Week 2 | Write a paragraph pitching your book and then distil it into no more than 3 sentences (basically, a blurb). Show both.

Part of the Acres of Ink 52 Week Writing Challenge >>

Week 2

I have gone through so many drafts and redrafts of my ‘pitch’ over the last four years and I’m still not 100% happy with the one I’ve currently settled on. In fact, even as I write this blog post, I’m thinking of ways to change it. It’s a very difficult skill to master and I wish you all luck with it (and, if anyone can give me pointers, I am listening). Here we go…


The paragraph:

When her grandfather’s house explodes, 11-year-old Anna Squires is thrown into a hidden world of magic, myth and legend. The Seelie Court – home of the proud and vicious Sidhe – isn’t just a place from her grandfather’s bedtime stories. It’s real; filled with wicked faeries, stolen children and deadly kelpies. Far from home, Anna discovers a family secret: her grandfather is King of the Fair Folk, and wants to name her as his heir. Yet, not everyone agrees with the king’s decision. Some, in fact, would kill to change his mind…

And the distilled three sentences:

When her grandfather’s house explodes, 11-year-old Anna Squires discovers she’s the heir to a hidden kingdom of myth and legend: the Seelie Court. Surrounded by the proud Sidhe, vicious goblins and deadly kelpies, she must prove herself worthy of the Elder Throne or lose her grandfather forever. But someone else wants the Throne for themselves; in fact, they’d kill for it…



phewPitching is the hardest thing about writing, in my opinion.

I suppose, like any form of writing, a lot of practice is required!

What’s in a name? Identity vs. Marital Tradition

garden-rose-red-pink-56866Four days ago, I became engaged to The Boy. There were fireworks (literal fireworks, because it was New Years Eve, at midnight) and glasses of champagne leftover cider from Christmas because that was all we had in the house. It was a great time.


Then the wedding planning started, bringing with it a lot of questions and – who are we kidding here? – judgements from relatives.

The Boy and I aren’t your most traditional couple by nature. Oh sure, he wants a church wedding and I want a pretty white dress. I want my father to walk me down the aisle and he wants a stag night to remember (or forget, depending on how much he has to drink).

scroll3Where we differ from blind tradition is deciding which surname to take after we marry. Continue reading

Week 1 | Your inspiration / motivation for writing the book

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Week 1

My inspiration for The Elder Throne came from a lie I told my oldest niece, Issy. Aged five, she was having behavioural issues that were driving her mother (my sister) around the bend. I decided to help out… Continue reading

Acres of Ink | The 52 Week Writing Challenge

Acres of Ink 52 Week Writing Challenge


What it is: A year-long blog challenge for writers, focused on their current novels. Probing questions, writing challenges and a chance to connect with other writers and readers. Plus, a handy ready-made topic for those blogging dry spells…

Who can join in: Everyone! But the challenge is targeted at writers who are currently writing a book or are looking to promote a book they’ve just finished. Or, y’know, writers who just want to have fun and chat about their WIP.

Good to know: If you use the #AcresofInk hashtag on Twitter, I will do my best to read, comment on and retweet your posts.

Want to join in? Of course you do!

Or, for those who prefer something easier, click the ‘Read More’ to copy and paste a text version of the Writing Challenge.

I’ll be starting in the New Year and I’d love for you to join me. Happy blogging! Continue reading

World Sight Day | Living with sight loss, trauma and decline

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I was the only six-year-old I knew who could spell ‘haemorrhage’ correctly. It was a word I learned from the dictionary, reading it aloud to my mum as she wrote a letter excusing me from P.E. lessons.


For those of you who don’t know, I was born with a condition called Incontinentia Pigmenti. The condition can affect many parts of someone’s body but, for me, it most prominently affects my eyes.

It is my experience with IP and resulting symptoms that prompted me to write this post today, as well as urge everyone to regularly have their eyes checked. The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) states that 80% of the world’s blind are avoidably so. This is a frightening statistic.

To find out more about what you can do to lower this number, please visit their website.


Bright lights and dark shadows


When I was six, I went into my mum’s bedroom, complaining of ‘lights in my eyes’. Continue reading

Merry Mabon! Celebrate the end of the summer with fun, games and, of course, food!

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This year, the feast of Mabon, or, the Autumnal Equinox, falls (no pun intended) on the 22nd of September.

Annual Celtic festivals are a big feature of The Elder Throne and, because I’m the kind of person who seizes any excuse to celebrate, here are some ideas for food, fun and frolics for this Friday…

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Week 32 | My inspiration to blog

Part of the 52 Week Blog Challenge


It feels a bit strange to be writing this post when my blog has been so quiet for the last few months. Acres of Ink’s silence hasn’t been very inspiring, has it? Of course, now that I’ve kicked myself into gear again, hopefully that will change because… my primary goal in blogging is to help and inspire other writers.

lionsI’ve been writing fiction since I was seven. The first story I can remember was written at age seven, about two warring lion prides in the suburbs of Kent. When I was twelve, I completed my first book – a historical novel that is better off remaining in the past. I like to think I’ve learned a lot since those early days. Although I’ve definitely written more terrible stories than good ones, I’ve won a few awards, completed a literature degree, worked in a few publishing houses and currently work in a marketing / editing role in London. I’m still learning and the idea is to keep learning.

writingishardI habitually gather snippets of information I learn from both my own experience and industry advice I’ve been given. Recently I went to a course about ‘How to Hook an Agent’, which gave me invaluable advice about the querying process. I’ll be sharing this at some point, along with other ‘How-To’s, over in the Writing Is Hard section. The idea is to help other writers with questions I didn’t know the answer to and now do, as well as document my own publishing journey. This section is going through a bit of a revamp at the moment, so if you do happen to mosey on over there, I apologise if some of the links are lost. If it’s something that interests you, watch this space, as I’ll be launching a regular WIH Monday blog from October.

Obviously I don’t always write about writing. My blog is also my personal space, where I talk about my own work, review books I’ve enjoyed, share anecdotes about my life or folktales I particularly love. Sometimes I’ll get it in my head to do something crazy like a 52 Week Blog Challenge, with mixed results. Other times, I’ll talk about charity work or surprise Victoria Sponges.

And, sometimes, I just feel the need to share pictures of baby badgers.