amidst us the Wattpad sensation who
at the age of 17signed a three-book deal with the prestigious Random House
Publication House. And the adaptation of her book 'The Kissing Booth' has just released on NETFLIX, We are in conversation with Beth Reeks, where she talks about her story behind her writing
sensational stories and how she felt after being
named by Time magazine on a list of the 16 most influential teenagers in the
world alongside prominent personalities like Malala Yousafzai and Justin Bieber.
WordBite (TWB):People know you as a Wattpad
sensation, a role-model for the budding authors, but you are just in your
teens. Can you take us back to those days when you thought of writing a novel,
coping with your studies and assignments?
Beth: Writing was always just a hobby for me, something I
did after school to relax and for fun; I started posting one of my books (The
Kissing Booth) online because I figured, why not? I always kept writing and
school very separate, and thought maybe after university Id try and pursue a
writing career properly â but just after applying to do a Physics degree at
university, Random House offered me a book deal!
TWB:What was your feeling when at 17, you signed a
Beth: I still cant quite get my head
around it! Its the kind of thing I daydreamed about but never thought would
actually happen. I still love going into bookshops and seeing my stories there
on the shelves. I was over the moon when Random House first got in touch, and I
feel so lucky to have had this opportunity!
TWB:Why did you choose a pen-name for the novel?
Beth: At school, my friends gave me the nickname 'Reekles,
from my last name 'Reeks, as there were a few Beths in my group of friends.
When I signed up to Wattpad, I put Reekles as my username. Since most people
knew me as a writer under the name Reekles, it made sense to publish with
Random House under that penname, too.
TWB:We got know that none of your acquaintances knew that
you were writing a novel. What was their reaction, when they got to know about
Beth: My friends are really supportive of my writing, and they send me
photos if they see my book in a shop! When I went to university, I was a bit
nervous to tell my flatmates about it â I didnt want to seem like I was
bragging â but they found me online and found out about my books, and all the
girls in my flat have read The Kissing Booth now!
TWB:At such a young age, you are very busy. How do you keep
up with such a busy schedule?
Beth: I have endless to-do lists to keep myself on track
of everything I need to do, between writing up lecture notes, replying to
emails and Tweets, doing interviews, etc. Writing is still a hobby for me, so
Ive been able to keep that up in my down-time to work on my books, but Ive
had to sacrifice going out with friends or chilling out watching TV shows
sometimes to keep on top of everything.
TWB:And what was your reaction after being named by Time
magazine on a list of the 16 most influential teenagers in the world alongside
prominent personalities like Malala Yousafzai and Justin Bieber?
Beth: I couldnt believe it when the list
came out â I only saw it by chance in a Tweet, and screamed when I saw myself
on the list alongside so many other big names. I ran out into the kitchen to
tell some of my flatmates, woke some of them up to tell them, and then sent out
some messages and called my family to tell them.
TWB: Who was your inspiration in this writing journey?
Beth: I dont know that anyone in particular has inspired
me. I write because I like to, and I write the kind of books I like to read.
Ive always really admired J.K. Rowling though â she got rejected by publishers
about a dozen times and went through a lot in life, and shes an incredible
TWB:Amidst all those positive replies and fan mails all
throughout the days when your first book was being appreciated, was there any
bit of advice that you got from anyone, for your work, which you have emulated
Beth: The vast majority of responses to my work when I was
uploading on Wattpad were alone the lines of 'OMG please update! and 'Are you
going to do a sequel????, but Id take note if my readers liked a particular
character â Id write more scenes with that character. Or, if there was a
character they loved to hate, Id exaggerate some things that character did so
they could continue to love to hate them.
TWB: Can you give us a little sneak peak of your upcoming
books? What are you been working on?
Beth: Ive actually got a new book coming out on July 3rd!
Its called Out of Tune and its another teenage romance. Its the first novel
Ill have published that wasnt previously on Wattpad, so Im quite nervous to
see the reactions, but its still very exciting. Im also currently posting a
prequel to it, called Striking A Chord, on Wattpad. Aside from that, Im
working a little on a book I started posting to Wattpad last year, Sun Kissed,
but had to stop because I couldnt keep that up along with working on Out of
Tune and my university work!
TWB:What do you see doing other than writing books in near
Beth: Im going to finish my degree and then hopefully get
a job doing something Physics related, maybe in computing. Ill have to see
where I am with writing, but Id like to ideally at least get a part-time job
alongside being an author!
TWB:When was the last time you did something for the first
time? And what was it?
Beth: Last week I went to Canada for the first time, to
meet the Wattpad team and some other authors from there, which was really fun
and it was brilliant to meet everyone!
TWB: Your favorite Book(s)
Anna and the French Kiss; Just Listen; Harry Potter; Hush, Hush.
TWB: Your favorite Author(s)
Beth: Sarah Dessen, John Green, J.K.
Rowling, Malorie Blackman, Maureen Johnson
TWB: Describe yourself in three words
Beth:Creative, friendly and nerdy!
TWB:Thank you Beth for
this interview, we wish you a great life ahead. J