While many of us dream of being writers from a young age, the truth is, not all of us can do it early on in our lives and find that we have to defer that dream for another time. Jenny Jackson, whose debut novel Pineapple Street is quite possibly the most buzzed about book of the spring/summer isn’t any different—she spent decades in publishing learning the craft by working with some of the world’s most renowned authors before becoming an author herself.

Meet Jennifer Jenny Jackson

Jenny is a Vice President and Executive Editor at Alfred A. Knopf and joined me today to talk about her debut novel, Pineapple Street.

Key Topics

  1. The power of turning personal experiences into stories: Jenny discusses how writers can embrace life lessons and use them as inspiration for their stories. 
  2. The importance of perseverance in writing: Jenny shares advice from a bestselling author who emphasizes the need to keep going even when you get stuck. She encourages writers not to give up and to pick up their work again, even if it takes years to complete.
  3. Navigating personal boundaries in fiction writing: Jenny discusses the challenge of balancing personal experiences and boundaries when writing fiction. She shares insights into how writers can draw inspiration from their own lives while still respecting their own privacy and the privacy of others.
  4. The significance of archiving and valuing your own work: Jenny reflects on the importance of keeping track of your writing and having respect for your own work. 
  5. The writer’s revenge: Jenny shares an anecdote of how writers can put people who have treated you poorly into your books without them ever knowing.


Buy Pineapple Street

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3Kggp0p

Bookshop.org: https://bookshop.org/a/54587/9780593490693


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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jennyjacksonpineapple/



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