Joan Jackson, who lives for a part of the year in Silver Lake, recently published Voluntary Chaos. Jackson describes the book’s theme and plot:
In 1979 in a suburb of Portland, Oregon, Sylvia Beekman, unsatisfied in her ten year marriage with Tom, her college sweetheart, finds herself in a passionate love affair with another man. Unable to reconcile her duty bound commitment to the husband she‟s outgrown and her devotion to her two young children, she wrestles for years with the moral dilemma to stay married or divorce. As Mt. St. Helens erupts nearby, she connects to her own long dormancy of discontent and rushes into action.
Jackson was raised in Ohio, taught French, and managed a French Tahitian export company in
Oregon. Now a free-lance writer, she has published several magazine articles, written a collection of short stories, and is currently working on her second novel, Just In Time.
She and her husband live in West Los Angeles.