Chamelon Effect Author Alex Hayes Tackles Sensitive Issue Through Storytelling

Author Alex Hayes addresses domestic abuse through storytelling. Alex aims to reduce the stigma that those who are abused may carry; and how abuse can shape how a person is perceived.

ROCHESTER, NY (August 27, 2019) – The causes a person fights for reveal a lot about that individual’s character. In the case of author Alex Hayes, it’s not only her causes, but her characters’ causes as well.


Alex Hayes is the author of “Silken Scales” and “Perfect Pitch,” the first two installments of a planned six-part series entitled The Chameleon Effect. The series stars shape-shifting teens with unusual superpowers and is certain to appeal to young adult and new adult readers who enjoy romance novels with a paranormal twist.


But the series’ main characters also share another common trait: Many of them have been caught up in the spiral of domestic abuse, either physical or emotional. There is a big reason for this.


“All of us, in real life, face challenges,” says Hayes. “All of us live a hero’s journey of our own. Beyond entertainment, the objective of every story should be to provide a moral or a message we can all learn by, or at the very least, resonate with.”


As National Domestic Violence Awareness month approaches in October, the themes exposed in The Chameleon Effect series take on added relevance.


“Conflict. Tension. Life and death stakes. These are the makings of an exciting and satisfying story,” says Hayes. “The path chosen is what defines character. Choices make the difference between a good guy or a bad guy. A hero or a villain.”


“Perfect Pitch” tells the story of Cadi, a teen coming to terms with her life as a shapeshifter, and Dean, who is forced to steal his brother away from an abusive father and alcoholic mother. The first installment in The Chameleon Effect series, “Silken Scales,” tells the story of Idris, who is being emotionally pressured into following his famous father into a career as a motivational speaker. Until he transforms into something completely unexpected, that is.


“If Cadi or Dean or Harry or Hermione can survive a dangerous or painful experience, then so can we,” says Hayes. “Stories are our proof, our road map to overcoming hardship and becoming better people, leading better lives.”


The Chameleon Effect series is a world created by Hayes, who wrote her first fiction story when she was 12. Inspired by her mother’s storytelling, she began work on her first novel, “Ice Cracks,” at 18.


She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. In her twenties, she moved from Marin County, California to Boston, Massachusetts, where she built a career as an IT professional in database engineering. In 2004, she self-published “Ice Cracks,” which became a semi-finalist in the 2005 IPPY Awards.


Hayes splits her time between Grand Junction, Colorado and Guanajuato, Mexico. When she isn’t writing, she’s helping her partner, Lee, renovate a 450-year-old hacienda. She is mother to one beautiful daughter and many wonderful cats.


For additional information about author Alex Hayes or The Chameleon Effect series, please visit http://alexhayesauthor.com/ .

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