Name Sharon Bayliss
Where are you from Austin, Texas
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc I am married with two small children. I have my Masters degree in social work from the University of Texas.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Watch Me Burn is coming out on 1/5/15!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I am a naturally creative person and I suck at drawing, but I’m good at writing, so that became my outlet for all the madness.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I can’t remember not considering myself a writer.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I wrote my first book when I was fifteen. As a small child I had trouble sleeping, and my mom suggested I come up with stories in my head. Eventually those stories became complex and wonderful, so I wanted to share them.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I write fast paced stories. I like to stay close to the action.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I like using titles that reflect the theme of the book. “Watch Me Burn,” has a double meaning. It’s about literally burning, but also has a more hopeful message that you discover at the end of the book.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That anyone can be good, or evil. And that there is always hope.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Everything except the magic. J
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Fortunately, no.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
When I was a teenager, I really loved Margaret Atwood, so she inspired me a lot. As a young adult, I learned how to truly love characters when I fell in love with the Harry Potter series.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I have the privilege of reading a pre-release ARC of Mark Falkin’s Contract City.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I enjoy reading the books from other authors at Curiosity Quills Press. Many of them are promising new authors. Some that come to mind are Katie Hamstead, Jordan Elizabeth, James Wymore, Tara Tyler, J.P. Sloan, and Vicki Leigh.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m almost done with book three of The December People Series (although I realize that I’ve been claiming this for a while. 😉 )
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Just one? That’s tough. There have been so many people. If you want one “entity,” I’ll say the reading and writing community online. Other authors, book bloggers, my publisher…I’ve had so many people take time out of their lives to support me.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, I do, but believing that doesn’t necessarily make it so. 😉 I have a day job that I can’t afford to quit, but hopefully one day I can make writing my full time job.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
There is one scene in Destruction that I might change, but for the most part, I’m very pleased with my books.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Staying motivated. Writing is a brutal career, you have to work so hard for so little reward. I’ve never seriously considering quitting, but keeping that passion alive can be tough.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I wish! J My books are set in Texas, so I don’t need to travel much for research. I do travel for book events and signings, 2-3 times a year.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Oh, so many things. The most important thing I’ve learned is that there is always another story. When I wrote my first book, The Charge, I thought I was a one trick pony who would not have any new ideas. But the new ideas came and they keep coming.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t give up. I know that’s cliché, but it’s so easy to give up and I’ve seen so many writers do it at various stages of the process. If you love it, keep going. Plain and simple.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Just THANK YOU!!! I am deeply in love with each and every one of you. J
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No, because it was probably a children’s book when I was four. But I do remember reading books from Judy Blume and the series’ The Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley High. I also read The Vampire Diaries about a decade before it became popular.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I laugh all the time. I love watching comedies, but my kids make me laugh the most. Also playing games with my family. I almost never cry, but when I do it’s usually for silly reasons like a sad insurance commercial.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I would like to meet J.K. Rowling
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Gardening, yoga, jogging, cooking.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love sitcoms. I could watch shows like Friends, The Office, 30 Rock, Seinfeld, and The Simpsons a million times. It’s like a comfort food.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Tex-Mex. Red. I have very eclectic music tastes, but usually Indie Rock.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Sometimes I wish I had learned to be a computer programmer or something, just whatever is the opposite of social work. 😉
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it? www.sharonbayliss.com