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    A Life-Long Writer: Wattpad Interviews Shane Joseph

    Click here to listen to our podcast on the difficulties of establishing a writing career, and how Shane Joseph’s Sri Lankan background has helped shape some of his stories.


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    When Adele returns home from an evacuation, the Hurricane aftermath quickly becomes muddled with mayhem, murder and magic.

    Read The Casquette Girls on Wattpad.


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    Wattpad Cover-Off!

    Which version of “The Art of the Hustle” do you like better - 1 or 2?

    Click here to read this thriller, free on Wattpad! “From underdog to billionaire, Trevor Morrison is the epitome of success. But money was never the goal…”


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    An actress wants love. A “Tim Tebow” wants nothing to do with her acting. Can teens stand up to Hollywood’s web of lies?

    Read this teen romance on Wattpad.


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    If you’re on www.wattpad.com, just log in and click on “Create.” Easy as pie!

    Don’t forget to add a cover and story description to attract more readers. More tips & tricks at http://support.wattpad.com/forums


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    Lodestone” —a substance from another universe with infinitely destructive power. Who will possess it? Who can control it?

    Watch a book trailer of “Lodestone” on Mark Whiteway’s blog.

    Click here to read this fantasy novel free on Wattpad!


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    ““The stars held my heart as gravity plunged my body back down to Earth, twisting, turning, faster and faster. My vision blurred and I told myself I was getting what I deserved for being so naïve.””

    - The Casquette Girls. Read this vampire thriller on Wattpad.

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  • 03/10/13--16:00: 7 GREAT COMING OF AGE NOVELS
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    Find out the best coming-of-age novels, such as “Catcher in the Rye” & “The Outsiders,” from Michael J. Tucker, writer of romance thriller Aquarius Falling” on Wattpad!

    My novel, Aquarius Falling, has been labelled in editorial reviews as a “dark coming of age novel”. When Tom Delaney loses his scholarship he goes to Ocean City hoping to earn enough money to pay for his final year. Instead he gets caught up in a world he never imagined, one of beautiful women, prostitution, drugs and the ugliness of racism.

    Aquarius Falling has been favorably compared to J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. But what exactly is a “coming of age novel”? Well, it can be described as a story of transitioning into adulthood but that is a somewhat simplistic definition. Typically it involves a story where the main character is in his or her youth, early teens to early twenties, and is confronted with a challenge in which he or she learns important life lessons and emerges a changed person, more mature with wisdom gained from the experience.

    image

    Few people would consider Don Winslow’s The Kings of Cool, a story focused on drugs, sex and violence, a coming of age novel. This is a prequel to Savages, Winslow’s acclaimed novel that was made into a motion picture by Oliver Stone. I’ve included it because it tells the story of Ben, Chon, and O in their youth and their dysfunctional family relationships involving mothers, fathers, friends and lovers. This fictional trio is the way they are in Savages because of what happened to them in The Kings of Cool. 

    image

    Michael Chabon’s first novel tells the story of the naïve son of a Mafia boss and his first summer after graduating from college. The protagonist, Art Bechstein, battles with sexual ambiguity, lusting for his sexually available girlfriend, Phlox, and equally curious about his male friend and wannabe gangster, Cleveland. The novel was made into a film by the same name in 2008 and stars, Jon Foster, Sienna Miller, Peter Sarsgaard, Mena Suvari and Nick Nolte.

    image

    While I’m on the subject of sexual confusion and identity, it doesn’t get any more complex than Jeffrey Eugenides’ Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Middlesex. The protagonist, called Callie and later Cal, is a hermaphrodite. At age fourteen she has her first sexual experiences, first with a girl and later with the girl’s brother.

    image

    Looking for Alaska by John Green, features protagonist Miles “Pudge” Halter, a character often compared to Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye. His love interest is the beautiful but self-destructive Alaska Young. As the title implies, Pudge spends a lot of time looking for Alaska.

    image

    Author, S. E. Hinton, was sixteen years old and a junior in high school when she completed this novel. The story is the classic tale of a high school’s rich click versus the poor click. In 1988 it was made into a movie that launched the careers of C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez and Tom Cruise.

    image

    This classic by William Golding is the story of well-educated children marooned in paradise and left to govern themselves. The results are less than desirable.

    image

    No “coming of age novel” list can be complete without the previously mentioned, Holden Caulfield. He is the poster-boy for the genre. Loving or hating this story will depend on your age. It is an ideal read for addressing adolescent angst.

    Read “Aquarius Falling” free on Wattpad!

    Misty Vail, the exotic astrologer, wants Tom Delaney’s soul. Wendy Morrison, the All-American surfer girl, wants his heart. Who has the power, lust or love, as the battle plays out at a summer beach resort? “Aquarius Falling” is a story of opportunity, love, and decision.


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    Soulwoven: Two brothers, a dragon, a dream, and a mystery. Do you know who YOU are?

    Read this fantasy novel on Wattpad.


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    Life used to be happy and safe on the coast of Cornwall. Then Jessica Stone met Detective Jack Mason. Love Hurts.

    Read this paranormal romance on Wattpad.


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  • 03/14/13--17:00: Writing a Fantasy Novel
  • Find out how Felicity White wrote her fantasy novel “Serenis,” available to read free on Wattpad.

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    ‘Write what you know’ – What to do when you don’t live in a Supernatural world. 

    Dear fellow Wattpaders!

    Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog entry!  I was totally psyched when my YA Fantasy novel, Serenis, was chosen to be on this month’s featured list and hope you all enjoy it.

    Now, as a writer I take as much advise as I can get, especially when it relates to creating believable worlds and the one thing I always hear is ‘write what you know.’ But when your main character is the Supernatural equivalent of the Grimm Reaper, living in a country that you’ve never been to before and if that isn’t challenging enough, also resides in a parallel world with amazing people who have a myriad if Superpowers, I was left wondering how on earth I was supposed to write what I knew when my reality was so far from hers!

    So I decided to team up my imagination with a very powerful secret weapon – research - and got my Google on.

    First step was getting to know my characters so I began to research and when I was done, I researched some more.  For Evie I have a whole drawer of folders and picture books of everything that makes up her physical world.  I online window-shopped for the clothes she would wear (loved that bit); made playlists of the music she listens to (loads of Taylor Swift).  I have pictures of her house, her car, her dog – anything that makes me feel like she is more of a living, breathing person.  

     

    ‘Researching’ at the Taylor Swift concert.

    When it came time to describing the beautiful and perfect world of Serenis, I read blogs and researched anything and everything I could on the Nantahala and surrounding towns.  Even trading in my weekend stilettos for hiking boots to spend some Saturdays in the Blue Mountains, NSW which was the closest place I could find that resembled Serenis, with majestic waterfalls and perfect bushlands.

      

    My bushwalks through the mountains helped me discover the REAL Serenis.

    I didn’t realise just how much all of my research had helped until I sat back down to write the second half of Serenis.  I knew my characters so well, I knew their thoughts, their past experiences, likes and dislikes and how they would react in any given situation.  I knew what Serenis looked like, smelt like and sounded like.  Being armed with this knowledge helped me create a new reality that was very quickly transcribed into the finishing chapters of my story.

    So now whenever the imagination is just not as fired up as I would like and I get a bit of writers block, I put on Evie’s playlist, I look at pictures of her house and ‘Serenis’ (AKA print outs of the Nantahala and my bushwalks through the mountains) and I am instantly transported into her world.

    Happy reading,

    Felicity


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    If you’re on www.wattpad.com, just log in and click on “Create.” Easy as pie!

    Don’t forget to add a cover and story description to attract more readers. More tips & tricks at http://support.wattpad.com/forums


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    Lodestone” —a substance from another universe with infinitely destructive power. Who will possess it? Who can control it?

    Watch a book trailer of “Lodestone” on Mark Whiteway’s blog.

    Click here to read this fantasy novel free on Wattpad!


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    ““The stars held my heart as gravity plunged my body back down to Earth, twisting, turning, faster and faster. My vision blurred and I told myself I was getting what I deserved for being so naïve.””

    - The Casquette Girls. Read this vampire thriller on Wattpad.

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  • 03/10/13--16:00: 7 GREAT COMING OF AGE NOVELS
  • image

    Find out the best coming-of-age novels, such as “Catcher in the Rye” & “The Outsiders,” from Michael J. Tucker, writer of romance thriller Aquarius Falling” on Wattpad!

    My novel, Aquarius Falling, has been labelled in editorial reviews as a “dark coming of age novel”. When Tom Delaney loses his scholarship he goes to Ocean City hoping to earn enough money to pay for his final year. Instead he gets caught up in a world he never imagined, one of beautiful women, prostitution, drugs and the ugliness of racism.

    Aquarius Falling has been favorably compared to J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. But what exactly is a “coming of age novel”? Well, it can be described as a story of transitioning into adulthood but that is a somewhat simplistic definition. Typically it involves a story where the main character is in his or her youth, early teens to early twenties, and is confronted with a challenge in which he or she learns important life lessons and emerges a changed person, more mature with wisdom gained from the experience.

    image

    Few people would consider Don Winslow’s The Kings of Cool, a story focused on drugs, sex and violence, a coming of age novel. This is a prequel to Savages, Winslow’s acclaimed novel that was made into a motion picture by Oliver Stone. I’ve included it because it tells the story of Ben, Chon, and O in their youth and their dysfunctional family relationships involving mothers, fathers, friends and lovers. This fictional trio is the way they are in Savages because of what happened to them in The Kings of Cool. 

    image

    Michael Chabon’s first novel tells the story of the naïve son of a Mafia boss and his first summer after graduating from college. The protagonist, Art Bechstein, battles with sexual ambiguity, lusting for his sexually available girlfriend, Phlox, and equally curious about his male friend and wannabe gangster, Cleveland. The novel was made into a film by the same name in 2008 and stars, Jon Foster, Sienna Miller, Peter Sarsgaard, Mena Suvari and Nick Nolte.

    image

    While I’m on the subject of sexual confusion and identity, it doesn’t get any more complex than Jeffrey Eugenides’ Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Middlesex. The protagonist, called Callie and later Cal, is a hermaphrodite. At age fourteen she has her first sexual experiences, first with a girl and later with the girl’s brother.

    image

    Looking for Alaska by John Green, features protagonist Miles “Pudge” Halter, a character often compared to Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye. His love interest is the beautiful but self-destructive Alaska Young. As the title implies, Pudge spends a lot of time looking for Alaska.

    image

    Author, S. E. Hinton, was sixteen years old and a junior in high school when she completed this novel. The story is the classic tale of a high school’s rich click versus the poor click. In 1988 it was made into a movie that launched the careers of C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez and Tom Cruise.

    image

    This classic by William Golding is the story of well-educated children marooned in paradise and left to govern themselves. The results are less than desirable.

    image

    No “coming of age novel” list can be complete without the previously mentioned, Holden Caulfield. He is the poster-boy for the genre. Loving or hating this story will depend on your age. It is an ideal read for addressing adolescent angst.

    Read “Aquarius Falling” free on Wattpad!

    Misty Vail, the exotic astrologer, wants Tom Delaney’s soul. Wendy Morrison, the All-American surfer girl, wants his heart. Who has the power, lust or love, as the battle plays out at a summer beach resort? “Aquarius Falling” is a story of opportunity, love, and decision.


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    Soulwoven: Two brothers, a dragon, a dream, and a mystery. Do you know who YOU are?

    Read this fantasy novel on Wattpad.


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    Life used to be happy and safe on the coast of Cornwall. Then Jessica Stone met Detective Jack Mason. Love Hurts.

    Read this paranormal romance on Wattpad.


    0 0
  • 03/14/13--17:00: Writing a Fantasy Novel
  • Find out how Felicity White wrote her fantasy novel “Serenis,” available to read free on Wattpad.

    image

    ‘Write what you know’ – What to do when you don’t live in a Supernatural world. 

    Dear fellow Wattpaders!

    Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog entry!  I was totally psyched when my YA Fantasy novel, Serenis, was chosen to be on this month’s featured list and hope you all enjoy it.

    Now, as a writer I take as much advise as I can get, especially when it relates to creating believable worlds and the one thing I always hear is ‘write what you know.’ But when your main character is the Supernatural equivalent of the Grimm Reaper, living in a country that you’ve never been to before and if that isn’t challenging enough, also resides in a parallel world with amazing people who have a myriad if Superpowers, I was left wondering how on earth I was supposed to write what I knew when my reality was so far from hers!

    So I decided to team up my imagination with a very powerful secret weapon – research - and got my Google on.

    First step was getting to know my characters so I began to research and when I was done, I researched some more.  For Evie I have a whole drawer of folders and picture books of everything that makes up her physical world.  I online window-shopped for the clothes she would wear (loved that bit); made playlists of the music she listens to (loads of Taylor Swift).  I have pictures of her house, her car, her dog – anything that makes me feel like she is more of a living, breathing person.  

     

    ‘Researching’ at the Taylor Swift concert.

    When it came time to describing the beautiful and perfect world of Serenis, I read blogs and researched anything and everything I could on the Nantahala and surrounding towns.  Even trading in my weekend stilettos for hiking boots to spend some Saturdays in the Blue Mountains, NSW which was the closest place I could find that resembled Serenis, with majestic waterfalls and perfect bushlands.

      

    My bushwalks through the mountains helped me discover the REAL Serenis.

    I didn’t realise just how much all of my research had helped until I sat back down to write the second half of Serenis.  I knew my characters so well, I knew their thoughts, their past experiences, likes and dislikes and how they would react in any given situation.  I knew what Serenis looked like, smelt like and sounded like.  Being armed with this knowledge helped me create a new reality that was very quickly transcribed into the finishing chapters of my story.

    So now whenever the imagination is just not as fired up as I would like and I get a bit of writers block, I put on Evie’s playlist, I look at pictures of her house and ‘Serenis’ (AKA print outs of the Nantahala and my bushwalks through the mountains) and I am instantly transported into her world.

    Happy reading,

    Felicity


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    Meet Bob. He’s about to find out that being a vampire in our world is hard work. Literally.

    Read this vampire fantasy novel on Wattpad.


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    Eva’s life changes overnight when a virus transforms Australia into a zombie wasteland. Join her fight for survival.

    Read this action-horror novel on Wattpad!


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