Happy Friday and welcome to my stop on the Going Off Script blog tour!! I’m so excited because today I have an interview with the author, Jen Wilde! Read on to find out what inspired her to write this book, who her favorite character is to write, and enter a giveaway for a print copy of Going Off Script!!Going Off Script by Jen Wilde
Published by Swoon Reads on May 21, 2019
Genres: YA, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+
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A writer's room intern must join forces with her crush to keep her favorite television show from ruining a lesbian character in this fun diverse contemporary YA romance from the author of Queens of Geek.
Seventeen-year-old Bex is thrilled when she gets an internship on her favorite tv show, Silver Falls. Unfortunately, the internship isn't quite what she expected... instead of sitting in a crowded writer's room volleying ideas back and forth, Production Interns are stuck picking up the coffee.
Determined to prove her worth as a writer, Bex drafts her own script and shares it with the head writer—who promptly reworks it and passes it off as his own! Bex is understandably furious, yet...maybe this is just how the industry works? But when they rewrite her proudly lesbian character as straight, that's the last straw! It's time for Bex and her crush to fight back.
Jen Wilde's newest novel is both a fun, diverse love story and a very relevant, modern take on the portrayal of LGBT characters in media.
Interview with Jen
What inspired you to write Going Off Script?
The idea for this book started forming after my favorite queer character was killed on one of my favorite tv shows. It was one in a string of queer female characters killed off on many different shows, all around the same time. Fans were so frustrated with this that they launched #BuryYourGays online, and seeing that all unfold and grow into a powerful movement inspired this book.
Do you have any deleted scenes or subplots from the book you can share?
Nothing I can share, but I definitely wanted to write more script pages for Silver Falls to include that wouldn’t have made the cut.
Who is your favorite character from this book and why?
My favorite character is probably Parker. He’s hilarious, but he’s also a big sweetheart who cares fiercely for his family and friends, and is a strong source of wisdom and encouragement for Bex.
Who was the least fun character to write in this story and why?
The least fun character to write was Malcolm, because he just makes me so mad. He’s an arrogant, manipulative douche on a power-trip, and unfortunately I think most readers will know someone just like him.
What would you do if you spent the day with Bex? Where would you go to eat, hang out, relax, etc.?
Honestly, I’d probably just tag along with her while she worked, geeking out over the film sets, celebrity sightings and being able to witness TV magic happening right in front of me. Then we’d go to a bar in West Hollywood and hang out with all the other characters.
What would Bex’s favorite book be and why?
Probably Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour, it’s the perfect blend of romance, Hollywood and film set life that Bex loves.
About the Author
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. Her next book, THE BRIGHTSIDERS, comes out May 2018, and GOING OFF-SCRIPT releases Summer 2019.
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.