Kidnapping Death’s Daughter – buk talk

Hey everyone!

I said that today I would talk about my book and start posting quotes from it (which feels weird, to be honest) so here I am, being all blog responsible, and doing just that!

Kidnapping Death’s Daughter is a young adult urban fantasy novel (that’s a fair few tags) that I wrote a couple of years ago. I wrote the entire damn thing in a month…and then I faffed with it for three years. It really is the editing that’s the stickler, isn’t it? Although, come to think of it, I also left it to sit all sad and alone wherever its feet were up, too…

I had it in mind that I wanted an agent, that partnership and friendship I’d seen other writers talk about. I’m a rubbish sales person and I can’t speak highly for my work, so I thought having someone who wanted to be in my corner would be neat. I sent out about 15 queries (when I really wasn’t ready) got back one encouraging one (though still a form rejection), and the rest were “No thanks, bai” It didn’t really discourage me, what did was the fact that I was actually undecided on whether or not I wanted an agent or to go it alone. I like me freedoms you see.

Fast forward to earlier this year, I decide I’ll give it another go. I sent out one query, got a rejection, read some stuff about indie authors, and decided that’s what I wanted to be. I tells ya, it has made things a lot easier and quieter in the ol’ noggin now that I know (haha – well, kind of) what I’m doing.

I have a real love for the characters in this book. If you’ve read my post The Importance of Character you’ll have seen one of them already. Gykruk is a swine, but he’s my swine. I also once made a blog post about actors I’d like to see play characters in my book. I’ll fish that out too – Actors I would stalk until they agreed to a role in my book turn film. See, I was wasting time on things like this when I should have been editing and improving the structure and story! Bad. Learn lesson.

Anyway, to the book! Here is the most recent query I sent. It’s bad. I can’t write queries, or synopses (I need to improve before I put out the full book – eeep), but it’s probably the best I have at the moment.



Ever since Robin’s brother died, every morning has risen with a new question, all of them echoing the grandest and most desperate: Why?
Until the day after Peter’s funeral, when a librarian with an odd sense of humour, and an even odder creature for a pet, reaches out to Robin and whispers an irresistible opportunity.
“Death has a daughter, steal her.”
The questions have changed. Could this be a bargaining tool against Death? What will he say when Peter is returned to him?

How do you kidnap Death’s daughter…

His cousin Caleb is intrigued and eager to join his adventure, and if the next morning rises with too many questions, now, at least, they have a clue to find the answers.
They leave for an ancient city by dusk.

In York, cathedral spires claw at the moon, gargoyles peer down on cobbled streets from wooden beams, and the creatures of Yr Oerfa feel their skin prickle as they sense the change war brings. Amongst them, hunted by beings more dangerous than two mortal boys, Death’s daughter is writing her own story, and it, too, begins with loss.

Kidnap her? First they need to find her.




I hope you like the little quotes I’ll be posting up weekly and that it doesn’t get too annoying. I’ll also be posting them on my brand spanking new Instagram account. Be my friend if you like. I don’t understand what I’m doing on there but I’ve seen a lot of ferrets. For the quotes I’m using an app I find to try and make them look a little more pretty. Please advise if you know of a better way. Oh! Hopefully I’ll be able to post some images, too, because I have a super talented lady friend drawing the characters and they look amazing!

Lastly on this post where I don’t know what I’m doing (see there’s a reason I laughed at myself up there) if you’re an indie author please share your experiences, or any other author for that matter, or if you were once an employee in a top secret agency, yeah, that would be cool too.

Hope you’re all well,
Will be lurking on your blogs soon!
Arbie x

14 thoughts on “Kidnapping Death’s Daughter – buk talk”

    1. Thanks, Walt! Doesn’t matter to me that you’re not an agent or editor, your opinion matters a bunch! I’m glad you enjoy my writing! 😀 Aha, I always do! One of my favourite spots!


    1. It does! A say from all is what I want to see! Aha! Ooh I think it was just a real matter of now or never to be honest. I first started a book when I was 18/19 (sokwurf). Took me until I was in my mid twenties to finally sit down and finish one! I’m really glad you like the looks of it!! ❤


    1. Haha, it was a trainwreck of a book and needed drastic editing. I had NO idea what was going on and bit off way more than I could chew with my world. It’s still obvious in how disjointed the novel reads. Lesson learned too late!

      And thank you! I hope I can share some useful tips! I’m sure it’ll just be my usual rubbish rambling though. “I sent the book to people by owl and it never arrived, post these days!”


  1. Oh! Here it is!!
    I need to say that the problem about traditional publishing x self publishing has been eating at me for some time now (then I remembered I need first to finish writing it yay )o)).
    Sadly I’m not of much help

    And oooh! The story seems very interesting! I’m very curious about the part that the Death’s Daughter will have on everything.

    And yeah, very little experience in the secret agency area but I may or may not have some good contacts and I do have experience in… well, unusual organizations, you know, some universe domination thing


    1. Aaah, Bia! Your posts always make me smile. I may just take you up on that little bit of you know what about the you know where. Pssst, universe domination is totally my jam!

      Yeah, truly it’s a bit of a nightmare working out which route you decide to go. I still have my moments of staring at the ceiling at night (I mean I think it’s the ceiling, it’s dark but that’s where it usually is) wondering if I’m making the right choice.

      I’m glad you think the story sounds interesting! She’s a pretty major role (one of the points of view you read from) and will lead the stories from this book onwards! xxxx


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