Hello, friends! Today, I am here with an interview with the author of Nice Try, Jane Sinner, the one and only Lianne Oelke. It is safe to say that this is one of my most awaited novels of 2018, so, of course, I was pumped to have the chance of asking the author about her personal and professional life, as well as the book itself.
(Also, yes, Ruzi and I are still on a hiatus! However, this post was supposed to go up before that, but had to be delayed.)
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.
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.Website Twitter Goodreads
What is one fact about you that usually surprises people?
Lianne: My hair stays in braids without elastics.
I read that you have worked in the film industry. Could you share a little bit about the kind of projects you worked on?
Lianne: A couple TV shows and lots of low budget, made-for-TV movies, many of them about Christmas. Needless to say, by the time Christmas rolls around, I'm already sick of it! I work in post production as an assistant editor, so my job is a mix of technical (setting up the project, helping get the footage from on set into the editor's computer, uploading the cut for directors/ producers to view), and creative (small visual effects, temp sound and music).
I also saw that you enjoy camping, what has been your absolute favorite camping destination so far?
Lianne: I spent a few weeks camping in Iceland, which was pretty spectacular (if cold)! My boyfriend and I did a 6 day trek through the remote Westfjords. Overall, though, I think the best camping I've done is here in British Columbia. This summer we did a lot of camping by boat: kayaking in Haida Gwaii (islands off BC's northern coast), and canoeing in Bowron Lakes (in central BC). It got buggy at times, but the views were well worth it.
Early reviews have described Jane as smart and witty, someone with a dry sense of humor - was she based on someone you know in real life?
Lianne: Jane is a concentrated version of myself. By writing through Jane's journal, I was able to say all the weird, unflattering, and honest things Jane (and to some extent, myself) wishes she was brave enough to say out loud. Deep down, Jane is a self-conscious and insecure person. She uses sarcasm as a defense mechanism to avoid facing her own darkness. I wrote down anything that made myself laugh, so I'm glad other people can relate to my strange sense of humour!
As a 2018 debut author yourself, could you recommend some other debuts readers should look out for?
Lianne: Absolutely! YOU'LL MISS ME WHEN I'M GONE by Rachel Lynn Solomon is an amazing contemporary YA about two sisters struggling with the disease tearing their family apart. LOVE, HATE, AND OTHER FILTERS by Samira Ahmed, AMERICAN PANDA by Gloria Chao, BLOOD WATER PAINT by Joy McCullough, A GIRL LIKE THAT by Tanaz Bhathena, and FAT GIRL ON A PLANE by Kelly deVos all sound INCREDIBLE.
Who is one author, dead or alive, you would love to co-write a book with?
Lianne: Becky Albertalli, hands down.
Thank you so much for answering my questions, and being here with us today!
Lianne: Thank you so much for having me!
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