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Anna never thought she’d be an author. In fact, between her husband’s three deployments to Iraq, she worked a number of odd jobs – from a makeup counter to the IRS processing center. It wasn’t until 2013 that Anna combined her love of reading and One Direction to create After on Wattpad, a free social reading and writing app.
Every few days, Anna used Wattpad to publish a new installment to her book. Anna Todd’s After—which she originally wrote entirely on her phone as a hobby—is now being turned into a four-book series by Simon & Schuster, with the first installment released in October 2014.
Her fanfic love story swelled to over 2,500 pages and has been viewed more than a billion times. Yes, billion with a ‘b!’ and has more than 6 million comments (and counting!) Paramount Pictures has acquired the film rights to adapt the After story for the big screen.
The After Series tells the story of Tessa Young, an optimistic freshman at Washington State University, and the dark, troubled British bad boy who has stolen her heart.
Wattpad is the world’s largest community of readers and writers. It has connected over 40 million people around the world who share a love of reading and writing. Wattpad is a new storytelling experience that’s mobile and social. Wattpad stories are free.