June SST: Interview with The Way to Game the Walk of Shame Author Jenn P. Nguyen

Sunday, June 26, 2016
The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary
Release Date: June 7, 2016

About The Way to Game the Walk of Shame (via Goodreads):

Taylor Simmons is screwed.

Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.

Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it’s better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.


Alexandra: Do you prefer to outline your characters/plots/etc. first, or do you just start writing once you get an idea?
I’m a crazy outliner. Before I start writing, I always have to have a detailed chapter outline of the entire plot as well as character profiles. The character profiles usually starts with a picture and from there I just build on the history, personality, and relationships. Searching for pictures is usually my favorite part of the outlining and what I do first. It helps me work through the story better when I can visualize the characters like in a movie.

A: What is the hardest part about being an author? The easiest?
The easiest part of being an author is knowing that your novel will be on bookshelves. Something that used to just be ideas in your head. That all your hard work and dreams are actually coming true and people will be reading your book. On the other hand, that’s also the hardest part of being an author. There are expectations now. You can’t just write when you feel like it. And there will be people reading your book. Strangers, critics, bloggers (although bloggers are awesome :) ).

A: If you were stuck on a deserted island with one of your characters, who would you want with you and why?
Would it be wrong of me to want Evan to be with me? Lol He is a surfer after all and he’s just so easy on the eyes.

A: If you had to write a book in a different genre, what genre would you choose and why?
I would LOVE to write an epic fantasy someday just because I find that genre so daunting and scary. My weakness is definitely worldbuilding and anything is possible in a fantasy. The options are limitless! The air you breathe could be used for currency or poison. People can live on clouds. Flowers could someday build an army and conquer the world. Okay, well, maybe not. But I definitely write better with a bit of structure and rules.

A: Are you currently working on any writing projects?
I’m actually bouncing back and forth between two other YA contemporary romances that are in the same universe as THE WAY TO GAME THE WALK OF SHAME. They aren’t necessarily sequels, but characters from THE WAY TO GAME do pop up from time to time!

A: What are some of your favorite books?
All the Harry Potter books. They’re just so amazing and magical. I also love all the books by Stephanie Perkins. They’re just so romantic and fun. A perfect way to spend a couple of free hours that leave you with a content satisfied feeling.

About the Author:
Jenn Nguyen fell in love with books in third grade and spent the rest of her school years reading through lunchtime and giving up recess to organize the school library. She has a degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans and still lives in the city with her husband. Jenn spends her days reading, dreaming up YA romances, and binge watching Korean dramas all in the name of 'research'. The Way to Game the Walk of Shame is her debut novel.

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