Tuesday, 13 September 2016


Finally! After three long years at university, I have handed in the final piece of coursework for my Creative Writing degree.

A massive relief!

Although the course has helped massively with my writing, I have to admit it has given me very little time to actually focus on anything other than assignments: which has been tough.

But now I only have to worry about working full time while trying to find a career in the creative industries while juggling my writing, so that should be fine!

But I’m giving myself a complete break this week while I get myself back together and start working on my novel again.

I am about two-thirds of the way through the first draft of a Pirate adventure set on the high seas in the eighteenth century – it is so much fun to write and I hope that when it is finished it will be just as much fun to read!

Follow me on twitter @AuthorNiamh for updates on my progress!

Monday, 23 November 2015

Character Introduction

Just a quick blog to introduce you to the two main characters of my current work in progress!

It’s a pity I can’t draw their pictures for you:(

Mrs Catherine Meadows
Catherine, or ‘Cat’, is the headstrong, rebellious daughter of the local Lord of the Manor, who decided to elope with her best friend in order to escape her father’s tyrannical household. Since then she has become the head of the smuggling ring working from her young husband’s inn, ‘The Swan’.
Willing to do anything to get what she wants, the young Mrs Meadows sees herself, not just
as one of the lads but as their ringleader. But then one morning shots ring out across the beach killing half her crew and the fun of smuggling becomes a fight for survival.

Lady Lillian Exquemelin (Ess-quem-ell-een)
Lillian Exquemelin is the daughter of an English Privateer and the Granddaughter of a Dutch Pirate. Having always sought to make a better life, ultimately it is her relations who let her down when she inherits mounds of her father’s debt.
Desperate and destitute the brave Lady Lily finds herself with the one thing that could change her fortune; a map to her father’s hidden gold.

Armed with no more than their wits these two women set about finding their fortunes but don’t count on finding each other!

Saturday, 12 September 2015

New Novel: Outline

If you have been following me on twitter (@AuthorNiamh) then you know that I have been scribbling away every day on my new novel, posting my word count (as well as procrastinating, just a little) and keeping followers updated on progress.

http://brainleakage.deviantart.com/art/Mary-Read-AC4-424709098As with any large project, progress is slow but sure. I have now created a detailed outline of the plot for the story and although some things are likely to change, I thought I would share with you the title of the eight sections of the novel as they stand:

PART I: Escape!
PART II: Bristol
PART III: The Sea Nymph
PART IV: Mutiny
PART V: Marooned
PART VI: Hydra
PART VII: Buried Treasure
PART IIX: Pyrate War

You can’t have a pirate story without buried treasure! But you might be able to pick out a few other details of the story from those provisional section titles :)

I would love to hear what you think!

Thursday, 3 September 2015

New Novel

http://haryarti.deviantart.com/art/Hazardous-docks-494837522?&cuid=c56f1d86420fe5394f088be1b9b3ad75 Just a very quick blog to you all know that what I’m working on.

After a long summer of too many hours at work and not enough hours buried in books I have decided to dedicate the last few weeks before I go back to university, to working on a novel idea that I have been mulling over for a while now.

I love a good adventure and I have been having great fun getting to grips with my
characters and the plot, I shall let you know more details as time goes on and try to keep you updated with daily words counts!

So, not giving away too many juicy details, the story is going to be a full length novel set in the golden age of pirates. The story will follow two very different women on their adventures– there will be lost treasure, mutiny, hidden identity, murder and more in a swashbuckling yarn across the high seas!

Friday, 10 July 2015

I'm Still Here!

Just a very quick note to say I am still here and I am still writing. I have a lot of half finished projects on my computer and I have had a tough time getting stuff finished, sadly.

I have a ridiculous amount of works in progress, including a few more novellas along the lines of Gretel.

One of which is called ‘Lorelei’ – based on Mermaids, Rhine Maidens and Sirens; an underwater fantasy fairytale in which a female knight has to explore the world beneath. I have finished a rough draft of the tale but it wasn’t quite right and was put aside for another story.

‘Dark Circle’ (working title) is a paranormal investigation story, in the same genre as Buffy and the X-Files, in which small town Journalist ‘Kelly Parker’ is thrown into a world of sprits and demons after interviewing a suspected alien abductee.

I also have an outline for two more ‘Free Reads’ including ‘Red Rain’ and ‘Holiday Snaps’… both of which are dramatically overdue!

But once again work on those projects was halted after I opened another can of worms and started a novel: A Pirate Adventure, as yet untitled.

I have three months left of the summer, before I go back to finish my last year of university, so I am really hoping to buckle down and get at least one of these projects publishing ready.

So I am going to have to go back to basics and follow the most obvious and simple rule of writing: write!

No one ever said being an author was easy!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

New Story!

I have had a busy summer, which means I haven't been able to write as much as I would have liked - HOWEVER I have been able to put together a short story which I will be releasing on my Wattpad chapter by chapter, each Friday up until Halloween!

Enthralled follows Stella, a huntress with only one mission: to kill. But one night she has decided to take on a Vampire hive completely alone and it seems she has an ulterior motive.

The first Chapter is to be released this Friday, but until then, here is a sneaky peek at the cover:

Friday, 4 October 2013

What’s the meaning of all this?

I enjoy writing stories (obviously!) but why?

It is often a question which plagues new writers (and some seasoned ones). It is a question I was asked a lot when I first started out, and now that I am starting my MA I have been asked the question again.

It is not out of incredulity: ‘Why on earth do you want to write stories?!’ – it is usually asked by teachers and other writers because once you have got to the root of WHY you are writing something, the whole journey can become a lot clearer.

Not just for your career, but for each and every piece of writing.

With my last story ‘Gretel’ I set out with a clear message in mind, I new that was why I was writing the story and every time I veered off that track I was able to go back to that core message and bring the story back to where I knew it should be going.

My current project is a follow up to ‘Gretel’ in that it is another reworking of a fairytale - although this time it is the more obscure Nordic tale of ‘Lorelei’ - and exactly the same thing has happened!

I initially set out with a very clear message in mind, a moral if you will, and as I have written the story I have been dragged about in different directions and allowed myself to go on tangents.

I won’t be too hard on myself, because I know from experience that tangents can turn out to be exactly the path you need to take, and so they are worthwhile pursuing. But as I review and edit the first draft, I have found it helpful to ask myself at each chapter ‘What is the meaning of this? What is it saying?’ because I am discovering that although I set out to make one point, in some cases I have started to make another.

Luckily, because I set out with a clear message in mind, it will only take a few subtle changes here and there to bring the whole story into alignment, but I think it shows that it is always worth asking yourself, why am I writing this?