Book Review- Follow Me Back

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Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger
Expected Publication by Sourcebooks Fire on June 6, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Suspense
Pages: 354
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Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…

Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.

When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…

I might have just found one of my new favorite books. Follow Me Back was AMAZING!!! I received an ARC in exchange for a review in the mail yesterday, and considering I’m in the middle of two other books, my plan was to read the first few sentences and put it on the shelf to read next. AND THEN I COULD NOT STOP READING. Literally I could not put the book down. I didn’t do anything until I finished it. I just sat there and read and read and OMG look who’s fangirling now.

The story is told in two narratives; a police interview, and back story. There was so much mystery and secrecy. I just had to know what was going to happen next the whole time. The whole book was fast paced and exciting.

The characters themselves were surprisingly relatable and likeable. It was easy to sympathize with Eric and to like Tessa. Their conversations were so cute, and despite everything else going on around them and in their lives, they had each other. What I liked most about that was how they got to that point. Their initial conversation was actually super believable, as was its progression. It just seemed organic and natural.

I just really loved everything about this book. I loved the characters and the plot. I loved the writing and the presentation. I loved the mystery and action and suspense and the danger. I would recommend this book to literally anyone who likes amazing books because that is what this is.

If I could give Follow Me Back more than five hearts, I would, but five seems to be the limit, so five hearts it is.

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Seriously though. Go preorder this book!! You do not want to miss this!!

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Using Wattpad- Get Your Story Noticed

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Wattpad is a great place to read and write stories. It is a website that allows you to create “projects” and periodically update them, all while gaining followers and “votes”. You are basically generating a following while writing your book!

I created a Wattpad account back in November of 2015, when I was looking for some new books to read. And read I did. Wattpad lets you add books to your library and access them offline. This way, I was able to read anywhere I wanted. The only downside to it was actually finding a good book. There are countless Wattpad users, and most of them write; so you need to weed out the bad stories and find the one you will actually enjoy.

When I decided to start writing on my Wattpad account, I thought that getting people to notice my story would be easy. The truth is, when you start writing on Wattpad, your stories go down to the bottom of the search feed. That means that when people search tags you used or the name of your book, yours will show up at the bottom, which means at about page 15.

I talked with some Wattpad experts (Oliva Rose was very helpful) about how to get your story noticed. First of all, Wattpad fame does not happen overnight. Many people have the misconception that if your story is good, you will get thousands of views and votes within no time. However, this is not true. It takes time and dedication to grow your Wattpad following.

One of the biggest challenges with Wattpad is the fact that they allow anyone to create a free account and start writing. That means that people can start stories and abandon them. For this reason, most people looking for something to read on Wattpad only search the completed books. So, in order to start growing your following, you need to actually complete something (whether it is a short story, novelette, or full length book).

Once you have done this, you will start popping up in more searches, especially when uses check the “search completed only” box. But why wait until you finish something to grow your following? You can start right away.

Another great feature of Wattpad is the community. You can join several groups and interact with other users. You are not allowed to promote any of your writing, but chances are that people will view your profile and read your story if you do the same.

You can also follow other users. That means that you will receive an update any time they post something new. The more people you follow on Wattpad, the more people likely to follow you back.

Many people also like to reach out to other members and request a “read for read”. This basically means that you read their story, and they read yours. The more people that read and vote on your story, the higher it will be in the search results, and the more fans you will get.

Wattpad also holds many contests. Users are allowed to host them as well. You can see the one I am hosting here. Contests are a great way to get your name into the community, and have some of your work viewed by other members. If they like what you write for the contest, then they are likely to look at some of your other work.

Wattpad is not just good for getting you name out there. There are other benefits as well. When you become “Wattpad famous” you are allowed to apply to be a Wattpad Star. This opens up endless possibilities for expanding your writing career. They give you jobs such as promoting major productions and products, and having a chance to get your name up there with the “big guns”. How’s that for motivation?

In the end, Wattpad is a great was to practice writing and see what audiences respond too. You can interact with the people reading your stories and see what they like and what they don’t. Even if you just want to write for fun, Wattpad is the place to go.

 

 

Author Q&A- Caitlyn Duffy

Today a had the honor of interviewing the amazing Caitlyn Duffy! She has been one of my favorites for a long time, and her books are definitely worth reading- again and again and again.

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Q: When did you start writing?

A: I started writing as soon as I learned how to hold a pen! Really! I loved making little “books” out of construction paper and pencils even as a little kid. I probably first started writing more seriously in high school, when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do professionally. I’m not going to lie – most of high school was pure misery for me – but I had this fantastic English teacher named Sonia Kallick who thought I had talent. Her encouragement made it seem like becoming a writer was a possibility.

 

Q: What inspires your writing? Do you have a muse?

A: Just about everything I write is based on personal experience, at least on an emotional experience. For example, my dad is not a rock star (he’s just about the furthest thing from a rock star: a nuclear engineer) but I created the character of Taylor when I was grieving the loss of someone close to me. Her journey is about making peace with your life when circumstances beyond your control change. I wouldn’t say that I have a muse, necessarily, but a lot of readers on Wattpad have inspired me to keep writing.

 

Q: Your series, Treadwell Academy, follows girls from the school and deals with serious issues such as abuse, anorexia, and the death of a parent. What challenges did you face writing about these subjects?

A: Each of the books is pretty different, so the challenges were different. For Emma’s story, which is about anorexia, I wanted to be very careful to keep the story from triggering a condition in a reader, and to prevent it from making an existing condition worse for any reader already struggling with an eating disorder. For Grace’s story, it was a challenge to both represent her religious faith authentically and still keep the story engaging for any readers who might not be religious at all. With Taylor and Betsey, both of those characters could be kind of bratty sometimes, so I wanted the reader to empathize with what they were enduring.

 

Q: Do you plan on continuing the stories of any of the Treadwell girls? Are there any more girls to come?

A: I have at least ten more books outlined, and I’m not kidding! It’s just a matter of finding the time to write them. People have been asking me to write a proper sequel to the Taylor book for four years, so that’s probably next. Others on the horizon would be about Juliette, whose father is convicted of running a lucrative Ponzi scheme; Paige, who struggles with alcoholism, and Stacy, who’s a lesbian in love with a girl at school who is struggling with her own sexuality (you might be able to guess who).

 

Q: When you wrote The Rock Stars Daughter, did you know there would be more Treadwell girls after Taylor?

A: Yes. I started writing an outline for the entire Treadwell world back in 2003! I knew that there would at least be a book about Allison, Taylor’s best friend, and that Chase Atwood would be one of the judges for the reality TV show on which Allison was competing (that book, Center Stage, is free on Wattpad right now.

 

Q: What books do you like to read? In your opinion, what makes a book good?

A: I think the best books are ones in which the main character undergoes some kind of change, and it’s a change that the reader truly emotionally feels. I read a lot, and my reading tastes are all over the board. I’m a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell, Stephen King, and Neil Gaiman. Margaret Atwood and Lois Lowry are probably my two all-time favorites. Margaret Atwood posts a lot of new, experimental material to Wattpad, which I think is the coolest thing ever. And I have always loved – and will always love – Judy Blume.

 

Q: Of all the characters you have created, which is most like you and why?

A: That’s a tough question! Probably Taylor, because although she’s highly opinionated and very self-sufficient, she’s also a little bit of a lost soul. Throughout her whole life, no one has ever really taken care of her, and when her father and stepmother take a genuine interest in her, she’s not sure what to make of it! I was very independent at a young age, so my relationship with my parents has always been kind of atypical. And Allison, too, because I very distinctly remember feeling like I was invisible in high school. Allison got kind of a bad rap in The Rock Star’s Daughter, but it’s a pretty natural reaction to feel jealous when someone you know is being showered with all of the things you want most in life for yourself.

 

Q: If you could go back to the beginning of your writing career, what advice would you give yourself?

A: To start publishing sooner. I was very caught up in the belief that you need a literary agent and a formal publishing deal with a major publisher to be a proper writer. Without having either of those, I wrote The Rock Star’s Daughter, and it was on the iTunes Children’s Top 10 list for about 2.5 years in four countries. I’ve received emails from readers all over the world about that book; it’s a story that’s made a difference in the lives of a very wide variety of readers (girls in Nigeria, UAE, Australia, I mean – everywhere, and of all ages)! That means more to me than anything else I’ve ever accomplished professionally, and if I’d waited for a literary agent and a big publisher to tell me that my writing was good enough, I’m pretty sure I’d still be waiting.

 

Q: If you had two hours to waste on anything, what would you do?

A: Either run on the treadmill while listening to Drake, or watch four back-to-back episodes of The Mindy Project on Hulu.

 

Q: What is something you want the world to know?

A: I would want young women to know they are capable of so, so much more than the culture surrounding them constantly tells them. We live in a world of ironies; we preach #girlpower in social media while still force-feeding young women relentless messaging implying that looking a certain way should be their biggest priority. That’s a load of crap. Appreciating how spectacularly unique you are, and making sure everyone you meet realizes that you’re amazing – that should be your biggest priority.

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