And she's a big musical theater dork! I mean that in the nicest possible way.
Between Georgia, now in paperback with foxy new cover, was a #1 BookSense pick, and got starred reviews all over town. Here's the scoop on it:
Nonny Frett understands the meanings of "rock" and "hard place" better than any woman ever born. She's got two mothers, "one deaf-blind and the other four baby steps from flat crazy." She's got two men; Her husband is easing out the back door and her best friend is laying siege to her heart in her front yard. She has a job that holds her in the city, and she's addicted to a little girl who's stuck deep in the country. And she has two families; The Fretts, who stole her and raised her right, and the Crabtrees, who lost her and can't forget that they've been done wrong.
I'm thinking if you are ready for the grown-up type of fiction with adult content and all that jazz, you will love it.
Joshilyn wrote one of my favorite boyfriend lists of all time, an earlier time she visited this blog: The Gradeschool Impossible Crush List.
Below, watch her geek out on musical theater!
The Dramarama Musical Theater Interview
questions by me, answers by Joshilyn Jackson
1. You were in a play in high school, weren't you? Tell me all about it.
I was in ALL the plays in high school! I was the president of the Drama club my senior year. Yes, I AM a dork. Thank you. But it really was my niche, and the best way to survive teendom and school is to find your niche. My freshman year was Hell on earth, but by my sophomore year, I was in drama club, and the rest of high school was…fun.
2. Give me song lyric that makes you laugh. Preferably from a show, but I'll cut you some slack if whatever you quote is funny.
From Wicked, Popular
Don't be offended by my frank analysis
Think of it as personality dialysis
Now that I've chosen to be come a pal, a
Sister and adviser
There's nobody wiser
Not when it comes to popular -
I know about popular
And with an assist from me
To be who you'll be
Instead of dreary who-you-were…are
There's nothing that can stop you
From becoming popu-
(note from E: Yay! that song features heavily in Dramarama. Click here to watch the song performed by Kristen Chenoweth, referenced below!)
3. If you've seen a show on Broadway, what was your first one? Whom did you go with, who was the star, what did you think of it?
OH LORD I heart Broadway! And the West End. I’ve been to London twice and go to New York at least once a year to check in at my publishing house, do a lunch with the agent, and totter around in crazy-hot four inch heeled shoes trying not to trip and crack my head open or pitch into traffic. I always get play tickets while there. Always. Last time I was there I saw Spamalot. The time before, it was Wicked. I am leaving for NYC tomorrow with NO tickets, but will hit the half price booth on Saturday and treat myself to a matinee – not sure what yet.
Probably not a musical this time, as I prefer straight up drama – Last time we saw a Tom Stoppard play and the Pulitzer prize winner I AM MY OWN WIFE as well as the one musical.
4. What's your showbiz fantasy?
Meeting and becoming BFF with Idina Menzel (Elphaba from Wicked) who will, for purposes of this fantasy, be playing Nonny in the Boadway adaptation of Between. Georgia.
5. Which Broadway diva are you, deep inside?
I hope I’m Kristin Chenoweth --- bubbly, funny, a little bit of a dork who is not afraid to take a pratfall and look ridiculous.
6. Write me a nice little song lyric for the book you're promoting right now. Please.
GARGLE! The pressure. You know, I get a grant from the state of Georgia to NOT write poetry, and lyrics might violate it. Wouldn’t you rather have my first born child or maybe some nice naked pictures of my cat? Or a bag of money? ANYTHING, just DO NOT force me to perpetrate verse and then thrust it upon your helpless readers!