Ali Novak is a Wisconsin native and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s creative writing program. She started writing her debut novel My Life with the Walter Boys when she was only fifteen. Her work has received more than 150 million reads online.
When she isn’t writing, Ali enjoys Netflix marathons, traveling with her husband Jared, and reading any type of fantasy novel she can get her hands on. You can follow her on Wattpad, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat @fallzswimmer.
Hi. I’m Ali.
I’m quite positive that I’m terrible at writing bios, so I’ll start with the basics. I was born in 1991 in Brookfield, Wisconsin on Memorial Day. I have two younger siblings—my brother Jackie and sister Peyton—and I’m married to my high school sweetheart.
When I was fifteen I started writing my first full-length novel, My Life with the Walter Boys. When I finished, I wanted to share it with the world, but the thought of publishing my book never crossed my mind. Because let's be real—what publishing house would pick up a kid's rough draft manuscript? So I did what any millennial would do and googled how to share my story. That’s how I discovered Wattpad, an online reading and writing community. After working up the courage, I started posting my book to the website in 2010. That decision changed my life. My story became an instant hit, and since then, my collective work has been read more than 150 million times.
In 2013 Wattpad formed a partnership with the publishing company Sourcebooks, and I was offered a chance to publish my story. I will never forget the moment when I officially received my book deal for My Life with the Walter Boys. It happened when I was at work and after reading the email, I started bawling my eyes out. Like snot dripping down my face and everything. Very attractive. All my coworkers thought something terrible had happened when in reality I felt like all my dreams were coming true.
Since My Life with the Walter Boys, I've written two more books: The Heartbreakers and Paper Hearts, the first two stories in my Heartbreak Chronicles series. To read the rough draft version of my current project, you can follow me on Wattpad @fallzswimmer.