Decatur-Based Author Joshilyn Jackson Discusses Her New Novel ‘Never Have I Ever’

‘Never Have I Ever’ is Joshilyn Jackson’s ninth novel.

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Decatur-based author Joshilyn Jackson has described her writing as “weirdo fiction with a shot of Southern Gothic influence for smart people who can catch the nuances but who like narrative drive, and who have a sense of humor but who are willing to go down to dark places.”

Her new suspense novel “Never Have I Ever,” is currently out and a launch party will be hosted at Eagle Eye Books in Decatur on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

“City Lights” is adding Jackson’s book to our “Summer Reading” list.

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Amy Whey is proud of her ordinary life and the simple pleasures that come with it — teaching diving lessons, baking cookies for new neighbors, helping her best friend Charlotte, run their local book club. Her greatest joy is her family: her devoted professor husband, her spirited 15-year-old stepdaughter, her infant son. But Amy’s sweet, uncomplicated life begins to unravel when the mysterious and alluring Angelica Roux arrives on her doorstep one book club night.

“This book is a bit of a genre change for me because it’s differently structured. I just upped the stakes and used all the same aspects I liked from previous books I wrote, I just changed the structure to be more domestic noir,” Jackson said.