PJ Byer is the Young Adult writer of the Trial Bay series, two books entitled Collision and Corrosion. Collision was a finalist in the Teen section of the International 2015 Wishing Shelf Book Awards, as well as chosen for study at a local school.
The series is set in Sydney and the mid-north NSW coast, Australia. Collision, Book 1, is a fast-paced, coming-of-age mystery about teen runaway Stella Lawson. She is disturbed by her flashbacks to Trial Bay gaol a century before. Corrosion, Book 2, is a warm-hearted, poignant story of Stella’s father Paul as a teenager, and his fragmenting relationship with his mum, Mary, who is desperate to keep family secrets hidden. Mother and son’s ultimate showdown threatens to destroy their relationship.
PJ began to write the day after she retired from full-time teaching. Inspired by the stories of Trial Bay gaol, near Kempsey, NSW where hundreds of World War One Germans were interned, her series evolved to delve into family generational secrets, and the fall-out from these.
PJ lives on the Central Coast near the beach, an hour north of Sydney. She teaches part-time and is a doting grandmother. Her interests include walking, reading, swimming, theatre, music and singing, as well as volunteering for ShelterBox, a disaster relief charity.