This exclusive author feature in prep for the Wattpad Block Party SEII coming this August gives you an author with a little magic, a little fantasy, and a love for all things young adult!
What is it about Wattpad that makes it such a wonderful forum for writers?
There is no place on the internet where you can find the volume of readers that you can find on Wattpad. Best of all, it’s a place where interacting directly with those readers is both easy and encouraged. It’s a great place to make personal connections with readers, and other writers as well! It is THE social network for writers because this is where readers are. I love creating stories and characters that really connect with readers and getting to hear from them through Wattpad is as addicting as the writing itself.
What is your genre? Why do you love it?
My writing varies between my novels and short stories, but my main passion is YA speculative fiction. I love all things fantasy and magic and my stories usually add a splash of the fantastic to more standard genres like Historical Fiction and Contemporary. I love it because I don’t have to put limits on my imagination — anything can happen when magic is involved. I can order the universe any way I want it to fit my novel and tickle my creativity. I love the feeling of creating a place from the ground up then transporting the reader there.
What are some of your personal accolades and milestones you have reached with your writing?
One of my most significant accomplishments was winning a Watty Award last year. For those of you who may not know, each year Wattpad hosts the world’s largest online writing contest where writers submit their completed manuscripts to be judged for different categories and the chance to win a Watty. There’s always the “People’s Choice” and “Hot Genre” awards, but each year there are new surprise categories. My story, The Prince’s Guide To True Love’s Kiss was selected for the “HQ Love” award. Besides that, finishing my first (and second) novel was the sweetest milestone of all.
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?
This is my second block party and I’m so excited to be back! I did the block party in February and while I’m not sure how many new readers I drew to my stories, I did get the chance to meet some wonderful new writers! It is a great group of writers who come together for this event and they were all so supportive of everyone’s posts. They are the ones who made it wonderful!
Who are some of your favorite Wattpad authors and why?
My favorites are @Prose-Punk for her unique, lush writing style and wry sense of humor, @ViridianHues for creating beautiful character-driven stories that grip you until the last page, and @BritainKalai for her Victorian and Regency retellings of classic fairytales that smack of Jane Austen’s wit and jocularity!
What writing aspirations do you still hold?
Some day I’d love to be traditionally published, but my dream is to make a living off my writing however that may be. Writing is a bug I caught that I just can’t get rid of, and even if I never see my books on shelves, I’ll still be writing and trying to improve.