For those of you who love paranormal, fantasy and a little touch of supernatural, our latest Wattpad Block Party SEII Author interviewee is for you!
What is it about Wattpad that makes it such a wonderful forum for writers?
It’s an engaging, interactive space where basically any kind of writing goes. But it’s not just authors posting stories; it’s a community of people helping each other become better writers and sharing stories that deserve to be read.
What is your genre? Why do you love it?
I’d say my main genre is fantasy and I tip into supernatural/paranormal territory. The book I’m currently editing (not on Wattpad) is a YA portal fantasy novel. The trunked book I wrote before that, also YA portal fantasy (but completely different from my current one). Trials of Faith, my book that is on Wattpad, is post-apocalyptic vampires that’s trending more NA than YA. The stuff that’s still in my head is even more varied. But for the most part what I write has some kind of fantastical element to it simply because that’s what I like. When I read I like to leave this earth and exist somewhere else, even if it’s on another plane of existence. The stories I write are just as escapist; I get to leave the world behind and immerse myself in something magical. Literally. And it may or may not kill me. Details.
What are some of your personal accolades and milestones you have reached with your writing?
My short story, Exposed in Manhattan (on Wattpad) placed third in the Rosalie Fleming Memorial Humor Prize. I flew to San Francisco and got to read it in front of a room full of people. It completely freaked me out because I was reading literally smack in the middle of a bunch of literary, higher brow stories and my work is one long tit joke. I nearly had a panic attack. But when I got up there and I started reading and people started laughing, not at me, but because they thought my story was funny, it was the biggest relief. I even had an agent come up to me after and offer representation because she liked the way I made people laugh. It didn’t pan out but it still had me running on a high.
Aside from that I’ve completed three novels (technically, the fantasy one I’m writing now is a reboot of an earlier trunked novel), I’m on the verge of self-publishing one, I’m “known” in The Lost Boys fandom for my fic the Changing Light series (which kind of blows my mind because one, I wrote that like a decade ago and two, people find me on Facebook and tumblr and tell me how much they liked it, it’s a great but odd feeling). Mainly I just keep writing. Despite the heaping piles of rejection I can’t not write. It’s just not an option. I guess that’s a feat in and of itself.
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?
Yes, it’s my first. I’ve only been on Wattpad since January and I haven’t made much of a dent at all so to be chosen for the Block Party . . . I mean my head’s still spinning. It’s a bit overwhelming, in a good way, of course. I’m in some excellent company. But if I’m honest I’m kind of freaked out. I’m feeling some pressure to create an amazing post. Really, it’s the first time I’m feeling exterior expectations with my writing and I’m super intimidated by it. But I like it.
Who are some of your favorite Wattpad authors and why?
I haven’t read a whole lot yet (I wouldn’t call myself a slow reader but I regularly read two books at a time as a book reviewer and I’m only able to read a few chapters a day of a Wattpad book) but the books I have liked are THE NUMBERED by MJ Gary (@bnlfan), THE SERVANT AND THE SORCERER by Annie Kendall (@Pelandreth), LIKE HELL by Madeline Stanford (@madelinestanford), and WHISPERS OF THE WILLOWS by Nian West (@Nian_West).
What writing aspirations do you still hold?
I absolutely want to be commercially published and see my book on the shelves at bookstores. No doubt. But more than that I just want to be read. I want people to connect with my stories and love them as much as I love writing them.