Angel48183 also known as Johanna Delacruz, is an amazing and widely successful wattpad author. She has published 89, EIGHTY NINE, works on the platform. Her stories have grossed an estimated 30 million reads and more than a million votes.
Read her interview below.
QUESTION #1: When and how do you start your day? What do you do to prepare yourself for a day of work and your morning routine?
1.I wake up around 6 am in the mornings, then have a cup of coffee and check my messages. I get ready for work, showering, and getting my lunch ready. I also talk to my husband during this time.
QUESTION #2: What do the day-to-day responsibilities look like to you, would you consider yourself strict or disciplined when it comes to do your duties?
2.I work eight hours a day cleaning, and I usually know what I’m doing each day unless my boss changes it on me. Since I’ve worked at this job for over twenty years, I’m familiar with every aspect. It’s a laid back environment.
QUESTION #3: How often or how long do you spend in a day preparing for your work and how does it fit into your schedule?
3. I don’t have any time frame with work. We use dates with work since I work in housing.
QUESTION #4: What is your favorite part about being a writer? Will you continue to pursue this career in the near future or you have other plans?
4. I love coming up with new ideas and characters. Writing is an escape for me when life gets stressful. I’ll always write unless something prevents me. Writing is like breathing to me. Hopefully, I can get my books on shelves in bookstores.
QUESTION #5: How did you discover your passion for writing and how long have you been doing it? What benefits have you derived from it?
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5. My mom suggested I write because I felt bored on summer break. I started writing at 12 and have been writing on and off for over 30 years.
QUESTION #6: Who is your favorite author and what have you learned from him or her.
6. Mary Higgins Clarke is my favorite writer. I learned to keep the reader interested in the story and keep the story moving. The last thing you want to do as a writer is to bore a reader.
QUESTION #7: What book of yours would you recommend a person who hasn’t heard of you before?
7. The Gray Brothers, Saintwood, or The Businessman’s Escort.
QUESTION #8: If you had the money to buy all the ice cream in the world, what flavours would you choose?
8. Chocolate chip ice cream, Chocolate marshmallow, or Superman.
QUESTION #9: What does your writing process look like and what goes into your physical and mental preparations when you are developing a concept for a book?
9. I’m like the internet with fifty tabs open at once, and I’m continually moving with my head in my phone. Concepts come to me at the most random times or when I’m going to bed. I keep notes on Character names and essential personality traits. I write in chronological order and use holidays as a guide.
QUESTION #10: What was the worst mistake you made in your journey and how will aspiring writers prevent the same from happening to them?
10. I learned not to take things personally with the comments or argue with people. Everyone has a different perception of a story. Sometimes a reader offers a good suggestion that helps with the storyline. I learned that not everyone wants advice.
QUESTION #11: What do you look for most in a plot and how do you achieve the results you want? What do you consider the most important part of a story?
11. With plots, they have to have some purpose or goals and what the characters are trying to achieve. I look at getting from point A to point Z. Balance is vital with humor, romance, drama, and fiction.
QUESTION #12: Are you happy about where you are as a writer? Do you sometimes want more attention or less?
12. I’m happy where I’m at with writing because I’m always evolving and trying new things. I usually don’t worry about attention. I prefer readers to read.
QUESTION #13: What was the most exciting and exasperating moment for you in your journey and how have you coped with disappointment?
13. When one of my stories hit 1M reads in four months, that shocked me. I didn’t think I would get that many reads ever. I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed as a writer. To me, writing isn’t about being famous or making an exuberant amount of money. Writing is more personal to me.
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QUESTION #14: What does success look like to you in this position? What new projects are you working on and when should we be expecting them?
14. Success is when someone talks about a character and how much they connected with that character. If people connect with a story, then I did my job. I have more stories planned with series and some new ideas I’m tossing around in my head. Those stories are coming this year.
QUESTION#15: What do you see as the most challenging aspect of this job and how do you overcome them?
15. Staying motivated and updating frequently. When I’m stuck with a story, I read. That motivates me to write and get new chapters out. Plus, I never want to let my readers down since they support me. It also helps when you have a best friend like Gema to push you lol.
16. I read a story, and it disappointed me. I complained to my husband, and he told me to put mine up or shut up. Challenge accepted. People liked my story, and I thought it sucked lol. I don’t get a lot of negativity or hate, but if I do, I handle it accordingly.
QUESTION #17: Rank the various characters in your book:
I. The most annoying and most likely to get killed by you.
17. I) Well, those are the villains who hassle my mains.
II. the one you might have a relationship with, that is if they were real.
II) I don’t want a relationship with any of my characters because they’re like my children. Yeah, no.
III. The most adventurous or badass.
III) Frazier, Grammy Gray, or Nixon Gray. Memphis is pretty badass.
QUESTION #18: Rank your stories:
I. The one you enjoyed writing.
18. I) The Gray Brothers – because I love the brothers
II. The one most likely to get an award.
II) The Gray Brothers – it did win an award
III. The story you’ll never give up even if your life depended on it.
III) The Gray Brothers – it’s based on my dad and his brothers
QUESTION #19: What promotional method or practices did you use to promote your book? Which ones did you find the most useful? How did you get so many people interested in your work?
19. I entered a few contests and won. I had people contact me that read my books and told their friends to check them out. Honestly, it’s word of mouth, I update frequently, and interaction with the readers. I reply to every comment I see or message.
QUESTION #20: Do you ever consider luck, your gender, ethnicity or race as a helping factor in your success?
20. I don’t consider any of those helpful with my success. I found topics relatable to people and wrote about them. Family is a major theme for me, and I explore different dynamics. I wanted people to read stories they identified with and know that they aren’t alone. I wanted everyone to picture themselves as the main in the story. It shouldn’t matter who they are. I prefer diverse characters over the same style. It makes for an exciting dynamic and better storytelling.
I am a fifteen year old book addict and writing enthusiast from Ghana in West Africa. I love potato chips and jelly, pizza too but not so much. If you want to know more about me, you can follow me on other social media platforms. Don’t forget to subscribe to the newsletter!!!!