In keeping with the lead up to this summers epic latest installment of the Wattpad Block Party, we are hosting a line of exclusive interviews with some of the authors participating this round.
This time, we give you @ShyGabs!
What is it about Wattpad that makes it such a wonderful forum for writers?
As a reader, you get access to millions of free stories out there. Even if not all of them are for you, you’re bound to like a few hundreds of them. At least.
Plus, you get to interact with the writer’s of those stories. You can comment or ask questions, or even reach out to them.
As a writer, you have the perfect place to publish your stories and get feedback from others. Granted, it can be overwhelming sometimes, but you can learn from your mistakes and write better each time. I’ve also noticed that wattpad readers are super nice and kind. I’ve met wonderful people there that have helped me grow as a writer and as a person, too.
What is your genre? Why do you love it?
Romance, contemporary, young adult and now, fantasy.
Why do I love it? because there are far too many tragedies in the world and I write to make people feel happy, to blush and to skip a heart over a character’s smile. I write to get away from the everyday rutine and be transported to a different place, where anything can be possible.
What are some of your personal accolades and milestones you have reached with your writing?
My second story, Prince with Benefits has over 49 Million reads (yes! millions. I can’t believe it myself!) and it’s published under Pop Fiction Books in the Philippines. Plus it’s now a featured story on Wattpad.
Another one of my stories, Hopelessly Imperfect, made it to the final ten in the writer’s affair competition and is now published under Limitless Publishing.
And my other stories, have been around in the what’s hot list for short periods of time.
Is this your first Wattpad Block Party? What has participating in past Block Parties been like?
It’s actually my third. However, until the last one, I understood what it was like to party with everyone as I interacted more with other writers. I have to say that Wattpad has never been as much fun as it is now.
Who are some of your favorite Wattpad authors and why?
I have many. Tamoja, RK Close, Lavinia Leigh, Kristin Jacques, Elicia Hyder, Amber K Bryant, Elise Noble, Debbie Goelz, Brittaine Charmintine, Jessica M. Butler, Sarah Benson, Darly Jamison, Leah Crichton, Tawny Stokes, AJ Winter…the list could go on and on.
What writing inspirations do you still hold?
I’m inspired on Jane Austen’s philosophy of books: always write a happy ending. And I guess in just following your dreams and be brave enough to chase them. It’s not easy, but it is worth it.