Thursday, January 8, 2015

A Love Story All Around Featuring Anna Todd and the After Series

There is nothing I love more than a good book...except for a good book series...and it's even better if the author's story is also inspiring. Take, for example, Anna Todd. A beautiful 25 year-old Texas military wife who turned her love of British boy band One Direction, and writing hobby into the extremely successful After series. Even more astounding is the fact that the majority of this book was written from her mobile phone while running errands, waiting for appointments and the like.

How, you may ask, does one write a book via their mobile device? Wattpad, of course! Wattpad is a reading and writing community comprised of over 40 million members, more than 80 million posted stories and stories in over 50 languages. You can access Wattpad via your mobile phone, tablet or a computer. The best part of Wattpad is that the material posted by members is free to read. Some authors may post a chapter at a time to keep their readers coming back for more. The readers benefit by providing feedback through comments and messages. On top of that, anyone can join! This provides great exposure for aspiring authors (or even people who just like to write!), and allows readers to deliver feedback, right where it matters.

Using Wattpad, Anna Todd created the After series which revolves around a college-bound girl named Tessa and the "bad boy" she falls for, Hardin, who is notably created after Harry Styles from One Direction. The entire series was over 2,500 pages and had over 1 billion reads! Simon & Schuster published the book and the first novel hit shelves on October 21, 2014. Even more exciting (for me anyway), is the fact that Paramount Pictures picked up the filming rights, so this is all set to be seen on the big screen too! I come from the belief that you must always read a book before you see a movie, so I am going to be eyes deep in 2,500 pages worth of Anna Todd's writing before this hits the big screen.

If you too are a lover of books, aspiring authors and love stories, you can grab your copy of Anna Todd's After to get you started on the series from Barnes and Noble or for your E-reader. I have started After and it is hard to put down! I have been scoping out the other books in the series because there is nothing worse than finishing one book in a series and not having the next one right there to dive into.

You can find Anna Todd on Wattpad HERE, or follow her on Twitter and Instagram to see what is new and exciting in her life!

Disclosure: I participated in the After by Anna Todd blog program as a member of One2One Network. I received compensation but all opinions are my own.

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