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.
Lianne lives in Vancouver, BC. A mere three years of working in the film industry has left her far more jaded, bitter, and misanthropic than she could have dreamed possible. Having worked on one too many made-for-TV movies featuring the mild romantic antics of generically attractive white people, she’s taken it upon herself to push back with some pretty substandard stories of her own.
Besides books, her three great passions in life are cats, craft beer, and camping. When she’s not working, Lianne likes to take off, eh in her ‘83 camper van. She maintains a steady hate/ love relationship with hiking, but is always up for exploring British Columbia- whatever it takes to find a nice spot to set up her hammock. Her hammock is her favorite place in the world.
What is on your nightstand?
Treats and water for my cat, an empty Sour Wine Gums bag, an empty Earl Grey chocolate bar wrapper, my old phone, lip balm, and ODDITY by Sarah Cannon.
What author would you totally fan?
I’m a big Becky Albertalli fangirl (and I think she already knows this). Not only is Becky an amazing author who writes totally relatable characters, but she’s also a genuinely lovely, encouraging, and thoughtful person.
What makes you cringe?
Outdated slang passed off as modern in YA. Country music. Mushrooms.
Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
NICE TRY, JANE SINNER was very much a go with the flow novel. Since it’s structured as a journal, I’d write whatever I felt like, then swap journal entries around. The plot came after.
Is there a word you love to use?
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