Today I am interviewing the lovely Blair Holden, author of the Bad Boy’s Girl and other successful Wattpad stories. I’m really excited to hear what she has to say so I’m just going dive straight in with a blurb from The Bad Boy’s Girl and her author bio, before getting on to the questions.
“Some people bring out the worst in you, others bring out the best, and then there are those remarkably rare, addictive ones who just bring out the most. Of everything. They make you feel so alive that you’d follow them straight into hell, just to keep getting your fix.”
— Karen Marie Moning, Shadowfever
Tessa O’Connell is a girl as ordinary as they come-or so she thinks. Her aim for senior year is to keep her head down yet somehow manage to convince her childhood love Jay Stone to love her back. What she isn’t prepared for is for Jay’s brother, Cole to return to town and change the life she’s always been seemingly content to live. Tall, gorgeous as all hell and a bad boy with ocean blue eyes and the perfect edge of adorability, he was her greatest tormentor, her number one enemy.But the guy that’s come back is like no one Tessa’s ever come across. He challenges her, he tests her limits, he forces her to bring out the girl she’s long ago buried under a veil of mediocrity and most of all he compels her to consider that perhaps the boy that infuriates her to the point of no return might just her guardian angel.
Hi I’m Blair, a 22 year old Law student who’d rather spend her day locked up in a room with her laptop, typing away. I’m a romance addict who lives and breathes novels with swoon worthy heroes and headstrong, opinionated heroines. I’ve been writing on Wattpad for over four years now, gathering over 260,000 followers along the way. My ‘The Bad Boy’s Girl’ series has over 150 Million reads online and has recently been published by Penguin Random House Spain. Writing and Wattpad have changed my world and I’m so thankful for everyone who’s been part of that journey.
What are some of your favourite books on Wattpad?
I joined Wattpad back in 2011 so a lot of the books that I love are the older ones. I have a reading list on my profile called the Brilliant Ones with all my favourites if you’d like some recommendations. The top ones are ‘The Girl Behind the Throne’ by roiskate and ‘All I Never Wanted’ by ACRL37. My favourite writer on Wattpad is DarknessAndLight.
How long have you been writing/ on Wattpad?
I started out as a silent reader and stayed that way for about a year. At first I wasn’t even brave enough to comment on stories and connect with my favourite writers. But the more I read the more I wanted to join the community because I loved the relationship readers and writers had. So I posted my first story in 2012 and haven’t stopped writing since.
Why do you like Wattpad?
I think Wattpad is such an incredible platform for both writers and readers. As a reader you have thousands of stories at your fingertips for free and written by people all over the world. It’s baffling to even think about the kind of access Wattpad gives you. As a writer, it’s the best kind of way to grow and improve your skills and be as creative as possible with your work. I love Wattpad because minutes after I post a chapter I have tons of comments and that feedback is the best thing a writer could ask for.
How do you get ideas for your stories?
I’m a bit of a daydreamer and I tend to have a lot of moments throughout the day where I get lost in my own head. This is when I get a rough idea for most of my stories. I’ll start jotting down points immediately if a particular storyline or character really excites me. Other than that music and good books have always helped me feel inspired when I feel like I’m stuck.
Which scene from your books did you enjoy writing the most?
I think it has to be a scene from my book, ‘The Bad Boy’s Girl’ because the book itself was incredibly fun to write. But the ball scenes were great because I had my readers pick dresses for the characters as well as music. It was all really interactive, a two part chapter and I had a lot of fun during the entire process.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
I think recently what’s become a trend on Wattpad is that writers like to chase numbers rather than focusing on their work. Everyone wants a certain number of reads, votes and followers and when they don’t reach these goals they get really demotivated. While all of those things are great, I don’t think that that’s what they should be focusing on. If you write what you love and constantly use any feedback you receive to improve your writing, you’ll be making the most of what Wattpad has to offer.
What is your favourite thing about writing?
I love it’s ability to transport you to a completely different world. When I write I lose myself in the story and in the world of my characters. It’s a great stress reliever if nothing else.
How has your writing developed/ how do you think Wattpad has helped you improve as a writer?
Of course! If you look at the story I posted four years ago (please don’t) and the chapters I currently post there’s a world of difference in them. I like to think that I’ve gotten considerably better and that’s always the case when you write continuously for over four years. Practice, practice and even more practice is the only way your writing will ever progress. I feel like over the years I’ve developed a voice and style of my own which my readers now recognise and I owe it all to Wattpad.
Have you had any criticism/unkindness and if so how did you deal with that?
I’ve been been very lucky in that aspect. Wattpad is different from other online platforms in the sense that you don’t find a lot of negativity on it. My comments have usually been positive or constructive criticism, which I appreciate. Of course when your book is as widely read as TBBG you’re bound to come across some feedback that makes you question yourself. If someone says that they don’t like my work for so and so reason, I try and look at it from their perspective and keep their comments in mind when writing my next chapter. If it’s constructive criticism then it helps me but if people are being rude for no reason necessary then I just shrug it off and keep doing what I love.
Would you recommend Wattpad?
Absolutely. I started my Wattpad journey when I was in a not-so-great place in my life. High school isn’t always a pleasant experience and at that point in my life I needed something I could count on to cheer me up. Wattpad was the perfect escape. There’s literally something on there for everyone, whether you’re a reader or a writer. It’s such a supportive and lovely community and you’ll find the best people to have an online family of your own.
Anything else you would like to add?
Thanks so much for interviewing for your blog and to everyone reading this, thank you for supporting me and my work. I’d just like to say that no matter what your dream is, if you work hard enough for it it’s possible to make it come true. I could’ve never imagined that my books would be in stores and that my readers would be able to purchase them but it’s happening! So if I can do, so can you. The important thing is to remember to never give up no matter how demotivated you may feel at times, just keep pushing.