Q and A with Blair Jackson

Local children’s author Blair Jackson is joining us this Wednesday, June 17th from 3-5PM at our Scarborough Faire store in Duck, to share and sign copies of her new picture book, The Tanglewood Fox, illustrated by Cari Foreman. Before you meet Blair, get to know her a little! (And if you can’t make the signing, Jackson will join us later this summer at the Town of Duck Storytime!)

BLair Jackson and Cary Foreman

Q: What’s the title of your new book?

A: The Tanglewood FoxTanglewood Fox

Q: Describe the book in one sentence.

A: The Tanglewood Fox is a story of life’s unexpected surprises, and a celebration for all who search and find their dreams.

Q: What books are on your bedside table?

A: 1) The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan 2) All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 3) Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman. I am always enjoying a couple of books at a time and keep a third in the car “just in case.”

Q: How long have you been writing?

A: Umm, maybe 10-15 years. Perhaps longer. The Tanglewood Fox is my first published work.

Q: Book you wish you could read again for the first time?

A: Raney by Clyde Edgerton – It’s hysterical.

Q: Favorite book and why:

A: Oh, this is impossible for me. I can list favorites of a decade…or, just some special ones that come to mind. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry is in my top ten. I love everything McMurtry writes. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, The Water Is Wide: A Memoir by Pat Conroy, The Mitford Series by Jan Karon and Watership Down by Richard Adams are all memorable. My years spent as a middle school librarian gave me the exposure and opportunity to read lots of young adult literature. I loved Twilight and The Hunger Games.

Q: What brings you to the Outer Banks?

A: We’ve always had a family cottage on the Outer Banks. My great-grandfather Clay Foreman built the 12th cottage on the ocean front in Nags Head in 1910. He was nicknamed “Mr. One Dozen” for awhile after that.




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