Hello everyone! Today, I am thrilled to have Lianne Oelke (author of Nice Try, Jane Sinner) on my blog as a part of Sunday Street Team! Nice Try, Jane Sinner was one of my most anticipated releases in 2018, and I’m so thrilled to be able to interview her. Without further ado, let’s get into the interview!
1. Have you always been a writer?
Nope! I grew up loving books, but I never thought I was smart or skilled enough to become an author. It turns out that effort is worth a lot more than innate talent when it comes to writing. One of the first things I wrote for myself was LOTR fanfic in the 8th grade. I started a handful of novels in university, but never followed through with them. JANE SINNER was different. Because the story is so personal (and hilarious, at least to myself), I found myself strangely motivated to see it through.
2. Which character was your favorite to write about?
Jane, of course! It was so much fun to be inside her head and witness her dry, biting, and selfish thoughts. Jane makes so many questionable decisions- I really admire her tenacity.
3. What about YA made you want to write for teens?
It’s what I grew up reading (and still read). I wrote JANE SINNER for myself, first and foremost. It’s the kind of story I needed as a young adult (dealing with loss of faith, college, and mental health), but didn’t see on bookshelves. There’s something so freeing about YA. Authors aren’t trying to impress their readers with flowery metaphors and over-the-top literary description. At the same time, (good) YA doesn’t hold back or talk down to teens. For young adults, everything is new and terrifying and wonderful- it makes for incredibly engaging and tightly paced stories. There’s also something timeless about stories that show teens trying to find themselves, because as an adult, I’m still trying to find myself.
4. What is your Hogwarts house?
I want to say Ravenclaw, but I’m more likely a RavenPuff.
5. What is Jane‘s Hogwarts house?
Jane also wants to say Ravenclaw, but she’s a Slytherin through and through.
6. Lastly, do you have any upcoming projects you’re allowed to discuss?
I’m working on a dark YA fantasy inspired by saga-age Iceland. Think volcanos, vikings, and witchcraft 😉
Thank you, Lianne Oelke, for the interview! I hope everyone enjoyed reading her responses!
Purchase Nice Try, Jane Sinner
It’s Kind of a Funny Story meets Daria in the darkly hilarious tale of a teen’s attempt to remake her public image and restore inner peace through reality TV. The only thing 17-year-old Jane Sinner hates more than failure is pity. After a personal crisis and her subsequent expulsion from high school, she’s going nowhere fast. Jane’s well-meaning parents push her to attend a high school completion program at the nearby Elbow River Community College, and she agrees, on one condition: she gets to move out.
Jane tackles her housing problem by signing up for House of Orange, a student-run reality show that is basically Big Brother, but for Elbow River Students. Living away from home, the chance to win a car (used, but whatever), and a campus full of people who don’t know what she did in high school… what more could she want? Okay, maybe a family that understands why she’d rather turn to Freud than Jesus to make sense of her life, but she’ll settle for fifteen minutes in the proverbial spotlight.
As House of Orange grows from a low-budget web series to a local TV show with fans and shoddy T-shirts, Jane finally has the chance to let her cynical, competitive nature thrive. She’ll use her growing fan base, and whatever Intro to Psychology can teach her, to prove to the world—or at least viewers of substandard TV—that she has what it takes to win.
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Nice-Try–Jane-Sinner/9780544867857
About The Author
Lianne Oelke holds a degree in philosophy and works in the film industry. She resides in Vancouver, and Nice Try, Jane Sinner is her first book. Visit her online at lianneoelke.com and on Twitter @lianneoelke.
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