Zoella has finally broken her silence over that ghost-writer furore.
The vlogger faced a huge backlash after it was revealed she’d had a little help writing her record-breaking debut novel Girl Online last year.
In fact, she received so many angry messages that she ended up quitting the internet for a while. And as a YouTuber, that’s a pretty big deal.
Now Zoella has opened up about how difficult she found the whole thing, telling You magazine: It was terrifying actually. One minute I was sitting in my bedroom with my viewers – and then all that.’
She also insists she never deliberately misled her fans, saying they were fully aware that others had contributed to the book.
Zoella – real name Zoe Sugg – continues: ‘It was well known among my viewers that I had an editorial consultant and an editor long before I even began writing the book.’
Despite the unpleasant situation, Girl Online still managed to become a serious success.
Not only is it a New York Times Best Seller in the Young Adult category, it was also the-fastest selling book of 2014 and broke the record for highest first week sales for a debut author.
Now Zoella has released a follow-up novel, entitled Girl Online: On Tour.
She admits that when she came to pen her first book, she was: ‘A bit like: “How is this done?”’ But this time, she sat down with her editor once a week.
The 25-year-old advises: ‘Never write when you don’t feel inspired. Also, I really like to work with music on.
‘If there was silence, I felt quite intimidated, so I’d put on something chilled such as Ed Sheeran. Let your imagination go a bit wild.
‘Sometimes I would think: “No, I couldn’t possibly write about that…” But you realise that you can.’
We can only imagine how successful it’ll be…