Queens of Geek
By: Jen Wilde
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: March 14th, 2017
When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.
Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Jason Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.
While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.
Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.
1) If you emptied out your purse, wallet, desk drawer, pockets, backpack, beach bag, saddle bag, or fanny pack, what would we find?
My handbag currently contains: my wallet, gloves (because it’s freezing in New York), Maybelline Fit Me powder, a powder brush, ColourPop lipstick, tissues, subway pass, headphones, and vintage Back to the Future collectible movie cards that I just bought at a store in Brooklyn.
2) What is your writing process? Are you a plotter or a panster?
I am most definitely a plotter! I can spend weeks plotting out a story before I start writing. Usually, I start with an idea of the main characters and the story, and then plan out the plot points until I have an outline. But once I start writing, new ideas or twists always appear on the page to steer the story in different directions, and I go with it.
3) What is your number one writing tip?
I think the most helpful thing to remember for me as a writer is to write what you want to read. Something else I try to stay aware of when I’m writing is whether I’m excited about the scene I’m working on. If I’m not excited about at least some aspect of it, then I work with it until I am. I remember someone saying once that if you, as a writer, aren’t excited about a scene, then chances are the reader won’t be either. I know that advice might not work for everyone, but for me it helps a lot.
4) Describe your book in 5 words or less
Geeky. Fun. Honest. Adorkable. Swoonworthy.
5) What are some “fun facts” you can share about the characters from your book or the world you created for it that may or may not have made it to the final draft of the book?
The only fun fact I can think of is that in the original draft, Reese’s name was Jace. We changed it because it was too similar to Jamie, one of the main characters. Sometimes I still accidentally call him Jace *facepalm*.
6) Do you have a special story behind your inspiration for the book?
About a year before I wrote Queens of Geek, I went to my first fan convention. It was the most fun I’d had in a long time, and I felt like I really fit in there. But it wasn’t until Holly, an editor at Swoon Reads, wrote a post for the Swoon Says blog about her trip to San Diego Comic Con that I thought about how fun it would be to set a book there. Her photos and stories about the panels she saw and all the cosplay fun just seemed like the best setting for a YA novel.
7) Who was your favorite character to write and who gave you the most trouble?
Taylor is very close to my heart, as we share a lot of similarities. In a weird way, writing Taylor helped me work through my own experiences of anxiety and fears.
The character who gave me the most trouble was Reese, because he just made me so mad! And it took some time to write him in a way that showed how toxic masculinity played a part in him being the way he is, without excusing his behaviour.
8) If you could ask a character of your choice from QUEENS OF GEEK one question what would it be?
I would probably ask Charlie for advice on how to follow your heart even when it feels like the whole world is telling you not to.
Whoa, that just got deep.
9) What scene from the book are you most proud of (because of how you handled the atmosphere, characters, dialogue, etc)?
I’m particularly proud of the scene where Charlie tells Reese that she’s bisexual. It was added in a later draft, after I had a very similar conversation with a friend. Charlie’s response is the one I wish I had been able to say.
10) Is there a scene that you had difficulty with and just had to “power through” to finish the book?
It took a bit of wrangling to rewrite the scenes near the end of the book. It was different from the original draft and required some reorganizing of the timeline, and with two POVs that became quite confusing to figure out. But once I found my rhythm I was super excited about the new ending.
11) What is next for you? What are your currently working on?
I’m currently working on a YA rockstar romance about a teen band dealing with fame, friendship and love in the spotlight. I’m really excited about it and can’t wait to reveal more!
Jen Wilde is a writer, geek and fangirl with a penchant for coffee, books and pugs. She writes YA stories about zombies (AS THEY RISE), witches (ECHO OF THE WITCH) and fangirls (QUEENS OF GEEK). Her debut series reached over three million reads online and became an Amazon bestseller.
When she’s not writing, Jen loves binge-watching her favorite shows on Netflix, eating pizza, traveling to far away places and going to conventions in Marty McFly cosplay.
Jen lives in a sunny beachside town in Australia with her husband and their cheeky pug, aptly named Heisenberg.
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