I interviewed Phoebe, aka phoebegardens, who is an absolutely lovely person and an amazing author. If you haven't already read Have A Little Hope then you should!
How did you find out about wattpad?
Unfortunately, I found out about wattpad because I was plagiarised with one of my earlier novels so found this site when someone told me someone else had stolen my story and posted it here. I made an account but didn’t start using it for a while.
What made you start uploading?
Well, I’ve been uploading stories online since I was 16 on two other sites, so it’s not new to me at all. I wrote several novels on another writing site, so I am an old timer in that respect :P I started uploading originally because I thought it would be fun to receive the feedback on stories and thought I could write stories people would enjoy, because that’s why I write. I write stories that I want to read because they’re not out there yet.
Where did you get inspiration for your story Have A Little Hope?
It’s rather random, actually. This never usually happens to me! I was watching TV (kids TV but whatever :P) and this programme came on called My Life and something, so I watched it and it was about a boy undergoing a kidney transplant and I thought about how it must be when you receive such a gift and don’t know the person beforehand. The boy got a kidney from his dad, but then I tweaked my ideas and alas, HALH was born :) I put Hope in the context of having to lose her dad and organ donations as it’s not something I’ve ever read before.
Were you expecting HALH to be as popular as it is?
It depends what you consider as popular. I am delighted with the feedback I am being given and it’s really heart-warming to receive that, but I wouldn’t say HALH is as popular by any means as a lot of other novels on here, but it’s ‘success’ to me is lovely.
What was your reaction?
I just get very smiley when I receive comments and see HALH doing well in my opinion, so that’s just lovely :)
Do you have a favourite story or author on wattpad?
I have loooooads, but I’m going to list the undiscovered stories I read on here because they deserve more credit! And I’m going to list them to provide your darling readers of this new stuff.
Blushes Scarlett = Hey There Isla. She’s amazing in so many ways. She writes from the heart and you go on a complete rollercoaster with her stories that you’re cheering for the couple the whole way through. Definitely check her out.
Marriah Justine = Keep Holding On. It’s finished, but honestly, this story was my DRUG it was that good. I adored it completely and I begged her for updates, it was so good and a sequel is due soon!
Maddie Grey = Problems in Paradise. It’s a wonderful summer read and who doesn’t love a good summer romance, but there’s potentially three oohh la laaaa!
Simply Enchanted = Amazing new novel The Boys You Do. It completely challenges your views on promiscuity and love. Her novels are publishable worthy.
RileyLove = Destined To Be With You. This novel mixes reality with romance and heartwrenching flashbacks which make you want the couple to get together so badly. She writes about love so earnestly and well.
ThisGirlWrites = Brining Back Hallie is superb. I have read Chelsea’s work for YEARS and she never fails to deliver the perfect amount of romance, reality and relationships. She’s faultless.
There’s also the wonderful popular authors who are popular for a reason, such as AubreyEatsHearts (she’s not only a fantastic writer, but an amazing girl), princessharley, DazedAndConfused, makeandoffer , Reekles, etc. They’re all fantastic writers.
What do you think is the best thing about wattpad?
Lots of things! I LOVE the IMing bar, I am an addict on that thing :P I love the community of wattpad I’ve been fortunate enough to fit in with, I love the layout of the sites, I love the stories I discover, I love the newsfeed. It’s just plain awesome.