I’m Ali, from Far North Queensland in Australia. I have been lucky enough to meet a wonderful group of supportive and talented writers from all over the world, through Wattpad.
I have five young children and though they keep me busy, I always find time to write.
I began just purely reading on Wattpad two years ago now in July 2020 and shortly after, I decided to try my hand at writing and publishing my first work on the platform, A beta life.
I have loved to create stories ever since I was young and though I wanted to pursue it as a career, I shifted towards the popular trend in my family and became a nurse.
When I started to write frequently on Wattpad, my love for all things written came flooding back and then as I met more and more authors with that common connection, I started to pursue it as something other than just a hobby.
I love to read and write a sassy female lead with a smart mouth and a whole load of attitude. I love a slow burn romance, intrigue, romance, sex, drama and of course I have a weakness for the gorgeous bad boys.
When did you realized you wanted to be a writer?
I can remember at a very young age, writing my own stories and reading them in class. The earliest my mother remembers is age 4, I created my own book in kindergarten. As an adult now, I realise how amazing it is to find something you truly love doing, and even better, being able to share that with people.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
My first real completed work is A beta life, at the ripe old age of 40. But I have so many unfinished works happening all the time!
How long does it take to write?
It depends on how high your level of perfection is! It has taken me two years to be happy with A beta life. The story itself has been around longer but I was never completely happy with its even now, I still overthink on so much of it. I’m also the worst procrastinator ever. Whenever I get stuck on something I just start with another project. That’s why I have so many continuing works at once.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Take time out with my family. And think of new things to write! My children and I are working on our own children’s book to promote our local area. We are writing and illustrating it together.
What was one of the most surprising thing you learned in creating your book?
How much people reading and commenting on it inspires you! It’s truly the audience that makes the biggest impact. That’s the very best thing about interactive platforms, the support and praise are instant and it really helps to propel you forward as a writer.
What do you think makes a good story?
Something unique. Your own quirks and traits make for the best material. It has to have a great start. Catch the readers attention immediately. And hold it.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
A writer or a dancer. I’m happy to say that I have been lucky enough to be able to do both at some stage.
What quote inspired you and your life?
Never let anyone tell you you don’t deserve what you want. And I live by it.
What Movie or series character would you say describe you as a person?
I’ll ask my husband and get back to you….!
What song inspires you?
That’s so dependent on my mood! Today… it’s Guy Sebastian’s newbie, “Standing With you”
When you wrote your first book. What inspired the story?
I was really into reading in the werewolf genre and I found myself always searching for a strong female sassy lead. I didn’t want them weak and powerless. I wanted to read someone strong and hard and tough. With a smart mouth and some killer one liners. So I wrote her.
What inspired your characters in your first book and were they based on people in your life?
I would say that the main characters in Beta life are based on characters that I always live to read. Strong in their own right. Loving. Tough. Headstrong. Sad. Hiding things. Powerful without knowing.
My second book has a few characters that are absolutely based on people I know! And the experiences I have lived. The character I love most in How to choose the one is based on my own best friend.
Would you change anything from your first book?
I’m always adapting it a little as I feel that over the space of two years writing it, my writing style has developed and grown stronger. I don’t change the story so much but I do edit it and change and update the language and conviction I use.
If there is a message in any of your books, what would you like people to take away from reading your book?
Take note of my female characters. They are always the girl I wish my daughters to be. They have class. They have morals and they have balls! They get pushed down but they get right back up and punch life in the face. I love that about them. I hope people get that from reading my work.
Why is reading a book better than watching the movie?
There is so much more to take from reading. You have to work for it. You have to get through all the words, see the emotion and meaning behind them, form your own opinion.
And then you can read and re-read and love it again and again. You can imagine the characters in your own way. It’s your own world. So much better than movies! I am usually disappointed in something when I watch a movie adaptation of a book I love.
If they make a movie of your book who would you like to play your main character.
I would love the cast to remain diverse like they are in my book, from all different backgrounds and ethnicities.
Do you like to read ebooks or paperback?
I find myself moving towards more Ebooks now just for the simplicity of them. They can be anywhere I am! But I do have special loved copies of paperbacks I treasure. Hopefully one day my own!
Who is your favourite author?
Ah. I cannot answer this! It really depends on what genre I’m into. I can say though, that Wattpad has some AMAZING unknown and new authors! There is a plethora of talent available on Wattpad. And I’m lucky to be in this platform with a few of some very talented people.
Any unknown author you would recommend.
I absolutely love all my co-authors from Twisted thrills. Each has their own unique style and talent and everyone writes completely different genres. That’s what makes the book so interesting when we have to write the same characters and try to keep the story flowing.