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Originally from the Seattle/ Tacoma region. Jodi (J.A.) Wright moved to Christchurch New Zealand in 1990. A professional festival and concert producer, parttime writer and in recovery from drug addiction since 1985, she published her debut novel How to Grow an Addict in 2015 with She Writes Press.
About How to Grow an Addict, a novel:
Randall Grange has been tricked into admitting herself into a treatment centre and she doesn’t know why. She’s not a party hound like the others in her therapy group but then again, she knows she can’t live without pills or booze.
Raised by an abusive father, a detached mother, and a loving aunt and uncle, Randall both loves and hates her life. She’s awkward and a misfit. Her parents introduced her to alcohol and tranquillizers at a young age, ensuring that her teenage years would be full of bad choices, and by the time she’s twenty-three, she’s a full-blown drug addict, well acquainted with the miraculous power chemicals have to cure just about any problem she could possibly have and she’s in more trouble than she’s ever known was possible.
How to Grow an Addict is a compelling coming-of-age story about a young woman’s descent into addiction – and her struggle for redemption. Alternately heartbreaking and hilarious, Randall is a memorable character who will make you laugh and cry.
Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) Nominee for Literary Fiction (Bronze Medal) (2016), USA Best Book Award Nominee (2015), International Book Awards for Health: Addiction & Recovery (2016), Readers’ Favorite Book Award Nominee for Fiction – General (Silver) (2016), National Indie Excellence Awards for Addiction & Recovery (2016) Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Nominee for General Fiction (Honorable Mention) (2015)
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