Have you ever dreamed of becoming a novelist? How cool would it be to have millions of people hanging on your every word, enjoying the story that you have lovingly written? One day, I would love to write a book. I've been through a lot in my life, and have quite the story to tell. From surviving being raised surrounded by addiction, going through an abusive marriage, and even dating someone who would turn out to be a serial killer, my life is stranger than fiction in many ways. Perhaps someday I will get around to chronicling everything, but for now, my kids take up most of my free time. I wouldn't have it any other way. For now.
One incredibly creative Texan, Anna Todd, never really planned on being an author. She had a pretty typical life, actually. She married her high school sweetheart at a young age, and then worked several jobs ranging from cosmetics expert to working with the agency we all love to hate, the IRS. (Cue sinister music.)
Anna began writing during her spare time using a great free app called Wattpad. This app is perfect for those who love to spin their own tales, or for those of us who prefer to leave the writing to the experts and just read. Wattpad is a fantastic way to read OR write, and Anna has found amazing success using this app to craft her best-selling novel, "After".
Every few days, Anna would add a new installment using the Wattpad app. Eventually, her work topped a whopping 2,500 pages, and readers simply couldn't get enough! On Wattpad, After has over 1 billion reads, more than 6 million comments and the print edition is available in 26 countries.
"After" is also being turned into a four-book series by Simon & Schuster, with the first installment released in October. Paramount Pictures has acquired the film rights to adapt the After story for the big screen.
Why the hype?
"After" tells the story of young Tessa, and her on-again, off-again relationship with British boy band sensation, Hardin Scott. Fun fact: Hardin Scott was inspired by One Direction's own Harry Styles. Yep, Anna's love for One Direction inspired this novel, and it has been creating quite the buzz with like-minded super-fans across the globe. It appears that Anna Todd definitely has that "One Thing". (Did you catch that One Direction reference? Guess I might be a little bit of a fan-girl, too!)
About Anna Todd :
Twenty-five year-old Anna Todd is a first-time writer spending her days in Texas with her husband, with whom she beat half the statistics by getting married one month after graduating high school.
Anna never thought she’d be an author. In fact, between her husband’s three deployments to Iraq, she worked a number of odd jobs - from a makeup counter to the IRS processing center. It wasn’t until 2013 that Anna combined her love of reading and One Direction to create After on Wattpad, a free social reading and writing app.
Writing the majority of After from her mobile phone while in and out of appointments and running errands, Anna extended the After story world beyond Wattpad, using Instagram and Twitter to share photos, videos, songs, and art created by readers. By 2014, Anna’s story had over 1 billion reads and more than 6 million comments (and counting!)
You can purchase Anna Todd’s AFTER at Barnes & Noble and for your E-Reader.
Find her on Wattpad as Imaginator1D: http://www.wattpad.com/user/imaginator1D
Twitter at @Imaginator1Dx https://twitter.com/imaginator1dx
Instagram at @Imaginator1D http://instagram.com/imaginator1d
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