Saturday, 12 April 2014


Introducing a new dark wizard family drama,
 Destruction by Sharon Bayliss, Book One in The December People Series.

Title: Destruction
Series: The December People
Author: Sharon Bayliss

BLURB supplied by Sharon Bayliss
David Vandergraff wants to be a good man. He goes to church every Sunday, keeps his lawn trim and green, and loves his wife and kids more than anything. Unfortunately, being a dark wizard isn't a choice.

Eleven years ago, David's secret second family went missing. When his two lost children are finally found, he learns they suffered years of unthinkable abuse. Ready to make things right, David brings the kids home even though it could mean losing the wife he can’t imagine living without. 

Keeping his life together becomes harder when the new children claim to be dark wizards. David believes they use this fantasy to cope with their trauma. Until, David's wife admits a secret of her own—she is a dark wizard too, as is David, and all of their children.  

Now, David must parent two hurting children from a dark world he doesn’t understand and keep his family from falling apart. All while dealing with the realization that everyone he loves, including himself, may be evil.

Destruction (Book One of The December People Series)


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Sharon Bayliss is the author of The December People Series and The Charge. When she’s not writing, she enjoys living happily-ever-after with her husband and two young sons. She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and playing in the mud (which she calls gardening). She only practices magic in emergencies.


What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarise it in less than 20 words what would you say? 

Destruction. It's a dark wizard family drama--a story about a more realistic version of the Malfoys.

What can we expect from you in the future?  ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre? 
Destruction is the first book in The December People Series, which will have four books, one for each season. I don't know what's coming after that, but the next year or two will be focused on completing the series.

What genre would you place your books into? 
Contemporary Fantasy. I love seeing a touch of magic in the real world.

Do you have a favourite character from your books? and why are they your favourite? 
Emmy Vandergraff. You may not see why right away, but she's an author's dream. She is a highly active character who always creates conflict, but she is also incredibly brave and can be quite the hero. As the series progresses, I love seeing her turn from a whiny, bitchy little girl to an incredibly strong woman and an absolutely bad-ass heroine.

If you had to choose to be one of your characters in your book/books which would you be? and why?
Ha ha! I absolutely torture my characters, so I wouldn't want to be anywhere near that story! Maybe just a walk-on cameo role where I work at the Starbucks where they buy a coffee.

Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
 I have this high stool where I sit and write at the kitchen bar. It's the only place my toddler can't reach. Otherwise, he'd constantly be "editing" my stories with keyboard bangs. I usually listen to cartoons and my kids screaming in the background. Sometimes, I get books or empty juice cups thrown at me.

Do you basic plot/plan for your book, before you actually begin writing it out? Or do you let the writing flow and see where it takes the story?
 I do both. I have a plan for major plot points, but my characters often take me by surprise. I love just putting my characters in situations and see what they do. I often find myself wanting to keep writing because want to know what will happen next.

Is there a certain Author that influenced you in writing? 
J.K. Rowling. Destruction is NOT a kids book, but you'll definitely see the Harry Potter influences. I absolutely loved the depth of her magical world, and I wanted to bring some of that magic to my own world.

What piece of advice would you give to a new writer?
 Being an author usually means working harder than you've ever worked, for the least money you've ever earned. If you know this and still want to do it, you'll be just fine. 

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