Spotlight on AMERICA’S NEXT REALITY STAR by Laura Heffernan


Twenty-four-year-old Jen Reid had her life in good shape: an okay job, a tiny-cute Seattle apartment, and a great boyfriend almost ready to get serious. In a flash it all came apart. Single, unemployed, and holding an eviction notice, who has time to remember trying out for a reality show? Then the call comes, and Jen sees her chance to start over—by spending her summer on national TV.

Luckily The Fishbowl is all about puzzles and games, the kind of thing Jen would love even if she wasn’t desperate. The cast checks all the boxes: cheerful, quirky Birdie speaks in hashtags; vicious Ariana knows just how to pout for the cameras; and corn-fed “J-dawg” plays the cartoon villain of the house. Then there’s Justin, the green-eyed law student who always seems a breath away from kissing her. Is their attraction real, or a trick to get him closer to the $250,000 grand prize? Romance or showmance, suddenly Jen has a lot more to lose than a summer . . .


Character Interview – Getting to Know Jen Reid

What scares you the most and why?

What scares me the most is getting to the end of my life and finding that I regret the things I was too scared to try. I believe in living life to the fullest and seizing new opportunities as they present themselves. That’s why I decided audition for The Fishbowl.

Do you believe in destiny?

I do believe in destiny. It was pure chance that I happened to see the ad for The Fishbowl, and total luck that I was thinking about my debts when it scrolled by. If those random events hadn’t coincided, I never would have tried out, and the show changed my life. Destiny.

What is your favorite childhood memory?

My favorite childhood memory is going on road trips with my family. My mom would drive, while my brother Adam and I sat in the backseat together, doing Sudoku Wars. Mom would buy two copies of each book, and we’d compete to see who could finish the puzzles fastest.

I didn’t win until I was 11, but it was a good time.

A weekend camping in the woods or in a luxury hotel with a spa?

Either. I’m versatile, and usually up for new experiences. I’m not afraid to get dirty. Then again, the last luxury hotel I visited didn’t exactly leave me with the best memories, so maybe I should go camping next time.

What is your favorite TV show?

The Fishbowl, of course! If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it. It should be available on The Network’s website.

If you could change any one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?

Generally, I’m pretty happy with who I am. I wouldn’t mind being taller, though. It would be nice to be able to reach things on the top shelves without a stepstool.

If you won a paid vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?

When I got a paid vacation, I spent several weeks living in a house with strangers in Los Angeles. 😉 My next paid vacation is on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, courtesy of The Network. I’m incredibly grateful for this upcoming opportunity and looking forward to exploring new places while hanging out with my Fishbowl friends!

Are you an introvert or extrovert?

Definitely an extrovert. There aren’t a ton of introverts signing up to live in a house with a bunch of strangers for a few months. 😉 I love throwing parties, and I’m always the first person to introduce myself to new neighbors or coworkers. I love being around other people!

What is your favorite rainy day activity?

As mentioned above, I love Soduku. I’m a fan of other puzzles and board games as well. Nothing makes me happier than inviting friends over on a rainy day to play games and relax. I’m also super into escape rooms.

What personality traits do you most admire in others?

Honesty and loyalty. The Fishbowl taught me a lot about how important these traits are, not just in others, but in myself. I’d never have gotten to where I am today without finding honest, loyal people and learning to work with them.


About the Author

Laura Heffernan is living proof that watching too much TV can pay off. When not watching total strangers get married, drag racing queens, or cooking competitions, Laura enjoys travel, baking, board games, and new experiences. She lives in the Northeast with her amazing husband and two furry little beasts.

Find Laura at or She also spends far too much time tweeting about writing, junk food, and query contests at




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