The story is about a fictitious character, Lexi Carmichael, one of Hollywood’s hottest child actors. In the blink of an eye, her career comes to an end, and Lexi returns to small-town Texas to live the life of a regular teen.
“I wanted to write something that parents could feel good about allowing their daughters to read. As the parent of a teenage girl, I know that there is a predominance of books out there that feature young characters navigating adult situations. This one doesn’t,” Jackson explained. “It’s about a girl learning to be a normal kid without the aid of vampires or magic spells.”
Having grown up in a house full of girls, Jackson said there was never a shortage of strong female literary characters in her home. She and her three sisters grew up reading Judy Blume, Beverley Cleary and Louisa May Alcott.
Jackson, a native of New Jersey, chose the Texas Hill Country as the setting for the novel. Austin and Johnson City are featured heavily in the novel, especially when Lexi’s family ranch becomes the location of a movie. “It’s easy to write about the places you love and know,” the author said – she lived in Central Texas for about six years. “I hope that readers outside of Texas will get a sense of how beautiful the landscapes are here.”
The novel was published by Out of Bounds Press in Jordan, Minn. It is available for digital download online through major book sellers.
Jackson, who has written a weekly column for six years, is also the author of “Turned Wrong at Ding Dong,” a compilation of articles that she wrote for the Beeville Bee-Picayune. Another compilation, “Grizzlies, Tigers and Combat Boot Wearing Mamas,” will be published later this year.