Introducing Joan Jackson, author | In the Spotlight Interview

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In the Spotlight with Joan Jackson

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Welcome to Second Run Reviews, Joan Jackson! Thank you for being In the Spotlight. I appreciate you stopping by and answering a few questions. So let’s get things started.

In a tweet (140 characters or less), tell us a bit about yourself.

 

 

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I studied in Grenoble, France, taught secondary school French in Ohio, moved to Oregon and exported lumber to Tahiti (because I spoke French). I like getting older because now I rule.

 

 

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Please tell a bit about your journey to becoming a published author. What’s been the best things about it and the worst?

 

 

 

author interview joan jackson

I started writing because I was miserable. My second marriage (1992) dragged me out of Oregon to LA and within 5 years my teenage son became a heroin addict. So, I was miserable. So, I took short story classes @ UCLA. I become so absorbed in writing that I have no awareness of time passing. A first. A professor suggested I write a novel. After 10 years, I published my first novel, Voluntary Chaos.

The best things: people connecting to my work, relating to the characters and disappointed when the book ends—they want more. Social media.

The worst thing: marketing & the demands of social media.

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Tell us a bit about your latest release. What inspired you to write it? Why should fans of Second Run Reviews consider reading it.

 

 

 

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Based on a true story, Just in Time reveals a first-hand account of the day-to-day roller coaster of life with a schizophrenic, my 48-year-old brother, after the death of our parents. Unable to live alone in our family home in Ohio, my youngest brother & I had to find someone to live with him since we live 2000 miles away in LA. This story begins when my sister-in-law moves in with my brother—virtual strangers thrown together out of necessity.I was inspired to write the story when my brother once asked, “How come you always get here just in time.”

Not only is it informative, heartfelt, and humorous, my novel creates a deeper, more compassionate understanding of the mentally ill and the families who deal with it. With one in five afflicted with mental illness, it’s a pervasive, cultural issue where we all can learn more about—professionals as well as lay persons.

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What types of books do you enjoy reading the most? What three books to you find yourself recommending to your fans over and over?

 

 

 

author interview joan jackson

I love fiction, family drama, and historical fiction.

3 books: Olive Kitteridge, All the Light We Cannot See, and Scenes at the Museum

 

 

 

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What is your current obsession? Any secret obsessions you would like to share?

 

 

author interview joan jackson

Solitaire. Secret obsession: I like cigarettes.

 

 

 

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Any last thoughts or wise words you want to pass along?

 

 

 

author interview joan jackson

“Nothing is so common as the wish to be remarkable.” Shakespeare

 

 

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Joan thank you for being In the Spotlight! I hope you’ll come back soon and tell us about your next release.

 

 

Introducing Joan Jackson, author | In the Spotlight Interview

Just In Time

Author: Joan Lindstedt Jackson
Published on: October 24, 2017
Pages: 232
Genres: adult
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Synopsis: For most of his adult life, the only place he felt at peace was at home in Silver Lake, Ohio with his parents―but after their sudden death, he is left on his own. Eager to help their brother, Steve’s siblings, Scott and Sylvia, who both live in Los Angeles, scramble to find someone reliable to live with Steve. The answer to their problem comes in the form of Sylvia’s sister-in-law, Nancy, who is desperate to find a place to live; within days, she moves in with Steve.

This is the story of Steve and Nancy, who, as virtual strangers thrown together out of necessity, forge a way to live in fragile harmony. Sometimes dark, sometimes humorous, Just in Time is a hopeful, firsthand account of the day-to-day roller coaster of life with a schizophrenic.


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About Joan Jackson

Joan Jackson was raised in Ohio. After teaching French for a time, she went on to manage a French-Tahitian export company in Oregon. She is the author of the novels Just In Time and Voluntary Chaos and has published several magazine articles and written a collection of short stories. Jackson spends ten weeks annually in her childhood home in Silver Lake, Ohio, caretaking and managing the home for her schizophrenic brother, who lives alone. She and her husband reside in Los Angeles, California.

 

 


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