One girl.  One camp for delinquents.  One hell of a summer.

Falice Winters has always been the goody-two shoes.  Her twin Arabelle . . . not so much.  So what happens when their dad plans to ship Arabelle off to a camp to clean up her act?  Well, naturally, Arabelle would find a way out.

Her solution?  Falice!  It was a simple plan: Falice would pretend to be Arabelle and go to the delinquent camp while Arabelle got to have the time of her life with her boyfriend in London.

Falice thought her summer was going to consist of sitting on the couch reading novels all day or hanging out with her friends.  Never did it cross her mind that she would be pretending to be her sister in a camp of delinquents.  But now she’s stuck at a camp all summer where being rude is the new “in.”

And everything turns for the worse when someone figures out her secret.

Will Falice survive the summer?  Or will everyone learn that she’s faking delinquency?

faking deliquency

Welcome! Today I would like to introduce you to Ashley Winters, the Wattpad author who wrote Faking Delinquency(blurb above).  Here’s a quick author biography written by her.

Ashley is a seventeen-year-old girl who enjoys spending more time in the fictional world than out.  If fangirling were a profession, she would surely be rich.  She currently resides in Maine with her mother, sister, and their three cats, where she writes and reads to her heart’s content.

What are some of your favourite books on Wattpad?

There are so many books that I absolutely adore on this site, but some of my current top favorites would have to be Lakehouse by coexistence, Screenwalks by beautyatwork, Their Paid Girl by ella_enchanted, A Beautiful Torment by AuRevoirSimone, The Possibility of Chance Encounters by SamMadison, and Thread by ImogenaryThings.

What are some of your favourite books off Wattpad?

I have been obsessed with The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare since seventh grade, along with The Darkest Powers by Cassandra Clare.  The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is now one of my top three favorites as well!

How long have you been writing/ on Wattpad?

I’ve been writing on Wattpad for over three years now, I think?  I made an account in March of 2011, but I didn’t start actually using the site until a couple months later.

Why do you like Wattpad?

Well, not only is the support for my writing absolutely amazing, but I love how I’ve been able to connect with so many other people on this site.  I’ve made so many great friends, and without this site I would never have had the chance to do that.  Also, there are so many great writers on this site with stories that make me feel so many things.

How do you get ideas for your stories?

I get ideas from basically anything and everything. My thoughts traveling to “what if” territory, dreams, tvs/books/movies, songs, people and things around me, etc.

Which scene from your books did you enjoy writing the most?

I actually love writing the really emotional scenes.  You know, where a character is bawling and they’re feeling like all hope is lost and things have really gone to crap.  Death scenes are also fun to write (I mean this in the least-morbid way possible).  I don’t know why, really.  I enjoy writing the humor parts, too, but I don’t know, I’m always really looking forward to the teary scenes.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

I feel like there are better people to go for advice, but I’ll give it my best shot.

– Do not fall in love with your first draft.  Someone told me this a long time ago, and this advice has truly helped me when writing.  There are always going to be things that need fixing in your first draft, big or small.  Looking at your first draft like it can do no wrong is not the mindset to have.

– Do not let criticism cripple you.  Try using it to your advantage.  Look at what they’re saying and try to see what aspects you can use to improve your story.  I myself and working to take this advice.  A long time ago, one criticizing comment would render me a ball of “I suck so much” goo.  Now, while that feeling still tends to be there, I try to push past it and read past what I might think be hurtful.  Not all criticisms to your story are going to be helpful, but there are some things that people point out that can really help you with your second draft.

– Your characters are not meant to just be cardboard cutouts.  Make them 3D!  Give them personalities, quirks, habits, interests, wants, needs, etc.

– For aspiring authors on Wattpad: your read, fan, vote, whatever-the-heck-else count does NOT define your potential as an author in the future!  I know everyone’s heard this about a million times, but it’s true!  There are some really well-written undiscovered gems, and there are some horribly written popular stories.  It works the other way around as well.

– Write for yourself, and write what you enjoy.

– Don’t give up on your story or yourself just because you hit a roadblock.  It’s okay to trash an idea if it’s just not working out, but if you can work yourself out of this problem your facing, do it!  Or at least try.  If I gave up every time I struggled, I wouldn’t have a single completed draft.

– World building is important.  Whether it’s a teen fic novel or a sci-fi/fantasy.  All of your characters live in a world, with places, people, and rules.

What is your favourite thing about writing?

I can’t really pinpoint my favorite thing.  I love basically everything about it–creating characters, worlds, plots, etc.  And then I love putting the ideas onto paper and having the world I thought in my head come to life.  It’s just all so fun and it makes me so dang giddy!

How has your writing developed/ how do you think Wattpad has helped you improve as a writer?

Oh gosh, my writing has developed in so many ways.  I’ve learned to add more details in my writing, to actually punctuate correctly, and to create characters with more than one side of them.  I’ve also learned to take more time in structuring the worlds around my characters instead of just winging it.  Wattpad has helped me a great deal with that process.  Wattpaders help point out things that could be changed and how I could improve, even if they don’t really mean to.  Also, the support of friends I’ve made on here has helped me grow, too!

Have you had any criticism/unkindness and if so how did you deal with that?

Yes, I have.  To be honest, I tend to have a hard time with criticism and unkind words.  There are only a couple occasions when I actually felt completely okay after someone criticizing my work, and that’s because they were so nice about it, it didn’t sting at all.  When someone criticizes my work, I tend to start doubting myself, my ability, and I read the comment a ridiculous among of time.  And then the feeling passes, and I reread the comment again, this time trying to see what advice I want to take from it.  As for unkind words in general, I usually rant about it to my friends but just overall ignore the person who said them

One of your books has been published, how did that work/happen?

I went through a self-publishing company called kidpub.  I purchased a certain publishing package, which included having the novel printed and edited, and I had the opportunity to let them make the cover for me completely (though my mom and I went out and took pictures ourselves).

Would you recommend Wattpad?

Yes!

Anything else you would like to add?

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who reads my stuff and supports me, no matter how sporadic my updates can be.  It honestly means a lot!

Thank so much to you for kindly agreeing to be featured on my blog!

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