Corrine has a secret. Admitting her love for K-Pop would be social suicide, but when her favorite singer, Minji, starts coming to her school she develops feelings deeper than a celebrity crush. Now she must decide between revealing the truth, or losing Minji forever.
Will Corrine reveal her secret, or keep her secret shrouded and let this opportunity pass her by? Today Jennie Bennett, has agreed to chat with me today about some of the secrets within the pages of her novel ‘Undercover Fan’. Jennie, thanks for coming out from uncover to discuss a little of this K-Pop influenced story. It must have been fun to work within the world of K-Pop fandom. What was the most fun aspect of getting into this tale?
It was a lot of fun to write. I love to laugh and make others laugh, too, so every awkward moment was my favorite.
Those quirky little moments really define your characters. Would you have a cast party with the characters in your book if they could come to life so that you could see these quirks first hand?
Oh, heck yes! That would be a blast.
I think that it would also be a blast if the characters could come to light on the screen. Who would your first choices of cast be if they were to put your book to life?
BTS’s Jimin as Minji, no doubt. As for Corrine, I have no idea.
Maybe an unknown would be a good selection; I feel that it would be a first early role for an emerging actor. Other than playing and enjoying the wonderful world of K-Pop, what was the most important thing that you hope readers take from this tale?
I wanted to let people know that it’s okay to be themselves. It’s okay to like things that are different, and to be true to who you are at your core.
I always find it intriguing that so many people have trouble being who they really are at their core, but I hope this story gives more support to those struggling with the challenges of being themselves. What’s next in your writing plans? Have you start working on any new projects to fill the gap left by ‘Undercover Fan’?
I have my hand in a few projects. I’m working on a YA Fantasy that I’ll be submitting traditionally. Sometime this year I’ll release one final book in this series then I’m going to start working on my first-full length romance novel release.
Goodness, you’re going to be busy! I wish the best of luck with both your independent and traditionally published endeavours. With so many writing projects on the go, do you find that are writing detailed notes to keep all of your stories straight within your mind? And do you know where each of these tales are going to end before you start writing?
I map out a very basic outline that tends to change as I go along. I try to follow certain plot points, but most of the time I’m winging it.
Do you find that writer’s block interferes often with your style of winging it?
Usually my writer’s block isn’t a block as much as it’s a crippling fear that everything is terrible, or I can’t do it. The only way for me to get through that is to keep pushing even when it’s hard.
I feel that with this novel being heavily influenced by the K-Pop screen that I might know the answer to this question, but I’d just like to double check, do you find that any types of music keeps you pushing through the difficult stages?
K-Pop. I don’t think that needs to be said. But I do have a Spotify playlist for each of my books. Reach out to me if you’d like a link.
Multiple Spotify playlists are great ideas. Other than getting in and embracing K-Pop music when you work, what is your best tip for authors?
Find friends in the industry. Learn as much as you can. Never quit.
With friends in the industry you may never want to quit! Before I let you retire from our little tête-à-tête today, I am hoping that you can spend a touch of time in our tantalising quick fire questions. We’ll start with: Are you a valuable asset on a quiz team?
What is your zodiac sign?
Have you ever danced in the rain?
Yes! Houston rainstorms are the best!
I hope that you can hear the K-Pop in your head when you’re dancing! Are you an introvert or extrovert?
And finally, what is your favourite flavor of ice-cream?
Vanilla, because you can add stuff to make it whatever flavor you want.
Sweet and smart, I like it! Jennie, thanks for spending a little time dipping into your novel with me today. I hope that you find some great new K-Pop tunes to keep you motivated at your writing desk in the future, and I wish you the best of luck with your promotion of ‘Undercover Fan’.
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