Saturday, January 3, 2015

The writing of the After Saga

I typically dive into the books I pick to read without thinking too much about who wrote them or how they came to be. Recently I've been questioning if I could write a book, so I've been thinking about how that goes down a little bit more. I know a few people who have written fan fiction, and while it's not something I thought about doing, I thought it was interesting, the possibilities it could lead to.

I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own. I was contacted to write about After by Anna Todd, a 25-year old fan of One Direction. The male lead in her story is based on One D singer Harry Styles. I haven't read the book but the story behind how it was written intrigues me.

You can find After at the following sites
Barnes & Noble:

She originally wrote this on her freaking phone as a hobby, which is something I think is awesome and totally relate-able - how often do you sit around typing notes into your phone, small snatches of writing or ideas for future pieces? If you're me, your answer is a lot. Anna published a new installment every few days using Wattpad, a free social reading/writing app. Her writing has been viewed more than a billion times and has received over six million comments. 

Anna is a first time writer married to her high school sweetheart (who deployed to Iraq three times), working part time jobs and writing here and there to fill up time between errands and appointments. And then these stories Anna wrote on her phone were turned into a four part series published by Simon & Schuster. Talk about a dream, huh, fellow friends who dabble in writing? 

To follow Anna:
On Wattpad as Imaginator1D:
Twitter at @Imaginator1Dx
Instagram at @Imaginator1D   

About After 

The After series tells the story of Tessa Young, an optimistic freshman at Washington State University, and the dark, troubled British bad boy who has stolen her heart. 

Sound good? You can win a copy of books one and two. 
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  1. That is a pretty cool way to have a book!! I think you would be a fantastic author!

  2. Very interesting. Especially writing on her phone. Just gather up your blogs and publish them! Lisa Scottoline did it with her Inquirer columns!!
    Goddess speed and keep writing!
    Love, Your Momma

  3. I'm not a 'fan fic' fan, but I do understand it is becoming a huge thing these days. I have never heard of Wattpad, but seems like a huge thing. I do write lots of notes to myself on my phone, so it does sound pretty awesome.
    I'm not very active on Twitter, but I followed you!! I actually thought I would have followed you already, but I'm glad I checked!

  4. I think what she did is amazing. You have the ability to write from the frivolous (just for the bucks although I hear they are slim these days) to the book with much depth.

  5. How cool! I think I need to read this since I'm newly into 1D and because half of my high school friends went to WSU. Ha!

  6. So... I just wrote a post on this too- are you getting any backlash? people are freaking out that I wrote a post on this!

  7. wow this is so interesting and such a different way to write a book. it's cool to know that people are doing what interests them in non-traditional ways.

  8. I really need to get back to writing on Wattpad!

  9. I have never heard of Wattpad but pretty cool way to get published. I think your would be an amazing author though your name is already taken! ;)

  10. it doesn't sound quite like my cup of tea, however I think the author's story of how she got published is fantastic, I wish her success in this endeavor!!

  11. Don't really care for the book, but her story is pretty awesome! All on her phone?! How cool is that?!?! And shes super young!

  12. Really interesting! I like the story behind the book!


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