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Jen: The Brightsiders stars Emmy, a teen drummer in the hit band The Brightsiders. When a night of partying lands her in hospital and turns her into the latest celebrity train wreck, Emmy has to battle her demons — and her parents — before she can pick up the pieces of her life. But when she starts to have feelings for her best friend and lead singer, Alfie, she finds herself in a whole new mess of trouble.

Jen: Is it weird if I say fandom … and rage? My latest books have been sparked by my love of pop culture, fandom and queerness, but also by my anger at the lack of positive representation of marginalized folks in media. In other words, my books are basically love letters to the things I adore and middle fingers to the things that piss me off! And of course, I write things that I want to read and wished I’d had when I was growing up.


Jen: I have a few tricks up my sleeve that work … sometimes. Going back and reading over my outline and character descriptions can spark inspiration. It helps to find the scene I’m most excited to write, then dive into that. It often means I’m writing scenes and chapters out of order, but it all gets sewed together in the end. But if those tricks don’t work, sometimes it’s best to step away from my computer for a while and do something else — even if that just means watching a movie or Netflix. But the whole time, the story will be in the back of my mind, waiting for that one spark to get it going again.

Jen: I’m definitely a plotter. Before I write anything, I come up with an outline that lists all the major plot points, often with a lot of detail and even some lines of dialogue. Then as I start writing, I have a scene/chapter outline ready to follow. But having those outlines doesn’t mean I need to stick to them. I often get ideas as I’m writing that take the characters in new directions — it all depends on what feels right for the story. So it’s not unusual for the final draft to be completely different from the original outline, but having that outline as a guide, or a map, is essential for me.

Jen: The last show I binged was Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I’d heard amazing things about it for years but only recently found time to sit and watch it — and I’m so glad I did! I live for Captain Holt and Rosa Diaz, and as a huge movie buff, I always love Jake’s Die Hard references.

Jen: Before I sit down to write a book, I make a Spotify playlist for it. The songs I choose depend on the story I want to tell, the characters I’m writing about and whatever music I’m really feeling at that time. Right now, as I write Going Off-Script, I’m listening to a lot of Hayley Kiyoko, Janelle Monáe, Harry Styles and Bleachers.

Jen: I’m currently working on a queer YA called Going Off-Script. It’s about a teen who scores the TV-writing internship of her dreams, but when her boss rewrites her lesbian character as straight, she and the actress launch a #DontHideYourGays campaign against the studio and fall for each other along the way.

As a rock star drummer in the hit band The Brightsiders, Emmy King’s life should be perfect. But there’s nothing the paparazzi love more than watching a celebrity crash and burn. When a night of partying lands Emmy in hospital, she’s branded the latest tabloid train wreck.

Luckily, Emmy has her friends and bandmates, including the super-swoonworthy Alfie, to help her pick up the pieces of her life. She knows hooking up with a band member is exactly the kind of trouble she should be avoiding, and yet Emmy and Alfie Just. Keep. Kissing.