Sharon has had short stories published in Morpheus Tales (a magazine of horror, science fiction and fantasy) and the Reader’s Digest website (notably lacking in horror, science fiction and fantasy).
Her debut novel, Magenta Opium, was released by New Libri Press electronically in November 2012 and physically in March 2013. If you search Sharon E Baillie online you’ll find a selection of her published chemical works, although that advice should only be followed if you really want to know about some nifty novel chemistry.
And now from the author herself:
As a wife, a mother of two and a full-time student, finding time to indulge in my writing was a challenge! My options were limited: give up sleep altogether or squeeze every moment I could out of any alone time I managed to scrounge. I love my bed passionately, so that ruled out option one. Fellow parents can testify to the 24 hour on-call nature of having kids in a house, so the only “alone time” I truly had was when I was commuting to university for my PhD. Clearly not the ideal way to write a novel, but as it was the only time I could manage it, I managed it! The earphones went in, the music turned up, and all other commuters were instantly forgotten as I lost myself in my writing.
For approximately 30 minutes at a time.
On my BlackBerry.
Yes, BlackBerry. I wrote my entire novel, Magenta Opium, on my mobile phone. It was the fastest half hour of the day and I am certain the regular passengers on the 0803 to Glasgow thought I was seriously addicted to texting. I prayed for delays, broken down trains and signalling problems so my tired wee fingers could type out a few extra paragraphs before the train arrived at its destination and I disembarked back into my real life.
Then all of a sudden it was finished. I had written a novel. And I hadn’t even told my husband. It never came up. At no point did he say, ‘what did you do on your train journey today?’, so at no point did I tell him. When he asked about my day I naturally assumed he meant the bit where I was in a lab doing chemistry things, not the bit where I was sitting on a train. Chemistry stuff = exciting. Sometimes there was fire. Seriously. Train stuff = boring, surely? More fool him, really.
We all know a writer writes, but it doesn’t have to be in an actual office / den / dedicated space or on a proper computer / word processor / notepad. It can be a stolen 30 minutes on a phone.
And a synopsis of ‘Magenta Opium’…
The Dempsey family takes dysfunctional seriously. The mother has been AWOL for 8 years, 4 months and 18 days, but who’s counting? The father gets up to something of a highly secret nature, details of which are a bit sketchy at present but possibly a bit kinky, which is detrimental to his hygiene but good for his overall happiness. The prodigal brother had been very naughty indeed. In fact, beyond naughty. Downright bad.
Meanwhile the daughter VERONICA is perhaps a genius. She’s definitely a scientist and arguably insane. Like many scientists, what Veronica likes best is routine. She lives for her schedule and shuns change. But when the police call unexpectedly at her house late one evening their arrival sets in motion a series of events that threaten to destroy her safe environment and sweep her away in a world of drugs, a dead body, kidnapping, piracy, extreme tattooing and legends. Not to mention the Devil himself. And all because of a secret ladder and what the police find in her loft …
In the process of being a genius Veronica discovers a way to make opium better than opium. Her wonder drug has the potential to change the world, literally and metaphorically. With corrupt government agencies and industrial saboteurs bent on stopping her, not forgetting that pesky dead body to deal with (she couldn’t just put it in the bin, could she?), will Veronica Dempsey succeed in bringing magenta opium to the masses?
Wow. Well done you, Sharon. If we want to do it, we do, don’t we. 🙂
You can find more about Sharon and her writing via…
- Sharon’s website: www.sharonbaillie.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MagentaOpium
- Amazon.co.uk (paperback): http://www.amazon.co.uk/Magenta-Opium-Sharon-Baillie/dp/1614690332
- Amazon.co.uk (eBook): http://www.amazon.co.uk/Magenta-Opium-ebook/dp/B00A3KUG56
- Amazon.com (paperback): http://www.amazon.com/Magenta-Opium-Sharon-Baillie/dp/1614690332
- Amazon.com (eBook): http://www.amazon.com/Magenta-Opium-ebook/dp/B00A3KUG5
- or from your local bookstore.
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