A lot of people have asked how I began writing, so I thought I would share it with you here.
When I was in the 8th grade, I went to the movies with my friend, Rebecca. She told me about Wattpad and fanfiction, which I had never heard of. She encouraged me to go to the website and find some stories to read. After reading one, I thought that I would try writing a fanfiction to see how I would do. I became obsessed with it and spent the entire summer writing. I live with my mom, but didn’t tell either of my parents that I was writing a book. My mom would come home from work and ask if I had been outside. I always responded no, which didn’t make her very happy. After every chapter, I would gain more and more followers, more reads and likes, so I kept writing. I liked seeing everyone’s comments and messages after I would post an update. I would always put a little note telling people to not send me messages on my YouTube page because I didn’t want my mom to see them. J
One night my mom couldn’t sleep, so she was looking at my YouTube channel and came across a comment about my books. This comment had a link to my first book, which was my biggest nightmare. I actually used to delete any comments made about my book, so people I knew, and my family, wouldn’t find out. It was the one secret I had, and I wanted to keep it that way. My mom followed the link and came across my Wattpad account. She spent the next 3 hours reading my books on her iPhone and then began to realize what I had been doing. She says she didn’t know what to do, but one day she made a comment to my friend, Morgan and I, that she would have only known if she had read my book. At that moment, I knew she had found my Wattpad account. I remember panicking and asking my friends what to do.
It was only a matter of time that she would say something to me, but the days went by and she didn’t say a thing. Little did I know that she was asking others for advice because the number of reads, on all of my books combined, was over 25 million and one of my books had been at the number one spot for a few months. A few weeks went by and one night while at dinner, she started talking seriously with me. She said she had found my Wattpad account and had read my books and loved them. She then explained that she had spoken to a person who was as equally impressed and wanted to be my agent to try to get my books published. She had also spoken to an attorney who would review any contracts for me. I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to publish my books, especially because they were fanfiction. This was something that I had done for so long without anyone, but some of my friends, knowing it was me writing these stories. We talked some more and we thought we would at least give it a try. If there wasn’t any interest, we could at least say we tried. I continued to write and had been in the middle of “Remember to Forget.” My agent contacted so many publishers to see if anyone would be interested. A few months went by with nothing. Every week I would update “RTF” on Wattpad, gaining more readers and followers and the story won a Watty award. Finally, last October, we had heard that Blink/Harper Collins was interested! We were so excited! After some contract negotiations, the agreement was signed and here I am. I’m getting ready to publish “Remember to Forget”.
I am so thankful to everyone who commented, liked, and read my books! It is because of all of you that I am able to have this book published, so I want to thank each of you for you continued support and enthusiasm and I hope to meet more of you in the future!
Keep on reading and never stop smiling!