ONWARD HEROES GAMING
Writers who game. Gamers who write.
Lydia Netzer and Joshilyn Jackson have been friends and writing partners since graduate school. Over these many years of publishing novels, they’ve traveled together to book festivals, work retreats, and teaching gigs. They are long-time collaborators, and playing Dungeons & Dragons is their favorite way to tell stories together. Their text-based D&D game has been running for years, and they also play together with larger groups at live tables and over the internet. After all these years of writing, gaming, and sharing lives, they finish each other’s sentences and read each other’s minds; this project feels like the natural culmination of countless hours of joyfully working and playing together.
Lydia Netzer is the author of Shine Shine Shine and How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky, both published by St. Martin’s Press. Shine Shine Shine was a Target Book Club Pick, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book in 2012, a People's Pick of the Week in People Magazine, Amazon's Spotlight Book of the Month, made iTunes' list of Best Books of 2012, and the audiobook (read by Joshilyn Jackson!) was Publisher's Weekly's Fiction Audiobook of the Year for 2012.
Lydia has been using Dungeons & Dragons in the classroom for over a dozen years, teaching kindergarteners through adults both in K-12 literature seminars and college writing courses. She’s a veteran game master, and has been pushing stories to players since 2nd edition Dungeons & Dragons.
Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of eleven novels, all bestsellers, including gods in Alabama, The Almost Sisters, Never Have I Ever, Mother May I, and the forthcoming With My Little Eye. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.
Joshilyn's novels have been #1 Indie Next Book Picks, she has multiple times been an Amazon Best of the Month or Editor’s Pick, a Library Reads Pick, and a winner (once) and a finalist (twice) for the SIBA Southern Book Prize. Her work has been chosen as Barnes & Noble Pick of the Month, the Target Book Club Pick, a Wall Street Journal Best Mystery of the Year, and her two most recent titles were inducted into the LibraryReads Hall of Fame. She’s won Georgia Author of the Year twice, the 2021 Patricia Winn Award for Southern Fiction, and been shortlisted for the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction and the Townsend Award.