I just wanted to wish a happy new year to everyone out there! To all my amazing readers, to all those who read, love and promote my books, THANK YOU for an amazing 2015!
Here is hoping 2016 is even better!
* * happy new year 2016 * *
My goals for the end of 2015 were fairly basic. I wanted to reach 100,000 reads for the first instalment of Afterlife, and reach 1,000 followers on my Wattpad account.
The first of these goals was reached on December 20th, with Afterlife hitting 100,000 reads, and surpassing that mark since then.
Last night I hit the second goal, reaching 1,000 Wattpad followers.
I know other stories have millions of reads, and authors have tens of thousands of followers. But for me, these goals mean so much! The reactions of readings to Afterlife and Through the Dark have been amazing, and I cant thank you all enough!
I am hoping to come back to writing in the new year, and have a few new concepts floating around in my head!
Thank you for making it possible for me to reach these little goals! YOU reached them!
Today we reached a milestone that I have been hoping to reach for the last several weeks. Today, Afterlife hit 100,000 reads on Wattpad!
I saw we reached this milestone because we did. i wrote it, but you read it. And I cant thank you all enough for making this happen!
This was one of two pre new year goals, and we hit it over a week before I thought we would. The other is for my Wattpad to reach 1000 followers, and as of right now, I am 24 away from this goal. We will see if both goals are reached before 2016 hits!
Thank you all again for making me so happy and for read Afterlife!
Writers such as myself would be nothing without our amazing readers! Learn more about one of these incredible readers, Theresa!
1) What is it you love best about reading?
Reading was and always will be my escape into worlds I'll never know. It gives me peace.
2) What do you feel is the draw of Wattpad? What is it about online reading communities that you love?
Wattpad has allowed me to interact with the writer, and every reader would love the chance to do that with a favorite author. You become much more invested in a story. I also enjoy being able to talk with other readers of my favorites.
3) List a few of your favorite authors/works from Wattpad and why.
Of course you know I love your writing and I fall in love with your characters. I'm currently reading Green by hesinstripes and enjoying it immensely. You and she have recommended a few others. And Feisty bunny has a very sweet story I am keeping up with. There is something about your characters that makes them real to me. I have not recovered from some of them. I miss them.
4) Are there any stories where the storyline/characters stayed with you long after you finished? Why?
You know Afterlife and the two sequels have stayed with me long after they were gone. I related with them so closely. And Hide stayed with me for a long time. Those two kids!!!
5) Which do you prefer? eReading or traditional paperback?
I am still new to Wattpad but I have really enjoyed just sitting with my phone quietly reading. With a traditional book you have to mark your page, remember to bring it with you, but e-reading gives me freedom. And people don't know if I'm reading or talking to someone so they're less apt to interrupt!
In light of my recent author and reader interviews, I was thinking of having an interview with myself! But as that is rather difficult, I invite you all to interview me! Post questions here in the comments, on my wattpad at @kristimcm or twitter at @unrealismbooks. If I get enough for an interview, I will compile them and post them here!
Ask me anything!
Another interview with another amazing Wattpad writer! Everyone meet @styles_orama!
1) What made you want to start writing? What is your earliest inspiration?
I wanted to write because I love to read.
In middle school my little group of dorky friends wrote stories about crushes we had, and even poems about our friends. Most of them were pretty terrible. Amazingly enough, I still have them all. I wrote even dorkier things that I will never speak of. . .
As far as fanfiction, I’d read so many and I thought to myself, “I can do that.” Having only written poems, short stories, and memoir previously, this is my first time writing a full book, so it’s been a challenge.
Toni Morrison said, “If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” This was in the front of my mind when I had the ideas for STRONG ENOUGH and HARRY ON THE PRAIRIE.
I was surprised the idea behind STRONG ENOUGH hadn’t been done already. And HARRY ON THE PRAIRIE actually started out as a joke. I used to love the tv series “Little House on the Prairie,” and I imagined Harry in that frontier setting, farming, building a cabin, catching fish. All manly and sweaty. And I thought, “That’s HOT.” So I started that one to live out my little Farmer Harry fantasy, and it’s been delicious!
2) What do you feel is lacking in today's fiction? Whether online or mainstream?
Online, everyone self-edits for the most part, so a lot of stories need technical work with spelling, punctuation, etc. The ellipsis is seriously overused, as well as the exclamation point.
While I have read some incredible fanfictions online, it can be difficult to find something original. So much is cliché, and that gets old fast.
3) Your story Strong Enough has quite a following. What do you feel readers are drawn to the most?
Harry Styles, obviously. I would be nowhere without his angelic, yet simultaneously sexy face. Mhmm.
The sense of humor is original, especially considering the subject matter. The mood fluctuates from funny to serious, etc. The comments I get about people busting up laughing are still surprising to me, ‘cause I didn’t plan on this being a funny story. But I’m such a joker, I guess that part of my personality naturally started to show through.
I also think people are drawn to real characters. They are normal people doing normal things. There’s no drawn-out soap opera drama going on here. I think my characters behave like ordinary, flesh and blood people. They could be us, easily.
4) If you could collaborate with any author, online or mainstream, who would it be and what project would you like to do?
No one because I am the control freak of all freaks. #notevenlying
5) What intrigues you in a story to make you want to read more?
SMUT. Well, it doesn’t intrigue me, but I have been known to continue reading stories with shitty plots purely for a well-written smut scene.
Guilty pleasure: Dark Harry. Dark Harry on the verge of redemption. Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.
The first of my reader interviews! There is no one better to start with than an amazing reader, and massive author supporter and promoter! @chanmapan
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")
In a twist to my recent Author Interview posts, Ive decided to feature some of Wattpads amazing readers on my blog! Without these readers, writers such as myself and all of those on Wattpad and other forums wouldn't be able to share our work!
Readers know it all! They know the stories, the characters, the writers. They are the gatekeepers to all the amazing work online, and this is my chance to feature them and tap in to that knowledge!
The first of these reader interviews will be up shortly!
Contact me on Wattpad at @kristimcm, Twitter at @unrealismbooks or email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be featured!
Today I took part in the latest #pitmad event on Twitter, hosted by Brenda Drake. The idea is to pitch your completed novel in 140 characters or less. If agents and/or publishers 'like' your pitch, you submit your work for their review.
Today I pitched September, Afterlife and Through the Dark
I received a total of 9 likes, from 6 different publishers, for all 3 works!
I am so happy for the attention these books have gotten from readers, and now hope publishers feel the same!
Time will tell!
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