Hindu Lore with a Southern Twang: An Interview with Joshilyn Jackson

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Winter 2017

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Wraparound South


In September 2016 New York Times bestselling Southern author Joshilyn Jackson briefly visited Statesboro, Georgia to judge a writing contest for undergraduate majors at Georgia Southern University. Generous with her time, energetic, keenly observant, and graced with an infectious laugh, Jackson handled a packed 48 hours of classroom talks, meet-and-greet, lunch with students, readings and ceremonies while working towards meeting a tight deadline on a draft of a new manuscript, preparing for an upcoming performance in Europe, and handling a tour for the newly released The Opposite of Everyone. Through this, she managed to find time to socialize with the locals, to connect with the young writers who entered the contest, and to talk to family and friends who needed her encouragement on a new work of writing or even just reminders on how to take care of the dog.