WHO WILL BE AT WATTCON 2018
Curious about who of your fave Wattpad writers are attending? Wondering which industry experts will be joining us? Look no further for WattCon 2018 confirmed panelists and keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks for more exciting additions!
Adrian Birch is known for his unique voice and sense of humour in cheeky, mystery/thriller. His "Dead in Bed" series on Wattpad has accumulated over 13.3M reads, and has been released as a two-part audiobook through Hachette Audio in 2017.
Alex Evansley is a Wattpad Star and a published young adult author from North Carolina. Her debut novel Love Scene, Take Two (Swoon Reads / Macmillan) was a featured story on Wattpad, where it’s garnered over three million reads and won a Watty award prior to its publication in June 2018. Alex is currently earning an MFA in Fiction Writing and spends most of her free time hanging out with other people’s dogs and attempting to maintain a reasonable sleep schedule. You can find her on Wattpad, Instagram, and Twitter as @nonfictionalex.
Anna Todd is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of the After series. Hailed by Cosmopolitan as “the biggest literary phenomenon of her generation,” Anna began her literary career on the social storytelling platform Wattpad. Serialized on Wattpad in 2013, After has over 1.5 billion reads on the site. The print edition, published in 2014 by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, has over 15 million copies in circulation, has been published in over 30 languages and is a #1 bestseller in Italy, Germany, France and Spain. A film by the same name is in the making and is due to release in 2019.
Ali Novak is a Wisconsin native and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's creative writing program. She started writing her debut novel My Life with the Walter Boyswhen she was only fifteen. Since then, her work has received more than 150 million hits online and My Life with the Walter Boys has been optioned for television by Komixx Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television. Her fourth book, Heartstrings, will be published by Sourcebooks Fire summer of 2019. You can follow Ali on Twitter, Instagram, and Wattpad @fallzswimmer.
A.V. Geiger started writing in the dead of night for reasons she can’t explain. A Harvard-educated professional, she decided to put her academic pedigree to better use by writing celebrity fanfiction. Her works have since received millions of hits online under the Wattpad username @adam_and_jane. Her original YA romantic thriller, FOLLOW ME BACK, was ranked #1 in Mystery/Thriller, and an expanded version will be published by Sourcebooks Fire in 2017. When she’s not writing, she enjoys fangirling, photoshopping the heads of band members onto the bodies of unicorns, and running the popular Twitter account Wattpad Obsessed (@FollowBackBook). She lives with her family in New Jersey.
Amber K. Bryant is a Wattpad Star, a multi-genre author, and a librarian living deep within Sasquatch territory in Washington State. Her piece on contest participation is included in THE WRITER’S GUIDE TO WATTPAD, published in August 2018. She has co-authored a short story with R.L. Stine, won a Watty for her novella, UNSEEN, and won three contests judged by Margaret Atwood. Her work has been featured in Cosmopolitan Online and Thought Catalog. Occasionally, Amber pries herself away from screens to spend time with her husband and son, hiking, gardening, and searching in vain for the illusive Bigfoot.
Ariel Klontz is the author of Wattpad featured novel ONE LITTLE SPELL, the short story “Supper,” featured in the BAD NEIGHBORHOOD anthology by Spooky Words Press, and several popular Tap by Wattpad chat stories. Her short horror story "Preservation” also appeared in the top 100 of TNTs Horror Contest. Her works span a broad spectrum of genres, and she loves exploring new writing styles, characters, and techniques. In college, Ariel took every kind of writing class that she could. On any given day Ariel can be found exploring new worlds on Wattpad and sharing snacks with her spoiled dachshund Eve.
Benjamin Sobieck is a Wattpad Star and editor of “The Writer’s Guide to Wattpad,” published in August 2018 by Writer’s Digest Books and featuring contributions by 23 Wattpad Stars, ambassadors, and staff. In 2016, he won a Watty Award for “Black Eye: Confessions of a Fake Psychic Detective #2.” His stories on Wattpad, such as “When the Black-Eyed Children Knock,” have drawn more than 1.5 million reads. He works in publishing as an editor and product manager. He’s also the creator of The Writer’s Glove®, used in 40 countries. Fun fact: Ben was once a Glamour magazine hand model.
Beth Reekles is a 20-year-old Young Adult author from South Wales, and is currently a Physics undergraduate at Exeter University. She began posting her first novel, The Kissing Booth, online to Wattpad when she was 15 years old, and when she was 17 she earned a three-book deal with Random House. In 2013, she was on the Time’s Top 16 Most Influential Teens list, and in 2014 she was nominated for the Queen of Teen awards. In 2018, The Kissing Booth movie was released as a Netflix Original and has since been deemed "one of the most-watched movies in the country, maybe even the world."
Daven McQueen is a student and writer from Los Angeles, California. She has always loved telling stories, but only started writing regularly after joining Wattpad at age fourteen. In high school, she received two national medals from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in the novel category. She enjoys experimenting with genre, and has written science-fiction, thriller, romance, action, and humor. Now, she is continuing her passion for writing at Brown University, where she is pursuing a double major in literary arts and economics. When she’s not studying or writing, Daven can be found tap dancing, cooking and baking, and petting every dog she sees.
Deanna Cameron is the secret identity of LyssFrom1996, the writer of stories like Ella Was and What Happened That Night, a mystery thriller published earlier this summer by Hachette Romans and featured by Wattpad. Now, she’s currently writing another young adult mystery novel, The Wolves That Are, and dreaming of the day she can quit retail to work on her writing full-time.
Debra Goelz originally from Hollywood, where she served for ten years as a financial executive for such companies as Universal Pictures, Dino de Laurentiis and Jim Henson Productions. Her performing career began and ended with her puppeteering a chicken during the closing scene in Muppet Treasure Island. After garnering over 9 Million Reads, her award-winning YA fantasy, Mermaids and the Vampires Who Love Them, was published by Hachette audio in October, 2017. In 2016 Simon & Schuster published two of her short stories in anthologies— My Love God Went to Hawaii and all I Got Was This Lousy Papaya in Once Upon Now and Redirection in Imagines. She lives in a magical redwood forest in rural Marin County.
Award-winning documentary filmmaker, columnist, and feminist thought leader Emily Lindin is the founder of The UnSlut Project, an online community where young survivors of sexual assault and harassment can share their stories and find solidarity. Emily has been featured on ABC with Katie Couric, CNN, The Doctors, Al Jazeera America, NPR's Here and Now, and Amber Rose's SlutWalk sharing her experience overcoming the label of "slut" as an eleven-year-old girl. Now a Harvard graduate, recent Ph.D., and cofounder of The Matriarchy Media, Emily started The UnSlut Project by posting her annotated middle school diary on Wattpad and later publishing it as a book, "UnSlut: A Diary and a Memoir" (Zest). She lives in the San Francisco bay area with her husband, baby daughter, and dog.
Erin Gross fell into fandom with Twilight and it sparked a career that she never expected. She is the owner of Fangirlish.com and has worked in several fandoms including The Hunger Games, Divergent, Shadowhunters, and most recently After. Somewhat of a fandom expert, she managed to turn it into a career. She works too much but still finds the time to enjoy her life in New York City where she works in Social Media Marketing for brands and entertainment. She also is the executive assistant to someone you all know, Anna Todd.
Fallon DeMornay is a YA Fantasy/Adult Contemporary author known for writing powerful girls smashing the patriarchy. Currently living in Toronto, Ontario, she was twice reviewed by RT Book Reviews, a Top 10 finalist in Harlequin's SO YOU THINK YOU CAN WRITE contest in 2015, and featured in Cosmopolitan Online Magazine in 2016. Through Wattpad, she has done commissioned work for H&M, PANDORA, and Warner Bros.
Flourish Klink is Chief Research Officer and a partner in Chaotic Good Studios. As an expert on fans and fan culture, she has worked with companies such as Fox Film, Blizzard Entertainment, Coca-Cola, Hulu, and Rede Globo. She was formerly a partner in The Alchemists Transmedia Storytelling Co. and led fan strategy for the award-winning Hulu Original show East Los High. As a teenager, helped organize the first ever Harry Potter fan convention. She earned an MS from MIT, studying with Henry Jenkins, and a BA from Reed College. Flourish also writes Larry mpreg fanfic (among other things) and is co-host of Fansplaining, the podcast by, for, and about fandom.
H.J. Nelson is a University of Wisconsin Graduate with degrees in Creative Writing and Wildlife Biology. She began writing on the online platform Wattpad in 2015 where her story The Last She was one of the most read Science Fiction stories in both 2016 and 2017. Since then she has garnered over 8 Million Reads and has written for brands like General Electric and Writers Digest. When not writing, H.J. Nelson can be found exploring the mountains of Idaho, the place she calls home.
Heidi Tandy (@heidi8) has been practicing intellectual property and Internet law for over 20 years; she's also been active in fandoms and fan creativity since 2000, and is one of the essayists featured in FIC: How Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World (edited by Anne Jamison). Heidi was a founder of FictionAlley and the HPEF fan conference nonprofit. She's been a list mod, site founder, fandomy reporter, con organizer, Comic-Con panel hostess, fanfic writer, vidder, reccer and curator, member of the legal committee for the Organization for Transformative Works and a founder/writer at FYeahCopyright.tumblr.com which examines legal issues that impact fandomers. Heidi has participated in the Harry Potter/Wizarding World fandom since the day of Goblet of Fire's release and has since found herself in other fandoms, including Supernatural, Heroes, Teen Wolf, Doctor Who, The Tomorrow People, Neil Gaiman's novels and Lev Grossman’s The Magicians series. She is Of Counsel for Intellectual Property at the law firm of Price Benowitz LLC.
Jakayla Toney is an American writer of young adult novels, 2016 Watty's winner, Wattpad Star, vlogger, and inspiring photographer. She is known for her horrifying and creepy ghost stories. Authors such as R.L. Stine and Mary Downing Hahn are her influences.
Jamaiyah Redmond is a high school student in Clayton, Missouri. Recently, she has won a 2017 Watty Award for her book 'Hawthorne Heights' which showcases a realistic point of view for the misrepresented black youth of today. At a young age, Jamaiyah found her love for reading thanks to 'The Kissing Hand.' She wrote her first official short story in the seventh grade and tries to forget that it was ever written. In her free time, Jamaiyah likes to fall in love with book characters and think of ways to turn the world into a more positive place for future generations.
Jandra Sutton is an author, journalist, and digital marketer based in Nashville, TN. She is the co-founder of Wild Hare Collective, and she's passionate about helping people live full, happy, and creative lives. Her debut novel, FRAGILE, is available now.
In her spare time, Jandra enjoys fangirling, working out, and anything relating to ice cream. Pluto will always be a planet in her heart. You can follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Wattpad @jandralee.
Jen Wilde is a writer, geek and fangirl with a penchant for coffee, books and pugs. She writes YA stories about zombies (AS THEY RISE), witches (ECHO OF THE WITCH) and fangirls (QUEENS OF GEEK). Her debut series reached over three million reads on Wattpad and became an Amazon bestseller. Her next book, THE BRIGHTSIDERS, comes out May 2018, and GOING OFF-SCRIPT releases Summer 2019.
Jo Watson is the award-winning author of romantic comedies. After becoming a Wattpad sensation, with over 20 million reads on her books, she signed a three-book deal with Grand Central Publishing for her ‘Destination Love’ series. When she isn’t writing she can be found binge watching TV series and Dr.Pimple Popper videos on YouTube. She is an obsessive collector of colorful, kitschy things that usually sparkle, is an Adidas addict, total Depeche Mode devotee and travel fanatic. She currently lives in South Africa with her husband and son.
Kara Barbieri is a twenty-two year old author with a love for the weird and mystic. She enjoys weaving ancient mythology into her stories and writing characters who are strong yet vulnerable at the same time. In her free time she trains with the same weapons her characters use, studies as a linguistic major, and generally tries her hardest not to be normal. Her debut novel, WHITE STAG, will be published by Wednesday Books / Macmillan in January 2019.
Keri Halfacre is the 2016 Watty winning writer of NATALIE'S DIARY and creator of many Tap stories across mystery, romance, and YA fiction genres, including 2017 Watty winner KIRA'S MISSING. In her day to day life, she works in film and theatre helping to create sets on such productions as The Revenant, FX's Fargo the Series seasons 1 and 2, and CBC's Heartland. Her writing has appeared on screen, stage, comic, app, and soon, audio. An Alberta, Canada native, she is educated in theatre and film production, making storytelling a part of every day. She enjoys horror movies on Netflix a little too much and can be found on Twitter and Instagram as @pointfiveacre.
Kevin Fanning is the author of the book Kim Kardashian: Trapped In Her Own Game, and its sequel, Kim Kardashian: #BreakTheGame. He has been writing online and trying to get brands to interact with him since 1998. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and can be found on Twitter at @kfan and on Wattpad at @kfxinfinity. For a complete list of his projects, visit kevinfanning.com.
LL Montez is a teacher, writer, entrepreneur, and friend to all. She is best known for her 2017 Watty winner, ARC10, and for co-hosting the Wattpad community-focused podcast, The Writers XL, with bestie author Shelly X Leonn. During her undergrad, she practiced short story performance narratives and has since translated that love of community storytelling to teaching. She lives in a turn-of-the-century printing factory in Chicago’s historic Printers’ Row with her explosively supportive entrepreneurial husband and fur-baby.
Lauren Palphreyman is an author based in London. She is best known for her supernatural teen romance, Cupid's Match, which has accumulated over 40 million reads online, and has been developed into a pilot episode for CW Seed. She is part of Wattpad's social influencer programme, the Wattpad Stars, where she has written for brand campaigns, spoken on a panel at London WattCon, and completed a chapter for Writer's Digest's upcoming release 'Writer's Guide to Wattpad'. Her standalone supernatural romance, Thorn, has accumulated over 600k reads online to date. Lauren previously worked as an insight analyst for Penguin Random House. Now she spends her days writing, drinking coffee, and deviously plotting for cupid world domination! As a huge fan of Marvel and big blockbuster franchises, her life's ambition is to create a fictional, multimedia, interconnected universe for fans to enjoy and explore.
Leah (L.D.) Crichton writes New Adult and Young Adult Romance. Her YA Debut, ALL OUR BROKEN PIECES is coming from Disney/Hyperion in Summer 2019. She's a Wattpad Star with a pre-existing fanbase 151,000 strong and growing established through various forms of social media like Wattpad, Twitter and Facebook. Her work has been featured in Publishers Weekly, Daily Dot, Marketing Magazine, Venture Beat, Contently, Toronto Life and Just Jared.
Leigh is a University student and aspiring author from the UK. Her Wattpad story Human Error has recently been Optioned for television. When she’s not writing teen fiction books, she spends the rest of her time trying to pay attention in medical lectures – though that’s mostly to get inspiration for her latest sci-fi novel. She has an obsession with country music and desperately hopes to travel the world someday.
Mariah often wishes she were Indiana Jones and sometimes laughs in her sleep. Despite her liberal arts degree, she has a real grown-up job making memes at an east-coast tech company. She never has to ask people if they want fries with that. She loves making people laugh, especially through storytelling. Her six stories on Wattpad span from romantic comedy to teen fiction and paranormal, and are often inspired by the ironies and complexities of real life. She is a four-time featured writer and 2016 Watty Award winner, and her stories have accumulated nearly 300K reads.
Mikaela Bender is a University student that keeps herself busy by creating fictional characters in fantastical worlds. Her short stories Aftermath and Terminated have been included in the FWA Collection Volumes 6 and 7. Her novel, Asleep, won the Royal Palm Literary award for its category and the Candice Coghill award; her work Of Sirens and Beasts is published by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, in the Once Upon Now Anthology; and most recently her Watty Award winning duology, Expiration Date has been picked up by Tongal and the Syfy channel as part of the platform’s biggest original digital series contest. She dreams of working in a publishing house in the not too distant future and finally begin working on the other side of the infamous process of publishing.
Monica Sanz is a YA author from Weston, Florida. She has an established fanbase on Wattpad.com and is a member of the Wattpad4, a group of writers who host weekly Twitter chats on writing and publishing. Her debut YA novel, SEVENTH BORN (The Witchling Academy #1) comes out September 2018 from Entangled Teen.
Romi Moondi is an author of romantic comedy novels, as well as a memoir based on her travels in Paris. She also writes screenplays, and was a top 20 finalist in the 2014 International Script Pipeline competition (out of 3,5000 scripts). In her spare time she geeks out on a wide variety of things, from The Mindy Project to trying twenty different recipes for a chocolate chip cookie (the perfect one still eludes her...).
Paul "PK" Kingston is a Toronto-born writer, actor, comedian, teacher, and multi-tasker who grew up on a steady diet of horror movies and cynicism before moving to Los Angeles. While he got his start in sketch comedy and improv, he's always wanted to write a novel, and when he learned about the wonder that is WATTPAD, how could he not dive into the community?
Rebecca Sky is a YA author who lives on an island off the West Coast of Canada. Her work has garnered over 20 million reads on popular online site Wattpad.com and she was featured in the New York Times and Boston Globe. Her debut YA novel ARROWHEART comes out this June from Hachette's Hodder Children's Books.
Zoe Aarsen is a graphic designer and copywriter. She inherited her love of all things macabre from her father, who belongs to an amateur ghost hunting club, and spent part of her childhood in Salem, MA. Her first paranormal YA novel, Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, is being turned into a television series on Hulu.