What happened when PJ found her old journal, and in it was jotted the bones of a story?
What happened when that story had been rattling around in her head for fourteen years?
What happened when she admitted she’d always wanted to write, and now newly retired had time to pursue this dream?
She started, of course!
In the journal the story outline was set at Trial Bay gaol near South West Rocks, a beautiful place where PJ’s family had holidayed for years. She was inspired by the history of the Germans interned at the forbidding gaol during the First World War.
PJ grew up in Sydney’s Northern beaches, married Ivor, and they have raised two wonderful daughters, Zoe and Hannah, on the Central Coast. She had a long career as an English, History and Drama teacher, and is passionate about youth literacy and encouraging young people to read. This book is pitched as Young Adult genre, one of the world’s fastest growing genres, and is part of a series. A prequel and sequel will follow.
She has a diverse range of interests, including reading, bushwalking, a cappella harmony singing, film, theatre, swimming as well as volunteer work for a disaster relief charity called ShelterBox.
Twitter: @PJ Byer