Remember Along España, that one KathNiel social serye that was all over Twitter last February?
We followed the thread of Jared and Avy’s love story from beginning to end, mostly marveling at how clever it was formatted. Recently, we got the chance to pick the brains of the girl behind it.
18-year-old Gwynette Saludes, known as Gwy to her friends and followers, has over 200,000 followers if you combine her personal and writing Twitter accounts (@gwyomi, @frostfambam, @4reuminct), and 112,000 on Wattpad as author @4reuminct. She’s even got a fanclub — the 1,084 member Facebook group description reads: “Areums are Ate Gwy’s beauties, supporting her all throughout is our duty and [sic] responsibilty.”
A hardcore KathNiel stan, Gwy got her start as a kid writing fanfiction on Wattpad as user @4reuminct. She’s since published seven KathNiel fanfics and six original stories on the platform, with one — an action/romance with royalty thrown into the mix — even picked up by the company that publishes Precious Hearts Romances.
Over email, we asked Gwy about life as a college freshman, how she began writing social seryes, and what she plans to write next.
Young STAR: How did you get into writing? Can you tell us about your journey as a writer, from your KathNiel fics on Wattpad, to your first published book, to Along España and your other social seryes?
Gwy Saludes: I started writing when I was only 12. Sikat ‘yung Wattpad at that time because of She’s Dating the Gangster ata. As a kid, I realized that I was looking for something more, and for something specific. I couldn’t find it so I decided to write it by myself. Unang readers ko mga kaklase ko lang. Dati, sa notebook ko lang siya sinusulat pinapasa-pasa lang sa classroom. Then, nilagay ko siya sa Wattpad. Then, little by little, I gained readers. Dumami sila bigla lalo na noong 2015. Then, I was contacted by some publishing houses and I published my first book. I was actually taking a break from writing Luminous Mystique of Anais on Wattpad when I decided to write Twitter seryes and somehow, it boomed.