1) What is it about the online reading community that you enjoy (eg. watt pad, Archive of our Own, etc)
What I really enjoy about wattpad is that you have a variety of stories at your feet that cater everyone's tastes. I love the fact that everyday people can bare their souls into their writing or even aspired writers test the waters there first. I love that you can comment and vote. It's like Christmas when the author of your favourite story has a new chapter up. I love that you get to talk to the writers and ask about the story or even discuss it with other readers. I have made really nice friendships here where I can talk about writing concerns or even personal matters. I need to confess that Wattpad is addictive though.
2)Name a few of your favorite authors / stories that you have discovered online and would like to share
Where do I even begin with that. OK so apart from your work obviously, I love the work of @walkstar, @hesinstripes, @scooby-snacks, @anzettejohnson, @styles_orama @ciaoniccie, @Posh777 to name a few. I am sorry if I have left anyone behind. Their work is mind-blowing to be honest. I have also written something but whenever I read something from them I am tempted to delete my stuff because I feel unworthy. Anything you read from them is awesome!
3) If you could name one single book on Wattpad where the story/characters stayed with you long after you finished, which would it be?
I am not trying to be a suck up but Harry and Lane were pretty intense from the Afterlife trilogy (probably read it at least 4 times), which was AU and Harry and Jess from @scooby-snacks No control. Sorry I just can't pick up just one story.
4) What do you feel the online writing/reading community offers that traditional means (trade paperback) doesn't?
The thing that is different is that this form of reading is interactive. You comment and you show your support by voting or your annoyance by letting the writer know what is bothering you, there is a relationship between the writer and the reader and that is something you can experience with the traditional way of reading I guess.
5) What is your earliest reading memory? Favorite book as a child?
What I remember clearly is my mom reading to me especially when I was sick or when I would go to bed. She would make different voices to entertain me and I loved that. My favourite book as a child was Heidi by Johanna Spyri. It was a thick book with tiny letters and not many pictures and when I finally finished it I thought I could conquer the world. I have been reading throughout my life and I know that they will probably find me in a chair with a book or an ipad on my lap when I pass away. Books are my escape from reality, from routine, they are a window to someone else's world. "I am telling you stories...trust me" (Janette Winterson, The Passion")