Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the four hundred and tenth, is of young adult and romance writer Ana Huang. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
Ana Huang is a 24-year-old Florida native who is currently based in Washington, D.C. As the daughter of Chinese-American immigrants, she had to take ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes in kindergarten. Determined to improve her English, she started reading everything she could get her hands on, thereby kicking off a lifelong love affair with the written word.
When she was sixteen, she started writing All I’ve Never Wanted, a Young Adult romantic comedy inspired by the Asian drama Meteor Garden. Three years later, she discovered Wattpad, a social reading platform where she posted All I’ve Never Wanted under the username ACRL37. So far, the story has attracted over 17 million views and helped her gain over 35,000 followers on Wattpad.
Ana primarily writes Young Adult and romantic fiction. She published All I’ve Never Wanted as a Kindle eBook, available on Amazon worldwide, June 9, 2015. She is also the author of If We Ever Meet Again, a romantic drama about college students studying abroad, whose characters and events closely mirror her own study abroad experiences. Currently, If We Ever Meet Again is still available as a full-length story on Wattpad.
And now from the author herself:
Books have always been my safe haven. I read when I want to escape into another world, and I write when I want to create my own world. However, when I’m writing, I draw a lot of inspiration from real-life people and events.
The one exception is All I’ve Never Wanted. It was inspired by the Taiwanese drama Meteor Garden, also known as Boys over Flowers in Korea and Hana Yori Dango in Japan. While the basic premise is the same—regular teenage girl gets caught up with a clique of four very rich and powerful guys—most of the events in the novel are my own creation.
Parts of All I’ve Never Wanted is dramatic and over-the-top because I wanted to draw readers into a world that is exciting and far removed from their daily lives (unless they happen to own a private jet)! I wrote it when I was quite young, so it’s a lighter read than If We Ever Meet Again, which I finished when I was in college. I spent a total of one year studying abroad in Asia, and some of the experiences I had were so fantastic that I was compelled to turn them into a story. Hence, If We Ever Meet Again was born.
Warning: Keep tissues on hand when reading the story!
You can find more about Ana and her writing via…
- Wattpad profile: http://www.wattpad.com/user/ACRL37
- Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Acrl37/121915021225305
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5758632.Ana_Huang
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/ana_huang37
- Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00X0CEQNW
- Amazon Book link: http://www.amazon.com/All-Ive-Never-Wanted-Huang-ebook/dp/B00WY2WU50 and http://www.amazon.co.uk/All-Ive-Never-Wanted-Huang-ebook/dp/B00WY2WU50.
Thank you, Ana. Great to meet you.
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