Joshilyn Jackson
Headshot for Joshilyn Jackson
Agent: Caryn Karmatz Rudy
Personal Website

New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson’s books have been translated into a dozen languages, won SIBA’s Novel of the Year award, three times been the #1 Book Sense Pick, twice been the #1 Indie Next Pick, twice won Georgia Author of the Year, been a top ten finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards, been the Target Book Club Pick, three times been a Books-A-Million Book Club Pick, four times been shortlisted for the Townsend Prize for Fiction, been a finalist for the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, and won the Patricia Winn Award for Southern Fiction.

A former actor, Jackson reads the audio versions of both her own novels and other writers’ books. Her work in this field has been nominated for the Audie Award, included on  AudioFile Magazine’s best of the year list, won three Earphones Awards, made the Audible All-Star list for highest listener ranks/reviews, and garnered three Listen Up Awards from Publishers Weekly.

As a volunteer with Reforming Arts, Jackson spent six years teaching creative writing in Georgia’s maximum security facility for women. She currently serves on their board of directors, focusing on re-entry. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her family, two entitled cats, and a modestly-sized dog.

Praise for Mother May I

"Chilling, thought-provoking, and hauntingly written, Mother May I kept me on the edge of my seat with its breathless race against time. Joshilyn Jackson’s latest riveting thriller starts with a bang and doesn’t let up, asking how well you truly know the people around you—and how far you’re willing to go for the ones you love. A true page-turner that will stick with me for a long time."—Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl from Widow Hills

“All the things we love about Joshilyn Jackson come together with panache in Mother May I: subtle yet scalding insights on the nature of privilege, compelling, vibrant characters, and the wily plot and breakneck pace of a thriller. Mother May I sets a new standard for the genre: it’s razor-sharp, merciless, and masterful.”—Rose Carlyle, #1 internationally bestselling author of The Girl in the Mirror

"Joshilyn Jackson does it again with this explosive, white-knuckle read about a mother who will stop at nothing to protect her family. Terrifying, timely and thought-provoking, I couldn't tear my eyes away from Mother May I."—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Other Mrs.

"Gripping . . . The dark secret at the novel's heart rings all too true. Jackson knows how to ratchet up the suspense."Publishers Weekly

“So much to unpack with Mother May I. Joshilyn Jackson has outdone herself with this psychological thriller that centers around a mother whose infant is kidnapped from right next to her. The mother is forced to make some horrendously hard choices if she is ever to see her baby again, but must also untangle the complicated mystery of why her family was targeted. Page turning, heart pounding twists and turns.”—Mary OMalley, Skylark Bookshop, Columbia, MO

“Atmospheric Southern fiction—social class is almost a character in this book—with a gripping, unpredictable plot and a twist that grapples with toxic masculinity.”—Sarah Rettger, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA

“A dark domestic suspense story. An old secret surfaces, throwing the lives of everyone in danger. Quite a page turner.”—Sherry Fritzsche, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT

Praise for Never Have I Ever

“[An] epic duel between two flawed women—it’s the perfect thriller to round out your summer.”―People

Never Have I Ever becomes a tale of moral suspense in addition to a psychological thriller. Its several plot twists are surprising and effective, and there are gripping sequences involving Amy’s work as a deep-sea diver woven logically into the narrative. Many books claim to be the perfect beach read. This one doesn’t, but it certainly fits the bill.”―Wall Street Journal

"Jackson has been establishing herself as a master of domestic suspense for years, and her hyped latest should do little to change that. A carefree neighborhood evening of games, gossip, and wine gradually evolves into something much more sinister, as engineered by a woman harboring unsettling secrets."―Entertainment Weekly

“Bestselling author Jackson packs in dramatic reveals about the women’s complex histories.”―Time

“Bestselling Jackson successfully trades her usual quirky Southern lit for darker psychological suspense in this latest highly recommended novel. Her prowess at writing affecting, character-driven fiction is on full display, and readers will devour the twisty, consuming story.”―Library Journal (starred review)

“Nail-biting suspense.… Jackson builds on her talent for creating imperfect, capable, and multi-layered characters to write smart suspense, driven by the intelligence and determination of the instigator and her prey… Never Have I Ever marks a new high in Jackson’s career.”―Booklist (starred review) 

“Wonderful—suspense and surprises, real characters, and a scary, ominous backbeat.  This feels like the book Jackson was born to write.”―Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author

“A smart, original thriller with real, compelling characters and a chilling reveal. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.”―Clare Mackintosh, New York Times bestselling author of I Let You Go

“The more Roux and Amy became obsessed with each other, the more obsessed I became with the book. Jackson is a master... Fans of Joshilyn Jackson and newcomers alike will eat this book up. I did, and I’m hungry again.”―Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants

    William Morrow, 2023
    William Morrow, 2021
    William Morrow, 2019