storytelling shines bright and will have you cheering for saints, sinners, and everyone in between. $15.00 ($4.05 tax & s/h)


“Mandy Haynes has storytelling in her bones. If you’ve ever driven down a country road at night, seen a lone light in a distant farmhouse, and wondered what life is like for the people in that room—Mandy Haynes knows. Her stories give voice to the humor, sorrow, and sometimes even horror in the lives of people in the small towns and down the dirt roads of the South. ”  Wayne Wood, author of Watching the Wheels: Cheap irony, righteous indignation and semi-enlightened opinion

With the spirit of a barefoot, callous-kneed tomboy lifting stones to collect grubs, beetles, and wiggle worms for creek-fishing, Mandy Haynes never averts her eyes or shies away from the hard truths of rough living. She’s casting into the weeds, where silt-dwellers and mud bugs are circled by dragonflies, their brilliant sapphire blues and the lace of their wings darting and emerging, like Haynes’ tales, from all six directions, and with redemptive grace.” -Suzanne Hudson, prize winning author of 2018’s Shoe-Burnin’ Season: A Womanifesto (pseudonym R.P. Saffire) and 2019’s The Fall of the Nixon Administration, a comic novel

“It may be fiction but it’s all true. Mandy writes razor- sharp, down-to-the bone southern tales about total strangers that you have known all your whole life. They jump off the page and grab you by the heart and they hang on long after the words have stopped. She knows us better than we know ourselves. This is the good stuff.” -Mike Henderson, singer/songwriter, musician, all around bad-ass

“Mandy Haynes has an amazing voice that reaches right into your gut. A talent like this is rare, and I look forward to seeing more from her soon.”   Nadia Bruce-Rawlings, author of Scars

“I loved these stories and the way that they reveal their truth with the slow, meticulous precision of a surgeon. This writer is not afraid to cut deep to reveal hidden truths and deliver justice in surprising ways the reader doesn’t see coming. Mandy Haynes is inventive, original and Southern to the bone.” –River Jordan, author of Confessions of A Christian Mystic, Southern Writers on Writing *, Praying for Strangers, The Miracle of Mercy Land, Saints In Limbo, The Messenger of Magnolia Street, The Gin Girl

“In her debut short story collection Walking the Wrong Way Home Mandy Haynes captures the stark contrast between the beauty of the natural world and the darkness of the hurtful people whose brokenness trickles down to others in their lives. These stories of less than perfect relationships and the shiny souls that not only survive them but often thrive are set—where else?—in the South of Haynes’ childhood. Her lyrical prose, picturesque settings, and vividly drawn characters pull the reader in from the beginning of each story, keeping alive the seeds of hope that she plants as she works the rich soil of southern literary fiction.” —Susan Cushman, author of Friends of the Library (short stories) and editor of Southern Writers on Writing

“Words and sentences are like music, the rhythms and the cadences wrap around you and pull you along. Mandy’s work also like a heavy blanket on a good night’s sleep. You don’t want to end – the story or the sleep either one.”  Tommy Womack, singer-songwriter and author of Dust Bunnies, a memoir, Cheese Chronicles: The True Story of a Rock n Roll Band You’ve Never Heard Of, and the Lavender Boys and Elsie

“Mandy Haynes doesn’t write stories, she creates universes. From her mind comes people who inspire and infuriate and inform. They’ll make you ache and smile and sigh, all at the same time.” Peter Cooper, author of Johnny’s Cash and Charlie’s Pride: Lasting Legends and Untold Adventures in Country Music