Mood-board Mondays #2

As promised, I’m back with another post showcasing some more images that have been inspiring my writing this week!

Some scenes within my novel base around wolves, strong female leads, fighting and war. So, you can bet that I’ve got a tonne of captivating pictures this week that have been helping me along the way. As mentioned in my previous post here none of these images are my own, and i’m just showing some appreciation.













Some of these next images are my favourites with the abandoned, post-apocalyptic vibe they give!




I’ve recently been doing some research on castles, and interesting locations within Scotland and Wales. This led me to these next images. I don’t share what photos I’ve used, or why, as my Work in Progress stays under wraps until – well – until it’s finished I suppose! Here are the next few.


I think that will bring it to a close for this week. Some of these pictures really are fantastic, and I hope they help with some inspiration.

Mood-board Mondays #1

I am so excited to introduce this to the blog. Photography is a passion I keep locked away as I don’t have the resources to do it right now. Art is something I grew up with, drawing, painting – but recently has taken a back-burner. But saying that, it doesn’t mean I”m not constantly looking almost every day. I use photography and art as a way to push my writing forward, or get me thinking if I’m at a loss for some ideas. It’s a fantastic way to keep motivated, and I thought I’d share some of my favourite images right now. I used mood-boards all the time during Art and Design and even my degree- you can really find yourself discovering some amazing images for your needs.

I love photos/art work that are genuinely thought provoking, pieces that make you want to step into them and out into the fresh air of the photograph. Melt into the painting of a shadowed room where a fire is flickering by mugs on a small table. You get the picture.

Here are some of my recent favourites, let me know what you think!

First on my list is some of Kitty Gallannaugh’s photographs. You can find her Facebook page here.


These next few are from Pinterest and I’m a big fan of that site, I find a lot of images on there so unfortunately, I can’t always give credit. However if anyone ends up knowing where they’re from, I would absolutely love to know!


There are some really great photographs here, and I hope they give you inspiration in the same way they do me. As you can probably tell, I’m a fan of autumn and winter photography, as well as fairy-tale inspired works. There are also some really good Photoshop skills going on in some of these.


Moving on to the artwork, and personally, some of my favourites.



That about wraps it up for today, there will be a tonne more next Monday – I’d love to hear what you think!



Novel Writing #1

There’s a mug of steaming coffee in my hands as I write for this, I’m surrounded by notepads and pencils, and I’ve just finished sketching. I have a world. I have my characters. I have their relationships and I have my villain.  I have a novel idea that has been grasping to claw out of my mind since I was twelve. Although it’s changed and altered as I’ve grown, the basics are the same and I finally have them down. It’s so satisfying seeing them written after all these years. Having the solid foundations to really start getting somewhere.

For my dissertation, I wrote the first chapters, and sent them in nervously to be analytically judged. Once I had my feedback, I began to think about what needed to be changed and what I could do to make it better. This put me back, almost, to stage one. Changing puzzle pieces and trying to fit them into different places, looking at where they link and where they don’t.

Although my research usually looks like a spreading of papers and sketches over the lounge floor, I’ve now moved on to notebooks. They’re filled with my illegible handwriting as I scatter my thoughts down, lines crisscrossing across the pages as I try to connect everything.

What my research looked like while prepping to write my first chapters

So, I’ve come to realise something. Taking a step back once having your feedback can make the world of difference. You can analyse it yourself, and really start to think about what’s working and what isn’t. That’s the point that I’m at now, and I’m slowly making some solid progression.

It’s set in London, and that won’t change, but the motives that I have given my characters will. The London I imagine is very different to the one we know today, and that means a lot of work in figuring out how everything works. It takes time, but it’s worth it.


I will now be doing updates on my book and where I’m at, talk about the process, the struggles and the highs.

Moving on from that, I thought it would be a good idea to list a few things that have helped me with motivation during this first stage.


Fleurie – atmospheric song’s are really helping the vibe of my book, and they’re really great to write to. Fleurie’s voice is absolutely divine to write to. I’ve been favourite the song Breathe lately.

Jaymes Young – always a favourite of mine. Not the most upbeat, but perfect for scenes within my book. Moondust is my favourite of his.

Films/ TV

Game of Thrones – the newest series has come back with a vengeance and with some of the settings, the dialogue and the characters, it always inspires me to write.

Once Upon a time – I’ve been watching the first series over again (personally the best) and I always come away really intrigued and inspired.

That’s all I have on the list for today, I’d love to know what inspires you to write, and what you love to do to get out of a writing rut!





Book Buys, July

July stretched out in front of me like browned pages, the smell of sun-cream and seemingly endless time. Coming away from student status and saying goodbye to course based books. I’ve since indulged in buying books for myself, not to the extent that i’m wobbling out of the shop with my arms full, dropping them with a face of pure horror as I struggle, but close.

If there is one thing a Creative Writer knows, it’s that a book shop is our own personal heaven. There is no “let’s have a quick look inside”. Quick looks don’t exist, at least, not for me they don’t. Fortunately, this means that I’ve raked up some really interesting buys.

I’ve listed my most recent below, take a look, because some of these really do sound gripping!


Caraval – Stephanie Garber 

“Remember, it’s just a game…”

A lot of YA Booktube and bloggers have been talking about this one for a while, and although I’m late to the bandwagon, i’ve since read the complete book and i’m so glad I have. Caraval is mystery and magic, twist and turns. It keeps you going and questioning the whole time, “is this really a game, or is this real life?”

It follows the story of two sisters’ stuck on their island by their controlling father, dreaming of leaving the island for the famous mysterious game Caraval, where the audience take part in the show. After writing to it’s Master, the eldest,Scarlet, gets her and her sister accepted to attend. The winner get’s one wish as their prize, but it’s not that easy, is it? It never is.

Gothic Utopia Dystopia Short Stories

I am a Dystopian writer through and through. I absolutely love the genre, and feel there is so much you can do with it. When I saw this book in America, I was first drawn to it’s cover. I mean, look at it. It looks so good on my shelf. I skimmed through quickly before deciding I absolutely needed to bring it back home. It’s full of so many amazing stories and I can’t wait to delve in and find new stories as well as writers!


We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

This isn’t a lighthearted read, or really a story that makes sense straight away. HOWEVER, the way that Lockhart writes drew me in pretty quickly, after flicking through the first two pages in Waterstones. They were advertising the book, along with E. Lockhart who I hadn’t actually heard of before.

Without spoiling anything, as this is another that I’ve recently finished, the story revolves around the Sinclair family. A well established, wealthy family who spend their summers on the island their grandfather owns. It specifically follows the eldest granddaughter, and her cousins on a specific summer where things go bad very quickly.

What I loved was that you never really knew what was real and what was in her mind, and although it’s not the usual genre I go for I was really surprised by how much I liked it. If you’re looking for something compelling and different, this one’s for you!

Snow Like Ashes and it’s sequel – Sarah Raasch

I’ve saved the best for last. This book jumped out at me so quickly it might as well have thrown it’s self into my arms. As you can see from the cover, smack in the middle is a symbol split into two seasons. Intrigued,and after reading the blurb the symbol was significant to the land the novel is set within. A land split by seasons.

It’s a fantasy novel full of dark magic, fighting and politics. In honesty, it was giving me Game of Thrones vibes and I’m all about that. I can’t wait to get into it. I read the first few pages and knew I liked the writing style, so snapped up the sequel immediately.

So there you have it, my book buys. I’d love to hear about some of the books you’ve recently bought, and any recommendations!

The books that made us readers

I once burned one of my favourite jumpers so I could keep on reading. No, seriously, hear me out. Being sent to bed fairly early did not sit well with a stubborn preteen, and as a new reader with the itch to carry on throughout the night and beat tiredness – I devised a plan. Once my bedroom door had closed quietly behind my dad, I waited till I could hear my parent’s voices downstairs before tiptoeing across to the large lamp by my bed, flicking it on.

Great, right? So simple?  Wrong. It was too bright. I couldn’t risk the light showing through the cracks in my door. My eyes caught on the red hoodie slung across my bedroom floor that I’d been bought for Christmas by my auntie. I had grasped it triumphantly. This was perfect! I’d seen people put things over lamps in films to set mood-light, so what could go wrong? After placing the hoodie on top of the lamp – a great deal of things, that’s what. I’d stepped downstairs later shamefully, having to tell my parent’s that I’d burned the jumper so I could read, defying the cruel, cruel bedtime. I was a reader, and a stubborn person, I wanted to read and for me there wasn’t much more to it.

So that brings me to the actual point of this post. What books made me a reader? I’ve teamed up in a collab with three of my very talented writer friends, in a tag of sorts named “The books that made us readers”. Their blogs will be linked below if you’d like a little look, I highly recommend (not biased at all).

I had to rake through my foggy memory for some of this list, but here goes.

#1 Every Jacqueline Wilson book

Come on, if you’re in your twenties and you read when you were younger, then you’re (probably) no stranger to this name. I’m definitely not. From Tracy Beaker to Candy Floss, I was absolutely consumed with these books and would continuously stalk the library hoping no-one else had taken out the one book I hadn’t read of hers yet.

#2 Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Yep, I wrote that right. A bit controversial but I have never regretted reading the book – at all. I was given it by my mum, as mentioned in my previous post, and once I’d read the battered copy, over a week later my eyes had been over the complete pages at least three more times. It’s important to mention the book, as it sparked my interest in the supernatural and romance genre, but it definitely helped to make me a reader too as it led on to other books in the genre, which leads me to my next title.

#3  The House of Night by P.C and Kristin Cast

I lived and breathed these novels. My friends were just as excited as I was as we waited every year for the next instalment, all to follow the drama of a girl named Zoe who finds out she is a vampire. It’s based around a school that she attends, and the story follows the dramatic life of boyfriends, magic, and darkness. I flew through them. The first book in the series ‘Marked’ came out in 2007 and I was around 12 I believe. I would have just started secondary school, and just been introduced to the larger library there.

#4 Imperial Spy by Mark Robson

I absolutely love an Assassin novel. I had no idea I would until I was presented with three books signed by this author as a present from a family member. I’ve received most of my books as gifts and I gave them a try, never looking back. I now have a shelf full of these novels as they are one of my favourite types of books to read. It follows a young female spy named Femke who is given a foreign mission.  It felt to me like watching a really amazing film in my mind that I would rewind constantly, just to watch the heart racing parts again. 

And now my journey down book memory lane is at a close. You can check out the other girl’s posts below, trust me you’ll want to!

Chloe’s blog,  Natalie’s blog and last but not least, Amber’s blog. Make sure to check out theirs later today, when their posts will be up and running! 








Why I’m a writer


As I stared at the large, fat screen, I felt my small body shudder with an impatient sigh. The crackling of the internet was a loud buzz in my shared room, and the large bulky screen of the computer – shoved underneath my brother’s cabin bed on a messy desk – was still black as I waited. My hands and feet tapped on the rickety chair I swayed on, my eyes glued to the old screen in anticipation.


This was me as a child. A mess of blonde wavy hair and large eyes holding all the excitement that my later, writing self, would still have when I had the inspiration for a story. I remember the chunky keys of that old computer, and how small my room was. Large identical cabin beds across from each other. My side of the room painted an awful pink, and my brother’s a dark blue. Once the screen had eventually decided to grace me with its life, I then waited another six hours to – I’m kidding, though it could seem like that sometimes – I then clicked onto Word and I began writing. This is one of the first memories of writing that I have, but it’s not why I started.


My childhood was one full of skimmed knees, roller-skates and forests, games in fields and trips to the farm. My summers stretched forever, in which I walked around barefooted with the smudge of an ice pop around my mouth and felt the heat of the sun on the bottom of my feet. I had water fights in the carpark with the adults, or make-shift dodgeball games, and my cousin and I would ride our bikes to places we weren’t allowed, talking about our favourite games, with our reflections on the surface of our town canal. When we weren’t outside, we would be piled inside on her bed, a game cube controller in our hands.


My imagination could run wild at every possibility, and I will forever be thankful that it did and that I was gifted with the close bond I have with my cousin. On those occasions with her, we would make up stories. Lots, and all very different. We would create characters, and we would act them out together, laughing until we fell to our knees, or bickering over which game character ours would date. I had freedom in my small town which meant I could be trusted to go off with my friends in the nearby fields and they too, would act out stories with me. That’s where it all started.


Eventually, once I could write properly, I began trying to create my own stories. Ones in which involved my friends at first, and then to works of fiction from my imagination – right on that ancient computer and then to my first ever laptop. I began reading, and it widened my horizons to a world I could be sucked into within minutes. It became a way to escape into a different place for a while, and I was completely consumed with the words on the page.


Many people have varying opinions on the Twilight Saga, by Stephanie Myer, but I will never forget my mum handing me her beaten copy and telling me I should try to read it. My mother, with the thousands of books clumped into boxes because she never got around to buying a book case, with her curly hair and love for supernatural fiction, was one of my first inspirations for reading. And that twilight book later became one of the first of many in the genre that I became obsessed with.


 For me, being a writer means that everything I imagine and everything I am passionate about – gets to be documented on paper and seen by someone else. Not just the fiction, but the day to day stuff that gives me inspiration. Writing is a way to cope, a way to show people who you are and a way to share your passions. And that, is why I became a writer.


So, tell me, why are you a writer?


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