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Wattpad Writer Interview – KrissandraC

Okay, there was a lot more family stuff going on these last couple of weeks than I thought. Those had to come before anything else, so I’m backed up – AGAIN.

Anyway, another GREAT writer has agreed to do an interview with me. Here is the awesome KrissandraC! Enjoy!


1.How did you get started in writing?

“Literally from the time that I learned to write my letters, I learned to read. And when I learned to read, I learned to write stories. My first ‘chapter book’ was at age 7, when I produced a story that was a whopping 15 pages of notebook paper. I can still remember being so excited that I’d made it to 15 pages, with just a few chapters. I can’t remember exactly, but I believe it was called “I’m too young to die,” and was about a girl who died in an accident before her 15th birthday. This makes me laugh, because I’ve NEVER been interesting in stories about pretty rainbows and ponies. By age 9, as I obsessed over the awesomeness of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I started writing my first vampire stories, and so the pattern continued.”


2.What is your favorite genre to write?

“Paranormal romance, by far! I don’t think I could fully enjoy reading a book that doesn’t have at least a little romance in it.”


3.What made you choose to post your writing online? Was it the community? Just the desire to have it available somewhere? Or something else?

“I’ve been talking about publishing a book for years now, but I’ve always battled this fear that I’m not ‘good enough’ of a writer, and it’s been holding me back. Writing is my life’s dream, so when I discovered Wattpad several months ago, I thought, ‘What the heck? I’ll see how my writing is accepted by a larger audience without the stress of being accepted or denied by a publishing house agent.’ This was my chance to see what sort of response my writing initiated in other people (because I NEVER had family or friends volunteer to read my work; I’m the only book worm), and I also hoped to receive some helpful criticism where needed.”


4.What are your favorite genres to read when you’re not busy writing? Favorite books or authors?

“My current favorite series are written by Kelley Armstrong, and they include the Darkest Powers trilogy and the Darkness Rising trilogy. These books are seriously amazing. If you can’t guess by the names of the series, they’re in the sci-fi/fantasy genre, which is by far my most favorite genre to read, alongside paranormal romance. Maggie Shayne is another great author, writing adult paranormal romances that aren’t just sex scenes every other chapter, like some adult romance writers do.”


5.I personally LOVED your story “Bonded.” Did you have any specific inspiration for the story, or did it just start forming in your mind? Vampires are so popular right now, how did you come up with your own concept of them, such as the whole idea of being bonded?

“First, a huge thank you for your support! When I started forming the idea of Bonded in my mind, it wasn’t inspired by the current boom of vampire popularity. For me, vampires have been the center of my creative passion since I was a preteen in the later ’90s. After reading a countless amount of paranormal romances by authors like Maggie Shayne and Christine Feehan, I started to become bored by the run-of-the-mill concept of soul mates. I was inspired to try something different – to put a twist on the whole soul mates concept by asking myself the question, ‘What would happen if you found yourself bonded to someone of the same sex even though you were straight?’ Unfortunately, after I was a few chapters into my book, I stopped writing it for almost a year, thinking that it wasn’t mainstream enough to ever be published. Then, much later when I joined Wattpad, I started seeing an enormous amount of same-sex romances – and here I was thinking that I was alone! Seeing a potential audience, I emerged myself back into the world of Bonded with renewed fervor and finished it in just a couple short months. The number of readers was small at first, but it has been steadily growing each day, and it makes me incredibly happy!”


6.You’ve announced that you plan on trying to get “Bonded” published by publishing house. What made you decide to go that route? How is it going so far?

“My dream has always been to be a published author, so it was never off my mind. As soon as I had a completed novel under my belt, I wanted to try to get it published. However, I was still stumped by what to do with such a nontraditional romance story. I couldn’t very well approach an agent from such publishing houses as HarperCollins, knowing they weren’t targeting my specific audience of readers. So, while I’ve been enjoying the small success of Bonded on Wattpad, I’ve been contemplating what to do with it, and I’ve found a few publishing houses worth sending a query email to. I’m still trying to perfect my one-page synopsis, as that seems to be the most challenging part of it all. I can’t seem to figure out how to squish an entire novel into three to five paragraphs. Once that is finished (hopefully soon), I’ll be sending out my first email!”


7.Where else can you be found online? (Facebook, YouTube, etc.)

“Wattpad is currently the only location. My Facebook is private for safety reasons regarding my children, so I won’t be adding Bonded fans any time soon, unfortunately. I suppose I could create a new account, but I can barely find the time to keep up with the one I do have!”


8.Do you have any advice for people just starting to get into writing?

“Finish your novel first, and THEN go back to proofread! Once I embraced this concept, I completed a novel within a few months – as compared to my first novel, which took me a staggering four years to complete! I was always getting caught up in perfection, reading and rereading a couple sentences until I was satisfied (and I was NEVER satisfied). I would often get so caught up in the grammar and flow of my writing that I would lose sight of the bigger story. This, as a result, would cause my writing to not flow very well at all, and my story would become riddled with continuity errors that would take additional time in having to read back through my story to find the facts that I needed to keep things straight.”


9.Do you have any writing routines? Do you need to have specific music playing? Does it need to be a certain time of day? Do you usually have something to drink or munch on?

“Writing routines are why I have such a difficult time writing now that I’m a parent! It’s hard to break free of old routines, and mine were writing very late at night, in the perfect, interruption-free silence, with a bag of salty goodness on the desk. Now, I RARELY have even 30 minutes to myself, and I can’t indulge in late nights because I know I’ll be exhausted the next day when the kids are raring to go by 9 a.m. So, I’ve had to adjust my routine a little, and I’ve become much better at writing with background chaos – but it’s still slow going, simply for the fact that I’m jumping up constantly to attend to the kiddies!”


10.Lastly, anything else you want to say to readers? About anything? Really, anything goes!

“I suppose I’ll just say that I won’t be writing solely same-sex romances – I’m still very much into traditional romances, too! I’m bisexual, so I love exploring both types of relationships. This might come as a disappointment to the fans whom I’ve already accumulated, since a lot of them might favor manxman romances. But I hope to never lose any of them! :-)”



October 26, 2012 Posted by | Author Interview, Wattpad | Leave a comment

Wattpad Writer Interview – Immlaaarr

Here’s a new feature I’m hoping to keep up with! I’ve been adoring the writing community on Wattpad ever since I joined last winter. It is so amazing, and I highly suggest everyone join it, either to write or just read some amazing stories. I’ve decided to ask a few of the writers whose work I love if they would like to do an interview with me, and so far the answers have been yeses. This is going to be a bi-weekly feature.

My first interview was with the awesome Immlaaarr, whose story “Wings of a Dragonfly” honestly almost made me cry tears of happiness. Here are her wonderful answers to my many questions.

1.How did you get started in writing?

I began writing properly when I was eleven, I think. It was a while ago – I’m seventeen now! I wrote a book that didn’t even have a title, it was just saved under the first few words on the page, which was ‘it was nearly midnight’. It was absolutely terrible, but forty pages in and I was pleased with myself. Then I got stuck on the storyline and gave up – it was very rushed. I read it back the other day and cringed so badly; I can’t believe I ever thought that was good. But I’m sure I’ll think the same about my writing now in a couple of years.

2.What is your favorite genre to write? Your favorite story to write so far? Your favorite character to write about?

Romance. I can’t help myself, I’m a silly romantic. My favourite book to write so far, however, has to be Twisted Tails which is a fantasy novel. It’s not a book on Wattpad; it’s a manuscript that I’m trying to get published. I do enjoy writing it though, which is obvious as I’ve rewritten it six times. Trust me; I wouldn’t do that if I didn’t love it. As for my favourite character, that’s far too difficult – I have so many of them.

3.What made you choose to post your writing online? Was it the community? Just the desire to have it available somewhere? Or something else?

My friend Giovannie – Amyscence on Wattpad – posted a lot of his work on Wattpad. I can’t remember how I got onto Wattpad in the first place, but I’m very glad I did. Before Gio became the massively famous guy he is on Wattpad, I read his work and fanned him immediately. I drew a picture of me waiting for an upload and posted it to his wall; this is how we became friends. When he began to gain more fans and I uploaded my work, he gave me my initial boost when he told everyone to go and look at my work. He still does every now and then, and he’s still my fan on Wattpad.

4.What are your favorite genres to read when you’re not busy writing? Favorite books or authors?

Romance, again. I love reading romance. Belinda Jones is my favourite author – she’s not on Wattpad, she’s published. She writes romantic comedies, but in this brilliantly sarcastic way at times, depending on the character. The California Club is my favourite book, I absolutely adore it – it even beats Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and anyone who knows me knows how much I love Austen. I definitely recommend Belinda Jones to anyone who likes a funny book.

5.I personally LOVED your story “Wings of a Dragonfly.” Did you have any specific inspiration for the story, or did it just start forming in your mind?

Thank you very much! It’s always nice to hear that someone liked reading my book, especially that one because it was very close to my heart. I adored writing it, and I cried like a baby when it ended – it was very sad not writing about those characters anymore. The inspiration originally came from a class trip to a very old house; I’ve always been interested in servant life in posh old manors. I began writing a story about a couple called Sasha and Edward, but it fizzled out. A year later, after I’d begun writing about gay couples, I read what I’d written and began to create Finn and Oliver. I was far too lazy to research the laws on slavery in the twenties, so I just created my own country – which, let’s face it, is more fun.

6.I’m planning on reading more of your stories. Which do you suggest I start reading next?

That depends! I would recommend Playing With Fire, because I’m seriously proud of it. I hate to sound cocky, but it’s probably the best thing I’ve ever created, and I write a lot of stories. Only about half of them go up to Wattpad. In the past, I’ve never given my characters enough flaws; this book contains characters that are more real than any of my previous characters, because they have flaws that everyone can relate to. It also contains a lot of realism. It will, of course, have a happy ending – because it would be a terrible book by me if it didn’t.

7.Where else can you be found online? (Facebook, YouTube, etc.)

I can be found practically everywhere.

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/ukuvision

Twitter: @immlaaarr

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Immlaaarr-On-Wattpad/111202718984100

8.Do you have any advice for people just starting to get into writing?

A magician never shares her secrets. I’m joking of course – I’ll give you as much advice and support as I possibly can. My major tip is to never, I repeat – never, stop writing. Once you start, never stop writing. If you stop, it becomes a huge habit and that’s pretty much how my writer’s block forms. If I write every day, no matter how much I write, I find it much easier to vocalise my thoughts. I also recommend uploading to somewhere like Wattpad; you’ll find that your style is much easier to develop when you have feedback. Also, if you cannot use proper spelling and grammar, then learn – there is nothing worse than a writer who cannot write properly. You cannot call yourself a writer if you can’t paragraph. That’s not writing, that’s just splurging words across a page.

9.Do you have any writing routines? Do you need to have specific music playing? Does it need to be a certain time of day? Do you usually have something to drink or munch on?

Unfortunately, no writing routines. I don’t know a writer who had a routine – and if they do, they never stick to it. I have to write when I want to write, but thankfully this is most days. I usually write about 1000-2000 words a day, this can be for one book or split across a couple. It keeps me in practice and it gives me enough time for everything else that goes on in my life. I don’t eat while I’m writing, because I need both hands. Plus, food is too distracting – I wouldn’t concentrate if I had food. I can’t listen to music whilst typing, or I type the lyrics to the song – sometimes if I need to be in a certain mood for something, I’ll stick on some classical piano music that doesn’t have lyrics to it. Generally that’s not too distracting. As for the time of day, I’m still at sixth form so I generally have afternoon/evening to write, unless I’m bored in class, pretending to take notes avidly as I really scribble down a couple of pages of a book.

10.Lastly, anything else you want to say to readers? About anything? Really, anything goes!

Well, thank you first of all to you for this, I’ve enjoyed talking about this. Or writing, even. To my readers, who read, vote and comment on everything I do, you guys are awesome and you have no idea how much I love you all. I look out for your comments just because I know they’re going to be there – and I’m sure I know most of your profile pictures off by heart now. Thank you so much for getting me this far in just over a year, and I can’t wait to see where the future takes us together. That was so cheesy, but I don’t care. And as usual, I’d like to say that if I ever achieve my dream and become a published author, my first book will be dedicated to you; the people who truly believed in me. I love everyone in my life, but when it comes to my writing I know that you deserve the appreciation more than anyone else. Thank you, you are wonderful.

October 13, 2012 Posted by | Author Interview, Wattpad | Leave a comment

Interview with Amanda Havard

Today, I am happy to say, I am interviewing Amanda Havard, author of The Survivors as part of the BLB blog tour. I’m very excited about this, so let’s get crackin’!

How did you get started with your writing career?

I’ve been writing forever. Truly. I’ve been telling stories since before I could write those stories down. But into my adult life, my steps into a writing career were atypical. A few years before I wrote Survivors, I was lucky enough to be heavily mentored by a fantastic retired editor on an earlier project, and so when I wrote The Survivors, I showed it to her immediately, and we began the steps to getting it published. But it became clear that I would need a progressive publisher who would understand my vision of transmedia elements of the story—like the original music, interactive online elements, and so on—and so I was thrilled to make a partnership with tech-inspired Chafie Press to get The Survivors Series out to the world.

What inspired you to write “The Survivors?”

I knew I wanted to write a YA series because the characters I created in my head were always in a place of coming of age. Even in this series, where so many of the characters are nearly 150 years old (or older!), they are very much still in a place of figuring out their lives, figuring out their place in the world. I was heavily inspired by series I was reading at the time, and I knew that if I ventured into supernatural storytelling, I wanted to root it in history and mythology. That said, I began by picking a real event in history that had both supernatural undertones and many unanswered questions surrounding it. Naturally, the Salem Witch Trials were a perfect fit.

Who is your personal favorite character in the book?

I’m going to cheat and give two. Sadie is my favorite in that the whole world happens through her, and my experience of creating the story, characters, and world of Survivors filters through her. I am deeply connected to her, and I feel what she feels, know what she knows. It’s a deep connection, and I could never pick anyone “over” her.

That said, I love writing about Mark Winter. He has an unsuspecting complexity to him, in the first and future books, that really interests me. Plus, he’s all the fun in the world. I specifically love writing as him on Twitter.

What are your writing habits? (When, where, how, for how long do you write?)

It varies. While editing and researching, I’m all over the place. I do what the process calls for. While I’m actually writing the book though? I write mostly in my house, either at my desk or in my “writing studio,” for any number of hours of the day. When I wrote book one in The Survivors Series, I wrote it in 27 days, and I pretty much didn’t sleep. For me, writing can replace sleeping, eating, socializing…practically breathing. Very often I’ll go for hours and hours, and when I look up, it’s 2 a.m., and I’ll go for a drive out to the rural areas outside of Nashville, listen to the music that is so instrumental in my process, get my head clear, come home and write through the dawn. It’s fair to say that my process is highly immersive. It consumes me.

What was the hardest part about writing “The Survivors?”

As I would guess for many authors, the hardest part is limiting yourself to what you ought to include versus what you want to include. I feel like many of us would write 1000-page stories just so you could get to know our characters as well as we have.

What is your favorite genre of book to read? Favorite book?

I read all over the map. I had a real passion for historical fiction when I was younger, but I’ve gotten more and more into paranormal. Needless to say, books that live at the intersection of the two highly amuse me. YA makes the most sense to me, because I’m hardly more than YA myself.

That said, some of my all-time favorite books are neither historical nor paranormal—Janet Fitch (White Oleander, Paint It Black) and Curtis Sittenfeld (Prep, The Man of my Dreams, American Wife) are two of my all-time favorite authors, but my taste is diverse. I am a diehard Harry Potter fan, and I admittedly loved the addictiveness of Twilight, but at the same time I love something like A Farewell to Arms by William Faulkner. It just depends on my mood.

Two books you MUST read though: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn and (when it comes out in September) The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. Two jarring, chilling, dark, and enthralling books that will grab you and never let go.

Got another book in the works?

Yes! THE SURVIVORS is the first book in a five-book series of the same name. I’m finishing edits on book 2, and I’ve finished my research for book 3. Can’t wait to write it!

Anything you’d like to say to aspiring writers?

Keep your eyes open. You can find inspiration everywhere—from songs and your favorite book to your history teacher’s weird anecdote from medieval Europe or your best friend’s boyfriend’s funny mannerism. Stories are everywhere. You just have to find them. And tell them.

June 21, 2011 Posted by | Author Interview, Blog Tour | Leave a comment