Bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson is writing a comic book. Well, technically, the main character of the novel Jackson is working on, “Origin Story,” is writing a comic book — parts of which Jackson includes in her novel to “influence the plot, underscore themes, and … place images and relationships that echo inside the larger narrative.”
In this edition of “Writer to Reader,” Jackson takes a look at her own novel and other works of fiction that use a literary device with origins that can be traced to ancient Egypt: the “story within a story.”
“If you’re not careful, these things will end up like Russian nesting dolls,” Jackson warns.
And if you’re itching to read a book that puts the “story within a story” device to use and is already written, Jackson lists some of her all-time favorites.