Looking forward to Sculpture in the Gaol at Trial Bay this Sunday, August 7. It’s the eighth year of this great local, artistic initiative in such a beautiful setting. I’ll be talking on stage about the history of the gaol, and selling my books in the Trial Bay series from my stall…pop by and say … More Sculpture in the Gaol
Photograph by Flora Greenslade. Okay…so you’re asking – rust? Rust is a nasty thing, we all know that. Metal objects crumbling away in the weather, rotting and corroding over time. Well, I’m using rust here as a metaphor, people! As in rusting, deteriorating relationships. I’m fascinated, as are many (most?) of us about how people tick, … More Worst Advice We’ve Heard about Rust
I’ve been a little quiet recently because, amongst other things, I’ve been busily writing the prequel to Collision. I’ll write more about this soon, but it’s flowing out nicely…don’t want to jinx myself! Each Friday I go to our Writers’ group (we’re down to three with Tima Maria Lacoba and Erna at the moment, but … More Just keep writing, as Dory says…
I Visit Terrigal High School for Book Week! On Friday August 28, 2015, Terrigal High School librarian, Ms Lyndall Gale, and Head Teacher English, Ms Carla Vieusseux, invite me to present an hour workshop on creative writing as part of Book Week. Ms Gale has purchased a copy of Collision by PJ Byer for the library! … More I Visit Terrigal High School for Book Week!
In Australia, of our approximate twenty five million inhabitants, the vast majority of us hug the coast, mainly the east coast. We’re an island, after all, surrounded by hundreds of thousands of kilometres of coastline. There’s far fewer of us in the remote centre or the dusty outback. We love water in any form ~ … More Beach…water, surf, sun. What’s not to like?
So, here’s the thing…I’m drawn to mysteries, where things have happened in the past, and these events and decisions affect the present. I’m drawn to stories where there are secrets and misunderstandings. Certain characters struggle with decisions about when and how to reveal these secrets, and this has consequences for others, who perhaps are unaware … More Mystery…or, what’s gonna happen next?
The day a new writer dreams of has arrived, and my book is published! Above is the completed cover. So much hard work, long hours of editing and editing drift into the ether as I see my book up on Amazon. I feel lucky that I’ve enjoyed the writing process, I fall into a reverie … More Collision is published July 5, 2015 on Amazon
My debut YA novel Collision is about to go up on Amazon as an ebook and also as a print book….exciting! It’s been a long journey to get to here. What’s it about? Well, an angry and defiant, Stella runs away from home and lands in a small seaside village. It is overlooked by the … More Collision by PJByer being uploaded to Amazon
A man is chasing her. She’s out in the sticks, up the coast. It’s a rainy, dark night. She crouches, terrified. My main character, Stella, is a runaway from Newcastle, NSW. She thinks she knows how to look after herself, but before too long she’s in a frightening situation. Red-hot angry, she ran from home. … More Keep running
I’m excited to announce my friend Tima Maria Lacoba’s first ever, official Blog Tour for her debut book, Bloodgifted, the start of the Dantonville series. The blog tour is run by Chic Lit Plus. See below for all the different bloggers featuring Tima on their site. It runs from March 3rd to 24th. I’ve been impressed … More Bloodgifted by Tima Maria Lacoba, Chick Lit Plus Blog Tour