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  • Writer's pictureJen Trinh

Love in the Time of Corona

During this time, it's more important than ever to keep in touch and check in with one another, especially folks who live alone. I'm terrible at reaching out, but I legitimately want to know:

The author lifestyle has prepared me well for COVID-19. I'm used to staying at home for long periods of time, and to being socially isolated. Meanwhile, my husband is going stir-crazy and has been contemplating going buildering (bouldering, but on buildings) because all of the climbing gyms are closed. I've convinced him not to do it, but who knows how long it'll be before he snaps and sneaks out of the house with our crash pad.

In order to break the monotony of binge-watching anime and playing video games together, I've found some fun ways to change things up, which I thought I'd share.

If you're looking to hang with friends:

  • Play Jackbox games. We were able to play games with 8 total people, using a TV, Google Hangouts, and each of our phones.

  • Watch Netflix together. Terrible movies are better for bonding.

  • Form a book club! Maybe read Crushing on You as your first book 😉

Additional ideas for remote romantic partners:

  • Get creative with your dick pics. Applicable to any body part, really...boobs, name it!

  • Teledildonics. Yes, that's a real word.

  • Read my book aloud to one another. I know of at least one real couple that is actually doing this.

Also, some pickup lines that may come in handy:

  • Shelter in place? Your place or mine?

  • I practice social distancing because I want to flatten your curves.

  • Are you a member of the Senate? Because I'm pretty sure you'd approve of my stimulus package.

  • You can't touch my face, but you can touch something else!

  • You know how long you're supposed to wash your hands for? A lot longer than you'd think. Which is also how long I last in bed.

  • I'm an Ultra Charmin person, and I'd give my last roll of toilet paper to date you. (Yes, I know it's Charmin Ultra, not the other way around.)

Anyway, you're welcome.

Seriously, though, what is up with the toilet paper craze?

I also wanted to take this opportunity to answer a few FAQs that I've gotten over the past few months. Let me know if you have any other questions!

How are book sales going?

They've slowed, as I'm no longer focused on marketing and instead am cranking out book 2. So far, as of releasing in early December, I've sold 106 copies (paperback and Kindle), and I've had an additional 333 free downloads (during promotional periods). Profit-wise, that covered about four months of my climbing gym membership. I expect to see another bump in sales when book 2 is released, but I'd still appreciate it if you bought and sent a copy to each of your friends who might need some sexy entertainment! And if you've already read my book, reviews also help!

When's the next book coming out?

This summer. The goal was May 1, but I'll know more concretely once this first draft is complete. Trying to get it out as quickly as possible to help keep you entertained! Also because I'm excited for new projects that I've been thinking about...

Do you get turned on when you're writing sex scenes?

Absolutely. If they don't work for me, then why should I expect them to work for you? It is a bit difficult to write when semi-aroused (especially when out at a coffee shop), but really, it just gives me more to draw on.

How many words do you write each day?

I aim for 3,000, but these days, I average about 1,000. Check out this fun post about daily word counts from other famous authors. By those standards, I'm not doing too badly. (By my own standards, I suck.)

Again, feel free to reach out on social media (@jentrinhwrites) and let me know what you're up to or if you have any questions for me! Be well!


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