PJ Byer is the Young Adult writer of the Trial Bay series, Collision and Corrosion, Books 1 and 2 respectively. Collision is a finalist in the Teen section of the International 2015 Wishing Shelf Book Awards, as well as chosen as the 2016 Year 10 novel study at MacKillop Catholic College, Warnervale, NSW.
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, who is disturbed by her flashbacks to Trial Bay gaol a century before. Corrosion, Book 2, is a warm-hearted yet poignant story of Stella’s father Paul as a teenager, and his fragmenting relationship with his mum, Mary. She is desperate to keep family secrets hidden from him, until an ultimate showdown threatens to destroy their relationship.
PJ began to write the day after she retired from English, History and Drama teaching. Inspired by the stories of Trial Bay gaol, where hundreds of World War One Germans were interned, her series has evolved to delve into family generational secrets, and the fall-out from these.
Happily married with two adult daughters, PJ lives on the Central Coast near the beach, an hour north of Sydney. Her interests include bushwalking, stand-up paddle boarding, theatre, music and singing, as well as volunteering for ShelterBox, a disaster relief charity.