Bringing you more lead up to the Wattpad Block Party, Fangirlish continues with exclusive author interviews! *woohoo*
What is it about Wattpad that makes it such a wonderful forum for writers?
Wattpad is definitely one of the better run reading apps that are out there, for several different reasons. I think that Wattpad has all the interactive qualities that make an app successful, while also focusing on helping unknown writers become big shots. One of the coolest things I find is the comments section, where you can comment on every word if you really want to and share your feelings with other readers. It’s also amazing for people who aren’t considering a career in writing but like to do it as a hobby and want to share. Everyone is pretty nice and encouraging and those who aren’t are usually called on their BS before it can get too far. Also, help with covers is available if you ask in the message boards which is super cool.
What is your genre? Why do you love it?
I kind of jump around from genre to genre, testing the water in each, but right now I’m focused on sci-fi, paranormal, adventure, and fantasy. These are the kinds of books that I love so it’s only natural that I write something I would want to read. I love the liberties that be taken with these genres because as long as you can explain it, it makes sense! Cyborgs, time travel, dragons, scandals, demons, kingdoms, blackmail, ghosts, magic, undead girlfriends, ESP, anything! Being a writer is the greatest damn thing in the world.
What are some of your personal accolades and milestones you have reached with your writing?
In my personal life, I’ve been involved in playwriting for the past two years, and I was lucky enough to be chosen to participate in a program with my city’s grand theatre. There I worked with my close friends and two plays of ours were put on by local high school students. My current book that I’m writing on Wattpad, FEELING D.E.T.A.C.H.ED, is a book adaptation of the most recent play. I’ve realized that I don’t think playwriting is for me, but it was amazing to talk with other writers and see their processes. Other than that, finally starting to post on Wattpad (instead of being the dreaded ghost reader that I was) has been one of my biggest achievements so far. I had been thinking about it for some time but I was worried that no one would like my stories. It was a challenge to get over that, but I entered a contest on Wattpad run by an ACTUAL, PUBLISHED, BOOK—IN—STORES writer, which I was lucky to win, and that was a confidence boost to keep sharing my writing and I’m very happy with where I am now 🙂 Oh! And the Block Party! That’s my biggest milestone so far.
Is this your first Wattpad Block Party? How does it feel to take part for the first time? If you’ve participated before, what has participating in past Block Parties been like?
In case it wasn’t totally obvious, I’m one of the unknowns this time around, but there’s got to be a first time for everything! This is seriously one of the coolest things that’s ever happened to me and I nearly screamed when I found out I had been invited to join. Honestly, I hadn’t known about the block party until I started getting more active on Wattpad in December/January, but the Winter Edition, the first one I ever read, was pretty damn awesome. I’m super excited for this one and everyone participating has been really kind to us newbies. I think I can speak for all of us when I say it feels like a community, looking out for each other, offering advice, and being super supportive.
Who are some of your favorite Wattpad authors and why?
Some of my favourite Wattpad authors include zaarsenist, bbgallagher, CesarVitale, JanaeMitchell, and kseniaanske, and while their unique writing styles are a large part of why I love to read their books, it’s also because of the way they interact with their readers. To list a couple of other reasons, zaarsenist’s series Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board was a chilling read. It’s one of first books I read on the site and I can distinctly remember going to bed at night after a supernatural filled chapter and having a VERY hard time falling asleep, convinced that my own personal haunting hour would start as soon as I closed my eyes. She also was a big supporter of a contest I participated in and commented on my story before following me (I was shell-shocked!). JanaeMitchell also does horror and I’m addicted to her writing. CesarVitale is absolutely hilarious and I’ve cried with both laughter and sadness at his book EVE. bbgallagher is a really cool guy and his books are insanely intense; he created a really great and personable protagonist who I felt I had to stay with until the very end. It was the same with kseniaanske, I loved the main character in her book ROSEHEAD and now eagerly await the sequel!
What writing aspirations do you still hold?
One of the ‘titles’ I go by is Aspiring Author Extraordinaire, which says a lot about my future goals and my current dreams. I want to be published some day (hopefully soon) and be well-known in bookstores. I know how unrealistic that might be, but as the saying goes, shoot for the moon, eh? As for the immediate future, I’m always looking for contests to enter and different opportunities or new things to try (right now, a friend and I are working on an app, similar to a Chose Your Own Adventure story!), but overall, the goal at the top of my list is to write every day, when I feel like it and when I don’t, when the words flow or when the well’s run dry. Writing is the most beautiful thing in the world and in the words of Joss Whedon (Whedonite for life!) “I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of.”