The Jock and the Fat Chick by Nicole Winters


The Jock and the Fat Chick


Nicole Winters

Debut Romance Novel  *  250 pages  *  HarperCollins


YA / NA. Mild swearing. No explicit sex.

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No one ever said high school was easy. In this hilarious and heartwarming debut, one high school

senior has to ask himself how much he’s willing to give up in order to fit in.

Kevin seems to have it all: he’s popular, good looking, and on his way to scoring a college hockey

scholarship. However, he’s keeping two big secrets. The first is that he failed an assignment and is

now forced to take the most embarrassing course ever–domestic tech. The second is that he is

falling for his domestic tech classmate, Claire.

As far as Kevin is concerned, Claire does have it all: she’s funny, smart, beautiful, and confident. But

she’s off-limits. Because Kevin knows what happens when someone in his group dares to date a girl

who isn’t a cheerleader, and there’s no way he is going to put himself—or Claire—through that.

But steering clear of the girl of his dreams is a lot harder than Kevin thought…especially when a

cooking project they are paired together for provides the perfect opportunity for things to heat up

between them outside the classroom….


I raise an eyebrow, letting her know I’m listening, but I’m not sure where she’s going with


“I tell you what to do and say around Mrs. A, and that way I keep my A and you can pass this


I consider Claire’s offer. On the one hand, I don’t like her calling me a dumb jock. On the

other, she’s amazingly good at cooking and needs to keep her grades high, which means if I do what

she says, I’ll pass too. I’ve got nothing to lose, so I nod.

“Okay,” I say.

She gives me this big warm smile, like I’ve made her day.

“Good.” She motions to the fish. “Keep flaking.”

I respond with a “Yes, Coach,” as a lighthearted way of sealing our deal.

When I’m done flaking, Claire adds the fish to the thick rice mixture and then stirs, making

my mouth water. It looks and smells incredible. There must be a million grams of carbs in there. If I

ate all that, I’d slip into a carb coma.

Claire pulls a large wooden spoon from the drawer and then offers it to me. “Want to


She’s surprised when I shake my head, like I have no clue what I’ve turned down.

“Ugh,” she says. “Don’t tell me you’re one of those carb-counting gym rats.”

I make a face. “I hate the term ‘gym rat’; it makes me sound greasy.”

“True.” Claire sizes me up and then adds, “And you’re definitely not greasy.”

Hey, did she just check me out?

“Okay, how’s ‘don’t tell me you’re one of those carb-counting fitness bunnies’?”

I grunt, amused.

“I bet you work out twice a day,” she goes on, stirring the risotto, “and you eat nothing but

skinless chicken and steamed broccoli.”

I shrug.

She bobs her head, like she’s confirming something. “Yeah, you look like a guy who denies

himself pleasure….”

An unexpected rush of heat spreads across my face. “Well, if you want six-pack abs, there’s

got to be sacrifices.”

Claire glances at my stomach, and even though she can’t see anything under my shirt and

apron, she turns her gaze away and smiles, big.

That was definitely a check-me-out move.


Author Bio:

Nicole Winters:

Born into a literary family.

Could write before speaking.

Spent childhood in sunshiny green meadows devouring highbrow literary works.


More like she was told that C-average, learning disabled students couldn’t possibly grow up to be


Nicole proved them wrong.







English B.A. from the University of Toronto. Loves cats, books, horror films, globe hopping and

home-baked cookies. Had once been spotted wearing a sundress.

Cool dudes and motorcycles: TT Full Throttle

Hot guys and romance: The Jock And The Fat Chick

Nicole is currently at work on her third book involving magic called, The Conjurer.

Social Media Links:


Twitter: @nicolewintersya

Facebook: The Jock and the Fat Chick

Facebook: Nicole Author Page

1. No fancy-pants education required.

I was self-taught. I might have a B.A. in English, but they certainly didn’t teach me the mechanics of

storytelling. That was my own doing and here’s how I did it: I read how-to books (like Syd Field’s


WRITER’S JOURNEY), analyzed stories and movies and wrote a short film which was produced by

Hart House’s New Filmmaker’s Club. From there, I wrote a feature film with my friend, Stephen

Geigen-Miller, just to see if we could do it. We decided to use pre-existing characters so that we could

concentrate on story structure. Our movie was called MUPPETS: MISSION IMPROBABLE. (And yes,

we still think it’s the greatest Muppet movie never made.)

My point is, if you want to write stories, don’t let a certificate, diploma or a degree stop you. All it takes

is passion, research and effort.

2. Don’t give the first draft power over you.

I call my first draft a “dawg’s breakfast” because that way, it doesn’t get the best of me. I’ve known

some writers who want to perfect everything on their first try. Any obstacle that gets in their way halts

their progress until they’re so overwhelmed and exhausted, they give up. (As an aside, I’ve heard

stories of people workshopping their first chapter, rewriting it and then signing up for another class to

workshop the same chapter and rewriting it (and rinse and repeat) only to never get it finished.

If I don’t know the technical word for something in my story, I put ‘TK’ and move on. ‘TK’ is my

shorthand for ‘technical and I’ll get back to it later’. If I come up with an idea for a scene but I don’t

know all the details except for where I want my character to be when it’s over, I’ll jot down a rough

sketch and move on. The idea is to keep the flow going, to mess around on the page, try things, take

chances, make mistakes. It’s all good. This is the time for pure creative thought, no editors or critics

allowed. Don’t turn it into work until it has to be; that’s what the other four to five drafts are for.

You’ve heard the phrase ‘Birds of a feather will flock together’? It’s true. Make sure you leave the

house once in a while and seek out the company of other writers. It’s a great way to share ideas and

exchange knowledge about the craft and the business. Try starting your own writers group. Ours is

called Nachos and Narratives, because who doesn’t like nachos? (If you do call your group by the

same name, please let me know so we can raise a nacho chip in your honor.)

Writers are just good people. They’re some of the nicest, funniest, most generous folks I know.



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