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Pitch Wars 2017: #PimpMyBio – Dark and Fractured Seas – YA Fantasy

#PimpMyBio is an optional blog hop hosted by Lana Pattinson. You can learn more here. If you’re going to be participating in #PitchWars and want to do your own #PimpMyBio you can read about it here.

#PimpMyBio 2017





About My Book


Young Adult Fantasy


Seventeen-year-old sea captain, Aiyanna, has spent the better part of her life building a reputation as the Southern Isles’ most notorious bounty hunter. People are scared of her; and that’s just the way she likes it. When the girl she secretly loves is poisoned, Aiyanna strikes a bargain with the emperors of the Southern Isles to return their missing brother in exchange for the cure. But catching him could mean condemning her love to a painful death she cannot stop.

Basically, it’s a Young Adult Fantasy about a bad-ass bounty hunter on a mission to save the girl she loves, who coincidentally, has no idea of her feelings. There are pirate ships and giant skywolf fights, court intrigue and a kiss or two… And it all comes down to: Who is the real villain?

I have been pitching it as Shadow and Bone meets Truthwitch, with a dash of Pirates of the Caribbean.

I wrote DAFS last year, it got a few requests when I queried it, but ultimately it didn’t land me an agent. Since then, I have written 3 more novels, and revised and re-titled DAFS. I’m hoping that a mentor will help me take it that step closer to being everything that it could be, and I’m so excited to start work on it again.

AND! Here is a Novel Aesthetics collage that I put together:


About Me

This year I’ll be entering #Pitchwars for the very first time (I know, shocking). I queried it selectively in 2016, shelved it and have now revised it and re-titled it. My name is Dannielle Wicks, I live in a country town in Queensland, Australia, and I have a couple of books published by a small press in the USA. I feel that #Pitchwars will help me level up and I can’t wait to meet you all. Revising is my absolute favourite part of novel writing–I love pulling something apart and stitching it back up into a story that is worthy.

During the day I spend my time fixing computers for our local government. I’ve been working in IT for nearly 6 years now, and LOVE it. In my off hours I like to ponder cars and gardening, all while spending time with my adorable pups. From the age of eleven, I raced a speedway sedan in the dirt track circuit here in southern QLD. I was sorted into Gryffindor, which feels weird, because I don’t usually see myself as brave or daring. But the Sorting Hat knows best 🙂

I identify as a bi and hope to one day write and read about many characters that reflect my identity and those of the diverse community.

My Favourite Things

  • Books
    • A Star-Touched Queen
    • Shadow and Bone
    • A Court of Wings and Ruin
    • Wintersong
    • Our Dark Duet
    • The Shadow Queen
    • A Torch Against the Night
    • The Scarecrow King
    • The Cold King
    • The Princess’s Dragon
    • Easy
    • The Assassin’s Curse
    • Touch
  • Movies
    • How to Train Your Dragon
    • Crimson Peak (I know, weird… I’m super scared of ghosts, so this one surprised me)
    • Wonder Woman, of course
    • Moana
    • The Lego Batman Movie
    • Pacific Rim
    • The Space Between Us
    • All of the old RomComs, like Pretty Woman and Sleepless in Seattle. (I’m only 24, so… they are a little older to me)
  • TV Shows
    • Avatar: The Last Airbender
    • Noragami (anime)
    • Bleach (anime)
    • Beyond the Boundary (yep, another anime)
    • Lucifer
    • Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell
    • Into the Badlands
    • Misfits
    • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Netflix)
    • BBC’s Sherlock
    • Supernatural

That’s all! I think we’ve efficiently established the twisted, eclectic essence of me. Leave me a comment, or find me on Twitter! @danniellewicks

I’m super shy, but I’d love to talk to you 😀



  1. Rachel says:

    Ah good luck Danielle – your book sounds fun! (also QLD!!! I lived in Brisbane for 6 months and it was fantastic; I miss it so) I also love Star-Touched Queen. Have you read the sequel yet? Sooo good 🙂 Good luck with Pitch Wars and entering your ms.

  2. Hey there blog neighbor! Good luck! Your book sounds exciting.

  3. ImHereBecauseChasingWordsIsBetterThanFood says:

    Hi…. I think you’ll get pick. Just a feeling

  4. Adelle Yeung says:

    Ooh your novel aesthetics look amazing <3 I explained Pitch Wars to a non-writer friend earlier and basically described it as "leveling up," ahahaha. Best of luck!

  5. Brian Work says:

    Your book sounds awesome! Love that synopsis. Good luck!

  6. You sound so ready for a mentor. Hope one picks you.

    My husband lived in QLD for a couple of years. We’re now Perth-based.

  7. Deborah. says:

    Danielle! It’s so good to see you participating in PW! And DAFS sounds amazing! I hope everything is going well with you. Good luck with PW =)

    • Deborah! Ahh 😀 Everything is great! I hope you and yours are keeping safe and happy. Thank you so much for the luck, I’m going to need it. There are so many amazing entrants this year 🙂

  8. Nicole says:

    I loved everything about this! Your story sounds *so* enjoyable to read and I can’t wait to grab it off the shelf sometime. And your novel aesthetic was really intriguing. I loved this post and hope to get to know you throughout the feed! 🙂

  9. Lyndsey says:

    Your MS sounds so good! I really hope you get picked bcos I can’t wait to buy your book if you need anymore eyes on your first ten or synopsis etc. Just let me know!

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