Hi guys! 

Hurrah! Some good news at last! 

The progress is tiny, but progress is progress. 

I’ve heard it said that sometimes when you’re struggling to figure something out its best to make it last priority. 

Well, over the last couple of weeks or so I did just that with my revising and on Thursday I had the breakthrough I’d been hoping for. 

I was busy doing housework when an idea struck me. Bam! Just. Like. That. 

What if I was to start with Pandora’s creation and receiving the gifts that the Gods and Goddesses gave her? 

The idea brought back that fizzle that had been missing. 

I took some time to think logically. I know as writers we’re supposed to go with it, but I’d done that so many times and had got lost. Would it be too obvious opening with Pandora and naming the book Pandora’s Kiss? 

The story world itself wouldn’t be the way without her (or Lamia, my minitagonist to be precise), so I guess it’s only right to open with her. 

I’ve started revising, putting it right at the front to see how it comes across and if it would work. 

Hopefully this might be the start of good things to come. 

Can a book title be too obvious? If so, is that ever a bad thing? 

Hope you all have a great week. 

Until next time, 


With thanks to Anthony Delanoix  for the image via 


From Reader to Writer: The Books That Inspired Me


Hi guys!

Today I am going to be talking about the books that have inspired me to write. Although you probably guessed that from the title, right?

Whenever I talk about being inspired by the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling I’m met with the infamous eye roll. It astounds me as to why this is. The books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards and sold over 400 million copies. Not only that but the Harry Potter Series has become the best selling series in history.

I have to admit, Harry Potter wasn’t the sole reason I began writing but over time I have found myself becoming more inspired by her over the years from the book and film releases. I also really admire her for personal reasons and the triumphs she overcame to get where she is today.

I share some similarities with Harry. He found himself without parents and had to live with two people that didn’t have his best interests at heart. Harry did have people thinking of his interests in the shape of Dumbledore who was like a father to him, his Godfather, Sirius and gamekeeper, Hagrid.

  ‘J.K Rowling created seven Horcruxes. She put a part of her soul in every book and now those books will live forever.’ Stephen King said it perfectly. She was Harry without parents, she was Hermoine, the girl who loved books and Ron, not the wealthiest in money but in love he was wealthy by the bucket load.

And the biggest thing I admire her for is her imagination. Thinking up such a legendary game as Quidditch from an argument she had about football has to be the most brilliant thing yet.

Other books that have inspired me to write are The Girl With All The Gifts as seen below. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and 1984 by George Orwell which I have been told on the odd occasion is similar to Pandora’s Kiss but I take that as gospel and not the written word. 

Who has inspired you to be the writer you are today?

Until tomorrow,