Interview with Wattpad author KayC91

13560129-144-k560709Tell us about your writer’s journey…

My journey has been pretty short. I started writing and posting my first book, The Dream Crashers, on Wattpad in 2014. Currently, I’m working on my second and hoping to finish that in the next couple of months.

What do you love about being a writer?

I love being able to bring characters and worlds to life. There are all these stories existing inside your head, and being able to share that with people who enjoy  reading what you’ve created is an incredible feeling.

What’s been the best part of being on Wattpad?

My favorite thing about Wattpad is being able to interact directly with my readers. They are seriously some of the funniest, sweetest, people. Reading comments from my readers is one of my favorite things to do.

How do you deal with bad comments?

I encourage constructive criticisms and comments with tips for how I could improve my books. Even though having someone point out the things they didn’t like with your story can sting, it will only help you as a writer. Although I haven’t noticed any hateful or negative comments, it seems like the general action for that that is to delete and ignore the comment.

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

Carswell Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles. He is hands down one of the most hilarious and charismatic characters I’ve ever come across. Dinner would be endlessly entertaining. We would probably eat at a nice restaurant that Thorne flirted and charmed his way into.

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

A combination of both to make things interesting.

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?52489913-208-k619516

This question is hard because there are so many interesting things from every era. If I have to pick one, I would probably choose the Scientific Revolution. I studied science in college, so it’d be cool to see where it all began.

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

Step out of your comfort zone more often. There were so many experiences I missed out on because I was too shy or too afraid to try something new. For example, I was hesitant about writing and posting my writing for the public, but now I’m glad I took the plunge. And even if things don’t turn out the way you’d like, you can still be proud of yourself for taking that step and you won’t have to wonder “what if?”

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

I would want to be a witch because they’re so fascinating. Witches have such a wide range of abilities and there are so many different types!

Where do you write best? 

As cliché as it is, I love to write in coffee shops. There’s just something about the smell of coffee and a cozy atmosphere that gets me into a writing mood.

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

The last book I read was Winter, the final installment in The Lunar Chronicles series by Melissa Meyer. It was amazing! The balance between action, romance, humor, and suspense was perfect, in my opinion. I really recommend this series for readers who like those qualities in stories.

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

The two stories that I’ve worked on have both been YA paranormal, with bits of mystery and romance. I think I would like to try writing new adult fiction next, just to change things up.

Where can fans find you online?

I can be found on Wattpad at http://wattpad.com/user/KayC91

Interview with Wattpad author Rowena Black

40724201-208-k471949Tell us about your writer’s journey…

I started writing three years ago but that’s not saying much since I’m only sixteen. I’m a huge book nerd so it only made sense for me to start writing. My cousin told me about Wattpad last year and I’ve writing on the website ever since. Since writing on wattpad I’ve realized that everybody has that one thing they’re good at and writing is my thing. I’ll be going to Interlochen Arts Academy over the summer where I will be working with a little publisher on my books.

What do you love about being a writer?
The thing I love most about writing is being able to create new worlds. I always joke around say that writers are like gods, we can create and destroy life. I’ve never enjoyed anything more than bringing a new character to life.
What’s been the best part of being on Wattpad?
The best part of wattpad is the experience. I originally went on wattpad for a confiden52775856-144-k430926ce boost. I wanted to know if people would like my work. Never in a million years did I expect the response I received.
How do you deal with bad comments?
To be completely honest I haven’t had any bad comments. I’ve received constructive criticism but those comments only make my work better. Like I said before I’m always genuinely surprised that so many people enjoy my books.
If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?
That’s hard but I’d probably say Jace Herondale. He’s been my literary crush ever since I read the Mortal Instruments two years ago. And of course we would either have mu shu pork or mangoes since those are Jace’s favorite food.
Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?
I prefer vampires as sexy blood thirsty monsters. Attractive villains always make a story more interesting.
 60858056-144-k694223
If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?
The time period I love the most is the Renaissance. So if I had to travel back in time it would probably be to the 1300s-1600s. There is a small chance that I might die of disease but there is also a chance I could meet Henry VIII or Leonardo Da Vinci. Even though it seems silly, I would risk my health to meet Da Vinci.
What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?
Don’t care about what other people think of you. Ever since I stopped caring about other people’s opinions I’ve been much happier.
If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?
If I could be any supernatural creature I would be a witch. I’ve always loved witches. I would dress up like one on a Halloween as a kid. By the time we learned about the Salem Witch Trials in school I was completely in love with the idea of magical powers. I think every teenager can agree with me when I say witches are the coolest supernatural creature because they can turn their teachers into frogs.
Where do you write best?
This is going to sound weird but I write best in my family’s basement. When I was a chi68836088-144-k481577ld I would go down there and play make believe. I’m too old to play now but my imagination always becomes overactive when I’m in the basement.
What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?
The last book I read was Omertà on Wattpad and I loved it. Ferro and Scarlett have the most messed up relationship ever. After reading about their troubles I feel very hopeful for future relationships. Because I know whoever I date next will never have me at gun point during our first date.
If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?
If I didn’t write in paranormal I would probably be a fantasy writer. They’re pretty similar, so I wouldn’t have to change much about my writing.
Where can fans find you online?
My fans can follow me on Twitter @rowena_black
Check out Rowena’s books on Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/RowenaBlack

Interview with Wattpad author Angela Merlo

meTell us about your writer’s journey…
It’s really hard to keep this answer concise. It’s been a long journey, a sad journey, one connected to my personal struggles with anxiety and depression. Fast forward through all of the, I can say that in the spring of 2014, I had an unfinished manuscript that I’d been playing with for years. An author I admired and a few other people were impressed by it and encouraged me to get serious about finishing and promoting the project.
Later that year, I joined Wattpad and began syndicating chapters of my novel, Devil’s Lake. I was a bit sheltered from other author’s ideas and ambitions about success on Wattpad.  I was easily impressed, and kept waiting for the chapter that would have zero reads, or the day the book would stop ranking. I suppose that’s my whole strategy for being happy. Anticipate the worst so that you’re expectations are always exceeded. Maybe that’s why I always get anxious when I’m tempted to raise my expectations and hopes.

My journey hasn’t been like some of the authors I’ve admired on Wattpad, but I still appreciate the successes I’ve had. Devil’s Lake reached #4 in its genre about a month after Wattpad began featuring it. It occasionally makes it back into the top ten or very near there. I’ve been aiming to self publish a paperback for awhile, all without the anticipation of making any real money off of it.  I’ve still tended to have that pessimistic approach of “Throw it out there without expecting a bite. Maybe something will surprise you.”

But with that said, I have been growing a little more confident and did recently write a story for the #OnceUponNow contest. Honestly, it’s the most light-hearted work I’ve written that I actually think is good. Amazingly I like my characters. They’re just a little eccentric in a fun way, rather than the dark and depressing way I’ve always defaulted to. Maybe that’s just a reflection on how much I’ve grown since I began writing Devil’s Lake. I don’t know. I am excited about the contest though and feel more enthusiastic. Even though I feel prepared for it not making it, it doesn’t feel as threatening to hope for it. So that’s got to be a good thing.

What do you love about being a writer?newdevil2
I think it’s more about being in love with the story and characters you’ve developed than with anything else. I am always surprised when I hear so many authors complain that they hate editing. I enjoy editing far more than I do drafting. The story and characters are far more fleshed out in you mind by the time you complete a draft than when you have a mere outline.

I once had someone point out to me that this might mean I didn’t spend enough time planning the story and developing the characters before I began writing. That may be true. Devil’s Lake especially has involved lots of rewritten chapters and revisions. It’s been a learning process even with the planning I did ahead of it.

I do think I could write a story faster and more organized than this one was (if I’m passionate enough about the project to start it), but I don’t think any author magically gets there by attempting to restrict themselves from the path of mistakes. Those paths teach you more than merely “what not to do.”

What’s been the best part of being on Wattpad?

The community is amazingly supportive, and its a good place to build your initial band of followers and supporters. Recently I became a part of the Wattpad Community Toast Group on Facebook. It’s still pretty new. It started with RK Close organized an online toast for Juliet Lyons to celebrate sending off her manuscript to her publisher. Primarily it’s about toasting book launches.

Largely it seems that the most successful writers on Wattpad don’t just have talent but really network together to help each other. Even when it comes to the #OnceUponNow competition I’m competing in, there’s a supportive vibe and I think the platform is really designed to encourage that sort of interaction rather than to look at each other as mere competition.

But I suppose maybe what I love about Wattpad is the access to readers. I love getting comments from my readers. I get teary-eyed just thinking of the number of people who’ve read my work. I’ve never had this many people read my work willingly.  Friends and family always seem to afraid they’ll hate it. They’ll read three sentences and tell you it’s wonderful and then go on about having no time to read. At least that’s been my experience.

Wattpad has given me a great boost in self-confidence. I’m so happy people enjoy my work.

onceuponnowIf you could have dinner with any authors, who would it be and what would you eat?
Oh goodness! I haven’t a clue. I’ll say this. If I could get a phone booth time machine and do a Bill and Ted, I’d gather up GK Chesterton, CS Lewis, and JRR Tolkien, put them in a pub and just listen to them talk. Maybe I’d throw in Flannery O’Connor as well, but I’m not sure she would stay.

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

Do you mean do I prefer Dracula or Twilight? I’ve only read the first Twilight book. It’s not as terrible as some people make it out to be. Certainly the level of it’s success is a head-scratcher. It’s not that good. I’ve also never been that much of a Dracula fan. I like Carmilla better.I’d say, though, it was really the early 90’s re-revival series that really got me first into vampires. At 10 years old, I did find Barnabus frightening, and yet by the time the show got to his relationship with Victoria Winters, I really wanted them together. I loved his internal battle.

In high school, my favorite author was LJ Smith. The Vampire Diaries were originally published in the early 90’s, so by the time I started reading her work, she was publishing “The Night World series.” Everyone loved Ash Redferd, but I still loved Poppy and James’ story over any of the series. Poppy had pancreatic cancer and was dying. James, the vampire, was offering to save her life.

I’d say, I don’t think it’s either/or.  It’s both. Meyer’s vampires, especially as they come across in the film, aren’t scary for reasons beyond the romantic elements.


Where can fans find you online?
They can find me on Wattpad at www.wattpad.com/light-in-darkness (or just search @light-in-darkness).
They can friend or follow my personal author profile on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AMerlo.light .
My blog is angmerlo.wordpress.com . My twitter handle is @AuthorMerlo though most of my posts are fed from Facebook. Twitter frustrates me to no end.