Friday, 12 July 2019

Elaina James Jewellery - coming soon

I'm so excited to announce the launch of my handcrafted jewellery collection, with my Elaina James Jewellery store opening on Etsy next week.

My designs are available in customised colours and lengths, and I'm always up for a challenge if you have a specific style or idea in mind...

I also make handcrafted clay charms, with a range of book, graduation, wedding, skating, and other charms available.

Here's a quick example of some of my designs:

Monday, 29 April 2019

New Directions - Script Writing

Last year I moved to the coast to focus on my writing. What I didn’t expect was that the move would also lead my writing in a new direction...

At Christmas I met filmmaker Vahid Keshavarz. His passion and enthusiasm for his craft helped to reinvigorate my own creativity, which despite my best intentions had been floundering as my move had proved to be somewhat more distracting than motivating.

Vahid’s short films have received multiple nominations, short listings and awards at international film festivals.

Vahid and his crew are currently planning their next project, which is a short film entitled 'A Heart Between Us'. I’m incredibly excited because it’s a script that Vahid and I have co-written.

'A Heart Between Us' is a short film about human connection and the impact someone can have on our lives even when they are no longer with us. It's a young woman's struggle with loss and grief and her realization that life is a gift.

In order to get filming underway, we do however need some financial support and are aiming to achieve this with crowd funding. Please take a look at the link below. Whether you are able to help contribute or just help us spread the word about our film, we are so grateful for your support.

Get perks, make a contribution, or simply follow updates. If enough of us get behind it, we can make 'A Heart Between Us' - Short Film happen!

You can find out more about Vahid and his films on

Monday, 11 February 2019

Katie Fforde Bursary 2019

I'm so delighted to announce that I'm a recipient of The Katie Fforde Bursary 2019.

It's such a huge honour and privilege to receive this award, and know that I am in such great company amongst the fabulous writers who have won previously. Katie seeks to support and encourage unpublished writers each year with her award, and I am so thrilled to be selected as one of this year's recipients.

I had a fantastic weekend in London sightseeing and celebrating with my fantastic friend, Ellie Henshaw. Thank you for my beautiful necklace to commemorate the occasion; I will treasure it forever.

I have met the most amazing and supportive people since I joined the RNA, and I'm so privileged to be part of such an enthusiastic group.

Thank you to all my wonderful friends in the Birmingham Chapter and the whole of the RNA. I'm really grateful for all your kind wishes of support and encouragement.

Thank you all xxx

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Tidal Tales: Fairy Tales and Ticking Clocks

2018 was a year of change for me. Last October I took a 12 month career break from being an accountant to enable me to focus on my writing, and I moved to the South Coast to live by the ocean for a few months while I finish my novel. This truly is living my dream. However, there is one slight snag…
Like Cinderella, my fairy tale comes with an expiration date. At the end of September the clock will strike midnight and I will return to my old life and my old job.
So this means I have 9 months left to live my dream, and I am making the most of every moment!
To be honest moving down here hasn’t turned out to be anything like I expected. But then assumptions are so very often wrong:

Assumption 1

I would be so lonely living miles away from everyone I know, that after one month I would be heading home.

The reality however, is that I’ve already been here 3 months and I never want to leave. I’ve made some fantastic new friends and have joined two local RNA chapters. Don’t get me wrong, I miss my family and friends back home, but we keep in touch and I have no shortage of visitors. I’m assuming that is down to my sparkling personality and how much they miss me, and is absolutely nothing to do with the stunning sea view from my apartment…. Hmmm…. 

Assumption 2

With no job to go to or friends to meet I would become a recluse, shut away in my apartment all alone.
However, I spend less time indoors and get more exercise than I ever have before. I mean let’s face it, there is a beach right outside my door, and it would be unthinkable not to go for daily walks along it. But perhaps what’s more surprising is that I bought a bike. I now go cycling along the promenade every chance I get, which given my usually lack of enthusiasm for anything remotely sporty is quite astounding. Particularly as I hadn’t even ridden a bike since I was 10 years old. It however turns out that the old adage about never forgetting how to ride a bike is true. But that doesn’t necessarily mean I remember how to ride well… 

Assumption 3

I would retain my well-structured and disciplined approach to my work. I have always been an early riser and like to get my work done without procrastinating or getting distracted.
Until now.
Did I mention there’s a beach….?
Apparently structure and organisation have taken an extended vacation. I blame the sea air. My day is now determined by the weather and the tides. I take advantage of any sunny day to get out and explore. Which leaves the rainy, cold and windy days for staying indoors to write. Don’t worry, there are plenty of those, this is winter in England after all.

But challenging my assumptions is all part of the adventure. After all the point of a fairy tale is to live a different kind of life. How often to any of us get chances like this? Even if there is a ticking clock counting down, right now this life and this amazing apartment are mine and that’s what matters.