While on writing hiatus, I am going to be doing book reviews, reading, and posting information on contests, pitch parties and more for other readers and writers to check out! So just because Im on a break doesnt mean Im not going to be taking part in the writing world!
On that note, there has been such amazing response to Afterlife in the last 3 weeks. Tomorrow makes it officially 3 weeks since the Wattpad feature, and we've gained 50,000 reads for book 1 alone. This is amazing to me. I am so in awe of the responses, comments and shares it has received in such a short time.
Thank you to everyone reading, liking, voting, commenting and sharing! It means everything to me!
So, my blew my knee out yesterday while walking around the Christmas market. It is still swollen and buggered today, so instead of the gym, I spent the afternoon writing.... And....
I finished The Other Side! The final chapters have been posted, and although they are emotional, I hope it ended as you all would have wanted.
I know there wasnt alot of drama, of back and forth and climaxes with this one. Because thats not real life. Real relationships arent like Harry and Lane (Aferlife) with surprise and once in a lifetime endings, nor are they like Ethan and Blake (September) of losing everything. Real relationships are usually torn apart by two people too distracted to make things right. That was what I was trying to write in this story, a simple, realistic failing relationship between two people who belonged together. I only hope I did it right.
Final NaNoWriMo word count: 90,380
I have been writing non stop for over a year. First, it was Through the Dark, which was originally not planned as a trilogy. But after the attention it received and after readers begging for more, I extended the series. After that came Afterlife, a story that in the last two weeks has gained almost 35,000 reads and so much praise I am in awe. When I finished Afterlife, the plan was to take a break. That lasted about 2 weeks, and in that time the plot for September started flickering through my mind. After trying to ignore it and put it off, I finally caved, and started writing. Again, when I finished, the plan was to take a break and read. To catch up on other peoples stories, all the things I had been putting off. Then, NaNoWriMo, and that damn Adele song happened...hence The Other Side.
Well, I am about 5-6 chapters away from finishing The Other Side, the plan being to complete the book by the end of the week. After that, I am most definitely sticking with the concept of a nice long break. I intend to read some of the work of my readers, and be on the receiving end of their talents! I cant wait!
I just want to say thank you to everyone who has been reading, liking, voting, sharing and commenting on any of these stories, especially the mind boggling praise coming in for Afterlife. I cant even keep up with the comments and messages I have been receiving lately in response, and in my mind Thank You just isnt enough.
But since there isnt a word to express something like this beyond those two words, I extend them all to you now
Another interview with another great Wattpad writer! Meet Rachel, aka @scooby-snacks
1) If you could rewrite any favorite novel, published or otherwise, to change something about it, which would it be and what would you change?
My favourite books are the Harry Potter series, and I don't think I would change anything about them. I love every part of them, and although there are some incredibly sad parts, I trust that J.K. Rowling chose to include those scenes because they added to the story, and I think the books are perfect as they are. I don't think I would rewrite anyone else's book to change anything, as each story is entirely individual to that writer and is a product of their amazing imagination. I may sometimes want to scream at a character for doing something stupid, but that shows I am invested in the story, which means the writer has accomplished their goal.
2) Where do you draw your inspiration for your work?
I draw inspiration from everywhere, all around me, all of the time. Sometimes I will be sitting at my desk in work and a scene will suddenly pop into my head and I have to scribble it down on a few post-it notes until I can log on to Wattpad to write it properly. My phone is full of notes with half written scenes, ideas for upcoming plots and random oneliners I plan to fit into future chapters. My book follows real-life events, so when something big happens in the One Direction fandom I usually can't wait to write about it!
Songs are a huge inspiration for me; I was inspired to write the No Control series by (funnily enough) the song No Control by One Direction. I wanted to write a story about a relationship that was enticing and addictive from the word go, where common sense goes out the window and everything that happens is driven by desire and a lack of self-control. The song Little White Lies was also a heavy influence, as those who have read the books will know.
My characters are inspired by my friends and family - at least four characters in No Control are real people with the same names in real life, and are exactly the same in my books as they are in the flesh! Only three of them know they exist also in a Harry Styles fanfiction though...
3) Your No Control series features Harry Styles. What is it about him that you find so appealing to use as a character?
What isn't appealing about Harry Styles?! For me, he is good-looking, kind-hearted and a bit mysterious. He likes his privacy and upholds strong family values, and is the sort of guy you could take home to your mother! I find him easy to write about and I try to keep his character in No Control as close to his real character as possible. I hope I do him justice!
4) No Control has gained quite a following, with almost 100,000 reads. What do you think is the draw of this particular work?
I'm not sure - I decided to write the type of story I would want to read, and I like reading about famous Harry rather than AU Harry. I wanted my book to be current and realistic (I can't stand far-fetched fanfics!), which is why I chose to follow real-life events so the readers could identify with it. My leading lady is a One Direction fan, so I think my readers relate to her because she regularly loses her cool around Harry and the other boys - I get a lot of comments simply saying "This is so me!"
I also have a bit of an obsession with spelling, punctuation and grammar, and I literally spend hours editing and proofreading every chapter before I post it to make sure it is perfect. I can't read books that are poorly written, so I set myself a very high standard (and I kick myself when the occasional mistake slips through the net.)
5) If you could collaborate with any other Wattpad author, who would it be, why, and what would you like to write?
I'm actually a bit of a control freak, and I have a tendency to take over when I am let loose on something! As much as I adore writing, I don't think I would be a very good co-writer, as I like to own my work completely, and put my personal stamp on things. So for that reason I wouldn't collaborate with anyone else, but I have helped out on the odd occasion when fellow Wattpadders have suffered writers' block or needed a sounding board, and hopefully I was of some help!!
A self-confessed 1D Addict, Rachel admits to spending far too much time on Wattpad. She began writing her first book "No Control" in March 2015, which has since spawned the sequel "No Control | Holding Me Ransom," and the spin off to No Control "Trace of Innocence," told from Harry's point of view. She lives in the north of England and works in Credit Control, which indulges her passion for numbers and accuracy, and has a weakness for birthday cake, gingerbread lattés and creamy cocktails.
Jessica Bradshaw is a huge fan of One Direction, and has been in love with Harry Styles since she saw the boys live on the Take Me Home tour in 2013. When a random house party in March 2015 (during a break from the first leg of the OTRA tour) forces their paths to cross, Jess is thrown head first into the celebrity world. Struggling to cope with her new found fame as Harry Styles' rumoured love interest, she is forced to abandon all common sense and put her trust in the boy she barely knows.
What really goes on behind the scenes of the biggest boyband in the world? It's all about to be revealed...
The book follows real-life events from March to June 2015.
Yet another great author taking part in my mini author interviews! A fellow Wattpad fanatic, @thepaperbunny
1) What does writing give you that no other medium does?
Writing is freedom. Writing is therapeutic. Writing is a personal way for you to let out your frustrations through the voices of the characters. Once you stop taking this gift for granted, you'll realise how happy writing can make you feel.
2) Which would you rather do forever? Read or write?
Tough one! I suppose I would read forever. A good writer isn't a good writer without having read a good piece or two.
3) You have featured the iconic Michael Jackson in several of your works. What is it about him that you find inspiring?
There is honestly so much I could say. But in terms of story writing, I think his character is really befitting of my love for the non-cliché. Michael was a fun, loveable and extraordinary person that is exactly like those boys portrayed in novels ㅡ only he was real.
4) Which of your original characters would you most want to be friends with and why?
Joanne. Her character is actually based off of a close friend. In my story, Joanne is the type of approachable and laid-back person that even the shyest of people can quickly warm up to.
5) What is your writing preference? Silence, or music, or TV in the background?
I love to listen to classical and light music whilst I'm writing or studying. I can get really emotional listening to piano instrumentals like the Epitone Project's 'Spring day, Cherry Blossoms and you' piece. Ultimately, I find that it sets the scene and helps me capture the moods or atmosphere that surrounds the characters - that little bit better.
IS THIS IT?
Every girl dreams of finding her King and becoming his Queen. Just as how every King searches for a girl to make his Queen. But what happens when a Princess and a King challenge this tradition to be with each other? Krystal was just a hopeless romantic with a busy, eventful past; hoping to quietly get away to the US as a time out from her demanding career back home. Michael was a prestigious celebrity with doubts, insecurities but a whole lot of passion. Most of life's doors are not front doors, nor back doors but rather unexpected side of doors. When the twenty-year-old Krystal walks through the double doors that lead into Michael Jackson's 18,000-square-foot, French chateau-style Carolwood estate in the January of 2009, little did she know that her life was about to change for the better... And the worst.
I cant believe what a crazy week it has been! One week ago today, Afterlife became a Wattpad featured story in FanFiction. Since then, I have gained almost 100 followers, and the story has almost doubled its read count. This is so incredible to me, and I am so grateful to anyone and everyone who has taken the time to read it, vote and comment!
Additionally, my work on my NaNoWriMo project, The Other Side, has been going well. The goal is to reach 50,000 words by the end of November. I started a couple of days late, originally not even planning on participating. In fact, my plan was to take a nice long break from writing. But, thanks to my bad influence best friend, one listen to a remake of Adele's 'Hello', and a story plot formed in my head overnight. Now, thirteen days in to writing, I have reached 45,000 words! Reception to the story has been great, and I cant wait to keep working on it well passed the 50k mark!
Thank you to everyone to reads my work, supports me and encourages me. It has taken me thirty five years, but I have finally found my passion.
In keeping with my promise to feature and help promote great writers of all genres, here is my latest mini interview with fellow Wattpader @walkstar!
1) What is it about writing that you enjoy most?
I love words, and I love interesting worlds.
A true nerd, I am fascinated with words. I love the sound, the meaning, the history. I get excited by the use of a great word like gnarled or ornery or imbued. I love the imagery we can evoke through dialect or literary devices, playing with the sounds and the meaning of phrases. I love finding new ways to say old things. I just fucking love words. Including fuck. I use that word a lot. Oops.
From the time I was a little girl, I always escaped into an imaginary world to avoid the harsh realities of the real one. Usually, I did this through reading, placing myself into the stories I read. And as I went to sleep, I carried the stories forward in my own way, in my own voice. So, obviously I still love that escape. I love the fantasy.
But I also love connecting with readers and making them feel. I think there is great power in words, and I want to show girls that women are strong, intelligent, and capable through my characters. Even when they fall apart, they always find a way to put themselves back together.
2) Where do you like to write? Living room? Bedroom? Kitchen? Where do you find your 'happy writing place'
Actually, I usually write either in bed or at a Panera/Starbucks restaurant. I have written all my books on my iPad, so I can easily lay back with it on my chest and compose in comfort. But sometimes I need collaboration, even if we're not working on the same text. I have a writer friend I went to NYU with, who I will meet at a restaurant halfway between us. We both write teen fantasy and new adult, and it is incredible to have someone to bounce ideas off, especially when one of us gets stuck. I've also started a writing club at the high school where I teach, and occasionally I will have a Saturday writers' workshop at the neighborhood Starbucks or Panera with them. And I get just as much benefit from bouncing ideas off these teenagers as I do my old college friend.
3) All your works have very different themes. From fantasy and magical, to sci fi, to fan fiction. Where do you get your concepts?
There is nothing new under the sun. I take inspiration from the books and writers I love and from the music that moves me.
Black Mist was written as pure escapism, loosely inspired by the Harry Potter series. I am obsessed with Professor Snape, aka my boyfriend. Spoiler: he dies. And when he died, I desperately wanted a way to save him, which is why I developed the character Rose, who can heal empathically (she must suffer as the person suffers before she can heal). After years of it swirling in my head, I finally wrote Black Mist back in 2011, altering the world and characters enough that it is an entirely original work now.
The Other One, my first attempt at One Direction fanfiction comes from a much darker and more realistic place. I learned that my brother, who suffered terrible abuse during our childhood, had contemplated suicide. The idea that I could have lost him haunted me. Almost as a therapeutic exercise, I began to write about the most troubling and traumatic moments in my life, with a Harry Styles love story as the vehicle. It is almost 900 pages of loss and redemption, and I'm very proud of it.
The Plague, a futuristic, post-apocalyptic tale comes from my obsession with and fear of a future filled with dilapidated, boarded-up buildings. If you drive through middle America, so many small towns look like ghost towns--today. Even here in Los Angeles, there are streets with storefronts boarded up and graffitied as if it is the end of the world. While these sights give me anxious butterflies, I am fascinated to ponder what may ultimately lead to our downfall.
4) Of all the genres you've written so far (fantasy, sci fi, fan fic) which would you say is your favourite and why?
I can't pick a favorite. I will always have a place in my heart for Black Mist since it was the first book I ever wrote. But The Other One is so personal, so emotional, and so full of smut. And I love smut. The Plague is just disgusting and gritty, and I love that too. So, I don't know. Each is my favorite while I am working on it.
5) If you could pair up with any other writer, published or not, to collaborate on any work, who would it be, and what would you want to write?
So interesting you ask...your last interview subject Liz, @hesinstripes, and I are collaborating on a tongue-in-cheek sex ed "textbook" for girls. It will touch on body image, sexuality, anatomy. All the things we wish someone had told us before we started having sex. Or even once we were!
I also have a collaboration with one of my former students who participated in the writing club. Marisa, @thatgalwhosings, and I are working on a suspenseful fanfiction with Louis Tomlinson as the lead character.
Beyond those two planned collaborations, I would truly love to work with John Green or Rainbow Rowell. These two authors never fail to make me laugh and weep. I want to make people laugh. I want to make people weep. I mean, people other than my students.
Annie Walker, @walkstar, has been teaching English and journalism in Los Angeles for 13 years.
THE OTHER ONE
Haunted by the suicide of her older brother, Maddie Turner knows who her
overbearing mother expects her to be, but she still doesn't know who she
REALLY is. When she meets Harry, a musician and creative writing student,
she discovers her true self, the one that was hidden just under the surface, all along.
Lately, Ive noticed that I've been getting ideas for other books, quotes, lines, characters and the like in the most random of ways. From something I see on the street, to a commercial on TV. Even a statement made by friends makes me think of an entire (or parietal) concept.
I know its probably because I've been writing continuously for the last year, starting with Through the Dark and the following series, to Afterlife only a month or so later. Then September, now The Other Side. I cant seem to stop writing; its addictive and therapeutic, and even while Im working on a book, ideas for others come up!
I am seriously thinking of getting a writing journal. Something to keep on hand to write down ideas, concepts, lines and such. Sometimes the ideas keep nagging at me for a while, and are hard to forget. Others may be fleeting, and could be great if I put the effort in.
Since I am going out today to get Made in the AM, I think I might pick up a journal while Im at it! Any other writers out there use a journal?
PS> My author interview with @WalkstarStyles will be posted later this afternoon!
Another participant of my mini author interviews is fellow Twitter addict and Wattpadder Elizabeth Bruno. She is hilarious, talented, and you should check her out! Meet Elizabeth, aka @hesinstripes
1) What made you decide to start writing?
Fanfic? That's an easy answer, I was having a hard time finding quality fanfiction that I could really get into. I decided to write something like what I was looking for. Writing in general, now that's much more complex. I've always loved writing and indulged in it in some capacity since adolescence. I remember writing a short story in second grade, I think it was our take on The Princess and the Pea. Even then I was researching the best words to convey what I wanted to say and thinking about character development, though in the way a 6 year old would. And of course, adding humor because my writing style seems to alway incorporate humor in some way. I wrote poetry and songs in my teenage years, but into adulthood it sort of fell by the wayside. About 4 years ago I started blogging on a whim, mainly because I was craving that creative outlet that writing gave me. That developed into a part time writing job, so now I write everyday.
2) Your work is in the fanfiction genre. why fanfic?
My daytime writing is very real and straightforward. I contribute to a major wellness website and write heavily researched articles. I love research and fact, which is probably why my fanfic mirrors real life events. I research a lot for my fiction too. However, the fantasy and the escape of fanfiction is a nice break from reality. We all need to escape, and my favorite thing to get lost in is my thoughts about Harry Styles.
3) Your stories feature the members of One Direction prominently. What is it about them that makes you want to write about them?
I would've never discovered fanfiction or even WattPad if it weren't for One Direction. I always say Harry Styles is my happy place. Their music and the band as whole make me happy and give me a break from reality and adulthood in a way. It seemed like a natural progression to merge my writing with my love of the band. With GREEN specifically, I was inspired by the cover photo of Harry. His eyes sparked a story and I just began to write. His personality and persona are certainly interesting, and I don't think he's always accurately portrayed.
4) The story GREEN has gained quite a following. What do you attribute this to?
Thanks, it's been taking off lately and I attribute it to the readers. They are amazing and have shared the story with others and really latched on to it. Of course, the healthy dose of smut gets people talking, but there's still a story there that people connect with. I get messages all the time from readers who say something reminded them of Liv and Harry and I love that. I also really love the messages and comments when people yell at me because I made them cry or get angry. That is such a great compliment to be told you made someone feel real emotions with your words. I have to say that the small community of writers I've found since joining WattPad have also been amazing. We've really begun to support each other, share quality work, and get the word out that there are some really amazing stories and authors going unnoticed.
5) What would you say to any of your readers who may be thinking of starting to write? Any words of encouragement?
I've heard from a few readers who've made the leap into writing and I think that's great. If it's something you feel compelled to do and you've got a story in your head, by all means get it out, go for it. My biggest words of encouragement are to be yourself. Find your own writing voice and personal style. People respond to authenticity. My favorite authors all have unique voices that come across in their work. One last tip is take pride in your writing and editing is your friend.
Elizabeth is the author of GREEN, Salon 57, Sealed With A Kiss, and most recently Talking Fast, Talking Dirty. Her writing is fueled by a mild dose of insomnia and a heavy dose of One Direction.
Olivia's life felt routine and unfulfilling, despite her success as a fashion designer. Life was uninspiring and colorless, that is until she awoke and saw his green eyes staring back at her. That's the moment things changed, but neither she or Harry knew just how much.
Fanfiction, Adult, Romance, Mature
As if today couldn't be any more exciting for me, I am also a featured author on Romance and Ghostwriter Liz Meldon's blog!
Check out my interview with her below! She's a lovely person and a great writer! Check her out!
Thank you so much Liz!
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