Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Sharon Bayliss, one of my fellow Curiosity Quills authors. She already has The Charge available (Amazon Goodreads) and I had the privilege of reading and signing her soon to be released novel, Destruction,for CQ.
- 1. Tell us a little about you.
I don’t like wearing shoes. Whales really creep me out. My favorite food is birthday cake. If you wanted to know something more normal, and less random–I live in Texas with my husband and 2 sons, and my day job is in social work.
- 2. You currently have The Charge available. Tell us a little about it and how you came up with the concept.
The Charge is an alternate history sci-fi, set in a version of the United States where Texas never joined the Union, and instead became a monarchy ruled by a supernatural family. The story centers around Warren, a carefree college student who learns that he’s a lost member of the royal family. I’m honestly not sure how I came up with that idea, except for that I’ve always lived in Texas, and have a wild imagination.
- 3. Your next book, Destruction is signed for release soon. When will that be and what can you tell us about it?
Destruction is Book One of The December People Series, and it’s coming out 4/14/14. It’s a dark fantasy series about the Vandergraffs, a family of Southern Baptists, who are actually dark wizards. They have to deal with all sorts of family drama, the destructive power of dark magic, and the struggle between who they are and who they wish to be. I like to think of them as a more realistic and complex version of the Malfoys. J
- 4. What types of books do you read?
I have eclectic tastes, but I usually read sci-fi and fantasy, both YA, NA, and adult. I especially love books that have speculative elements but also have the well-developed characters found in more literary works. For example, right now I’m loving Vicious, by V.E. Schwab.
- 5. Do you have any advice for novice writers?
Don’t give up! It’s cliché, but it is the best advice I can think of. Becoming a writer often means working the hardest you’ve ever worked, for the least amount of money you’ve ever earned. And, I’m a social worker, so I know all about hard work and no money! J But, if you want to be a published writer, and you’re willing to deal with all the toiling, it can happen for you.
- 6. Tell us about your writing habits.
I have what I think of as a feast or famine style. When my muse gets going, I’ll write for hours every day, neglecting all other tasks. But, then I’ll stop, and do nothing for months. Then, the cycle begins again.
- 7. If you were one of the characters in your book/s which one would you be and why?
Like most writers, I write bits and pieces of myself into a lot of my characters. Lena from The Charge, sometimes reminds me of my young adult self—idealistic and willing to say anything to anyone. Sometimes I identify with Emmy from The December People series, although I promise you, I was not quite that horrible as a teenager. However, we do share some less desirable characteristics…but we also both turn out okay in the end.
- 8. If you could live and write anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Hmmm…anywhere in the world with my own private office, a full-time nanny, and a large bank account so I can write full time. I know that’s not the answer you were looking for, but it’s true!
- 9. If you had one wish (something personal) what would it be?
Every night I pray for my family and me to stay safe, happy, healthy, and together for as long as possible. That’s the one thing that I wish with the most passion.
Thank you so much for having me!
Katie Teller is a writer of NA fiction. Her debut, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, is now available. You can find out more about Katie, the Kiya trilogy, and her other books on twitter, facebook or at her own blog.