SST: Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

Nice Try Jane Sinner

I’m so excited for this book! Keep reading to check out my interview with the author, Lianne Oelke.

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Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke
Published by: Clarion Books
Publication date: January 9, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

It’s Kind of a Funny Story meets Daria in the darkly hilarious tale of a teen’s attempt to remake her public image and restore inner peace through reality TV. 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.

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Interview With the Author:

Describe your book in 5 words

LO: Reality TV, college, existential angst


What’s your favorite character you’ve ever written?

LO: Jane, of course! The story is told through her journal, and it was so fascinating to write all the intimate, weird, selfish, and vulnerable thoughts Jane couldn’t say out loud.


When did you first want to be a writer and what did your journey to professional writing look like?

LO: I was never one of those kids who grew up wanting to be a writer: I honestly thought I wasn’t good enough. It wasn’t until I wrote for fun- starting with a journal I kept through university- that I thought about taking it seriously. Once the concept for NICE TRY, JANE SINNER hooked me, I was determined to make the whole author thing happen. I wrote in secret for many years because I didn’t want anyone to know if I failed (my parents didn’t know I ever considered writing a book until I told them I had a publishing deal). After three or so years of writing off and on, I spent two years trying to get an agent. Like many authors, I got rejection after rejection. One thing that kept me going was the support of my friend and early beta reader, Becky Albertalli. I figured if someone who knew how to write incredible YA believed in my manuscript, there must be something there. Eventually I signed with Becky’s agent, Brooks. After a few months of revisions, we went on submission and received an offer quickly!


What books have influenced you as a writer?

LO: I grew up reading mostly fantasy, but the one contemporary YA that really inspired me is ALICE, I THINK by Susan Juby. Like JANE SINNER, it’s also set in Canada and told though journal entries. It’s so real and hilarious and weird! 

What are you currently reading?

LO: OATHBRINGER by Brandon Sanderson. It’s the third book in the incredible Stormlight Archive series, and it’s exactly the kind of intricate world I want to spend hours losing myself in.


Can you share with us anything about what you’re working on now?

LO: It’s a YA fantasy inspired by saga-age Iceland. Think vikings, volcanos, and witchcraft.

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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. Visit her online at and on Twitter @lianneoelke.

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