Peanutboyfriend is a popular fan fiction writer on the wattpad platform. With over eleven thousand followers and five published works, she has proven herself as being a great writer and she keeps on proving it each and every day. She has been on the app for over five years solidifying her status as a wattpad star.
READ HER INTERVIEW BELOW:
When and how do you start your day? What do you do to prepare yourself for a day of work and your morning routine?
-I’m a kindergarten teacher, so during the school year throughout the week, I wake up early and eat a simple breakfast. Usually one cup of black coffee, a handful of nuts and a banana.
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I shower and feed my dog, go through the motions of a minimal beauty routine and write down three pages of “morning pages” as suggested in the book for creatives, The Artist’s Way. The weekends and summer days are far less regimented, usually consisting of sleeping in and having a smoothie around noon.
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?
-This truly depends on how I’m feeling mentally. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found that I have days that are jam-packed with responsibilities and days where I do next to nothing. So, I’d say I’m a healthy combination of strict and lenient.
How often or how long do you spend in a day preparing for your work and how does it fit into your schedule?
-When it comes to writing, it’s typically something that I do at night after my work and errand responsibilities for the day are completed. I attempt writing almost every night even when I’m struggling with writer’s block, because I tend to feel guilty for not challenging myself. It’s safe to say I stay up much too late working on writing, averaging my sleep to about five to six hours of sleep a night.
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?
-The connections I make with readers and hearing their feedback on my books, particularly how my books affect their thinking process and their day-to-day living. I would love to pursue writing more professionally, but possibly not as my only career path.
I think I would miss teaching too much. And for me personally, having that much emphasis on writing as my only means of income would put too much pressure on my creativity and push me to emotionally lock up.
How did you discover your passion for writing and how long have you been doing it? What benefits have you derived from it?
-It happened accidentally when I began posting blurbs as captions on Instagram. My followers urged me to continue writing and eventually blurbs turned into longer blurbs, which turned into short stories, which eventually turned into full-blown novels.
It has acted as a way for me to control my anxiety and panic disorder, to create a world where I have control over the characters and their outcomes. However, when I have writer’s block or when my life feels like it’s crumbling around me, not being able to write has become a source of anxiety in itself.
Who is your favorite author and what have you learned from him or her.
-I have several. I would say my two favorites are Roald Dahl and Haruki Murakami and although they are vastly different thinkers, I think it’s safe to say that their use of detail and the propensity towards the strange are a never-ending abyss of unique excitement.
I also think it’s important to mention that even though writers have inspired my own writing, I’d say I get most of my inspiration from film. And Quentin Tarantino’s plot-structuring and use of dialogue mixed with Wes Anderson’s aesthetics seem to resonate pretty deeply with me.
What book of yours would you recommend a person who hasn’t heard of you before?
–Aerial. It’s my favorite.
If you were to act and live like any famous personality, who would you choose?
-Harry Styles. I’m not sure if this question literally means diplomats or can extend to anyone in the limelight, but the way that Harry treats people with an air of soft calmness and carries himself in the public eye is incredibly influential to me. Not to mention his style, which over time has begun to shape my own.
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?
-It’s kind of a mess, honestly. When I get an idea for a story, I outline it roughly and then begin writing the story out of order as the scenes come to me. Inspiration strikes me the strongest when my mind is occupied with something else, like teaching, conversations with friends, watching films, walking my dog and listening to music.
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I have to stop what I’m doing and write an idea down or it’ll itch my brain until I get it out. I also scribble notes on random scraps of paper or on the notes app on my phone to sort through later, filling them in on my rough outline. The part of writing that gives me the most anxiety is going back and organizing everything, then filling in those blank spots to make chapters complete. It takes a big toll on me, but I haven’t been able to break from that cycle just yet. I’m unsure if I ever will.
What was the worst mistake you made in your journey and how will aspiring writers prevent the same from happening to them?
-Being hard on myself. Aspiring writers: be nice to you. Writing is hard. My best advice is to keep doing it, every single day, even if it’s just a sentence. And just know that writer’s block will come and when it does, just let it be. That’s your brain talking to you and asking you to refill the tank with some new ideas.
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?
-In my opinion, since I write contemporary romance, the lead female (if there is one) needs to be likeable and relatable. This means admitting when she is wrong, allowing space for her character to grow and shaping her as a badass who won’t allow herself to be walked on. Feebleness is a character trait is all too common for fictional women in romance. I personally know a lot of women and very few of them take much shit.
The most important part of a story (that I’m writing) is conflict; making sure both characters are advocated for and the reader is walked through their mental process. This creates a sense of conflict within the reader at times, not knowing who to side with, especially when they can understand the credibility of where the character is coming from. This also acts a process the reader can bring with them into the real world. An exercise in empathy, both for themselves and others, if you will.
Are you happy about where you are as a writer? Do you sometimes want more attention or less?
-I’m happy! I would be content with any achievements that come my way. I would love to publish in the future, if only to be able to hold the book in my own hands.
What was the most exciting and exasperating moment for you in your journey and how have you coped with disappointment?
-Struggling with writer’s block. It can feel like I’m letting my readers down, since I post chapter by chapter and have an audience who is waiting for me to produce. But they’ve shown me time and time again that they are a patient bunch and are always happy to reassure me to take my time.
That stress of not producing fast enough or big enough is very American and it’s not physically or emotionally healthy to put a price on creativity. That doesn’t always stop me from giving myself a hard time though.
What does success look like to you in this position? What new projects are you working on and when should we be expecting them?
-Publishing hard copies of Aerial. Right now, I’m solely working on finishing up the epilogues for Aerial as well as editing it to pitch to publishers. After that, I have a couple story ideas kicking around, but we’ll have to see what the future holds.
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What do you see as the most challenging aspect of this job and how do you overcome them?
-Canceling out the noise. The internal and external noise. I try my hardest to follow intuition and surround myself with people who are supportive and patient.
When how did you master the courage to share your skill with the rest of the world and what were the first reactions you received? How do you face the negativity and hate?
-For the most part, my books are received positively. I face the negativity and hate by reminding myself that no matter what, especially as one’s work garners more attention, there is no way of stopping it. Especially because not everyone is going to like everything and not everyone has to like everything. That’s the point of life, having different interests and opinions. It’s completely fine, because it has to be. Just tune it out and keep moving, while holding on to those who remind you of your worth.
Rank the various characters in your book:
I. The most annoying and most likely to get killed by you.
Russell Buchanan. He’s a misogynistic, money-grubbing, power-hungry psychotic.
II. The one you might have a relationship with, that is if they were real.
Sunny is my dream man. Nettie is my dream woman.
III. The most adventurous or badass.
Cherry is the ultimate badass, because she doesn’t even realize how badass she is. She just does it without trying.
Rank your stories:
I. The one you enjoyed writing.
Aerial, even though it has driven me to the brink of insanity several times, it’s also the one that has brought me the most joy.
II. The one most likely to get an award.
Aerial. It’s the most precious.
III. The story you’ll give up if your life depended on it.
Verboten. Lots of people like it, but that’s the one I’m the least attached to. It was also one of the easiest for me to write. It took about two months, whereas Aerial has taken two years.
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?
-My work seemed to spread mostly by word of mouth, both on Instagram and Twitter.
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Do you ever consider luck, your gender, ethnicity or race as a helping factor in your success?
-As a white woman, I am aware that I have less to overcome than a Black man or woman in order to garner success. My privilege puts me in the position of not having to speak over my skin color in order to be heard. I believe this to be true for all professions in The United States, as well as a myriad of other places in the world.
So, there is luck within that and I’m not blind to it. I do hope that with the awareness rising around race problems in the U.S. that it helps to elevate Black voices, both in the arts and in academics, because it’s long overdue for all of us to be diversifying the narratives that we are exposed to.
I. Which mobile game do you like to play most?
I don’t play any mobile games.
II. Which movie or story would you gladly live in and why?
Honestly, Aerial. I created a world that I would love to live in. Either that or in The Birdcage as Robin Williams and Nathan Lane’s honorary adopted child. Agador Spartacus and I could dance barefoot to Gloria Estefan all day.
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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!!!!