Bryn Smith

Bryn Smith

Bryn is a not-quite-country-boy, not-quite-city-slicker born in Tasmania and raised in Townsville, Queensland. He is the second of four brothers. His earliest reading memories are stealing Sharpe books from his granddad’s bookshelf and getting book recommendations from his older brother.

He started writing in university. His first short story, a noir thriller, won the H Neil Smith Prize. His second short story, The Long Way Home, won the Busybird Publishing Prize and was his first published work.

Bryn started his first novel while at university and submitted it to the 2020 Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize, where it was long-listed. The novel, Magnus Nights: The Helios Incident, is a tech-noir crime thriller set in the futuristic megacity.

Thanks to feedback from Hawkeye and his editors (especially Lauren Elise Daniels) Bryn was offered a contract for The Helios Incident. He is currently working on the next book in the Magnus Nights series, Leviathan.

Bryn works in technology in Brisbane, is a combat engineer in the Army Reserves and enjoys horse riding. You can follow Bryn for updates on his website.

Author Q&A


  • Reading fiction and non-fiction (always read more than you write)
  • Horse riding
  • Indoor plants
  • Exercise
  • Toastmasters (public speaking)

Favourite books:

  • Gaunt’s Ghost series by Dan Abnett
  • Axis of Time series by John Birmingham
  • Atomic Habits by James Clear
  • 1984 by George Orwell

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You can purchase Bryn’s novel from all good bookstores and the Hawkeye bookstore.

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