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Every once in a while we need a change in setting to get a fresh perspective and, hopefully, to be inspired. Enter “the retreat,” a tried and true way to get away from the daily grind.

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It isn’t reserved for just the office worker though, artists often use retreats to improve upon their craft. In this edition of “Writer to Reader,” best-selling novelist Joshilyn Jackson explains how.

Jackson goes on three to five retreats per book, typically with a group of close confidants.

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Ga. Festival Celebrates The 'Lost' Southern Authors

Mar 24, 2017
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Georgia State University assistant professor of English Andy Rogers wants people to remember more than Faulkner, O’Connor or Williams when they think of Southern writers. So he organized Revival: Lost Southern Voices Festival, which aims to do just that.

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On this edition of "Writer to Reader," novelist Joshilyn Jackson looks at what’s in store for the festival.

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Feb 15, 2017
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Social Media Is Changing How Authors Go on Tour

Feb 8, 2017
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Once upon a time the cross-country book tour was a regular occurrence for published authors. Now, those tours are reserved for “huge sellers who are also excellent public speakers or have multiple platforms that are going to attract a lot of media attention,” best-selling novelist Joshilyn Jackson says.

On this edition of “Writer to Reader,” Jackson gives an overview of how her experience touring has changed over the years, and how tours have changed for the publishing industry as a whole.

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Gift Guide: Local Author’s Top Southern Lit Picks

Dec 6, 2016
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Best-selling novelist Joshilyn Jackson is very connected to southern literature. In addition to the South functioning as the setting in her novels, she frequents local bookstores and works alongside area writers. For those looking to give the gift of reading this holiday season, Jackson has her top picks for books written by southerners.

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The Beauty Of Discovering Typos In Published Novels

Nov 30, 2016
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When it comes to correcting mistakes in writing, author Joshilyn Jackson thinks grammar police are difficult to deal with. Still, she acknowledges that many writers, herself included, would be lost without them as copy editors.

The process of copy editing and proofreading has undergone a dramatic shift with the advent of the computer. There were once discrete stages in which specific people looked at different drafts of a novel, and changes were made incrementally.

“Back when it was done on paper, the copy editor’s changes would be made in colored pencils.” Jackson said.

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When best-selling novelist Joshilyn Jackson visited New York City just two days after the presidential election to meet with her agent, editor, publisher and others involved in getting her latest book published, she used part of the trip to see the Broadway play "Hamilton."

Jackson says, “‘Hamilton’ is a ground-breaking play by any measure, but it was especially meaningful and sobering and affecting in the wake of an election where how we’re going to treat our immigrants has been a huge point of contention.”

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Nov 2, 2016
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For more than a year, novelist Joshilyn Jackson has been keeping listeners up to date on the progress of her upcoming novel. After sending her manuscript to her publisher in July, Jackson has reached another milestone – giving the novel an official title.

On this edition of “Writer To Reader” Jackson explained the process of giving up the working title of the novel.

“In my head, this book has been ‘Origin Story,’ well, from its origin,” she said.

Author Has Mixed Feelings About NaNoWriMo Challenge

Oct 26, 2016
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When it comes to writing a quality novel, best-selling author Joshilyn Jackson believes you need to take your time. Nonetheless, she is planning to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this November. In this edition of “Writer to Reader” on “City Lights,” Jackson takes a look at what drives some people to speed write 50,000 words in one month and what the end result might be.

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The Dangers Of Planning Dinner With Your Heroes

Sep 21, 2016
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From time to time, best-selling novelist Joshilyn Jackson will play “The Imaginary Dinner Party” game with her friends. For the uninitiated, the game is simple: You pick three of your heroes, living or dead, whom you’d like to have over for a dinner party and postulate how it would turn out.

During her most recent engagement in the game, Jackson decided on Flannery O’Connor, Harper Lee and Carol Churchill as her guests.

“But truthfully,” Jackson says, “I wouldn’t go to that party, even if I was the host.”

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When best-selling novelist Joshilyn Jackson first walked into prison, she was scared. This was despite the fact that she would be able to leave any time.

Jackson was there as a volunteer for the nonprofit Reforming Arts, which works to provide a liberal arts education to women in prison. On this edition of “Writer to Reader,” Jackson shares the reservations she had about the possibility of teaching inmates.

Looking back on her lesson plan, Jackson says that her book choice, “To Kill A Mockingbird” was “the worst, best choice.”


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Best-selling novelist Joshilyn Jackson is not afraid to describe herself as “redemption-obsessed,” nor is she afraid to describe herself as a pragmatist who does not take premonitions seriously.

“When I have feelings about things or dreams or intuitions, I attribute them to bad clams,” Jackson explains.

That is, until she read a call for volunteers to help serve in prison.

In this edition of "Writer to Reader," Jackson talks about what drove her to follow up on the volunteer opportunity and the results of her actions.

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How Novelists Stay Busy When They Aren’t Writing

Aug 3, 2016
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When novelist Joshilyn Jackson finally turned her book “Origin Story” in to her publisher she could see relaxing summer days right around the corner.

“I had this giddy, high week of prancing about being generally disgusting and full of myself,” Jackson admits.