Local writer to sign first published book

Dortha Jackson welcomes the community from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, for a book-signing of her first published book, “Isn’t it Funny?”
“My love of writing started in grade school,” Jackson said. “It’s a good mode of self-expression. I tend to write in the highs and lows of my life. I’m an emo-tional writer. If something funny, happy, or sad hap-pens, I have to write it down to catch that emotion.”
“Isn’t it Funny?” does just that by collecting 20 short stories that are humorous, witty, and full of senti-ment and family values with a Christian flavor.
“I’ve always wanted to publish my writing, but I’m probably my own worst critic,” Jackson said. “I never felt like my work was ‘ready.’ My mom was a huge inspiration, and when she passed, that’s why I start-ed the publishing process.”
Jackson and her mother, Carolyn Hendrick, would write together. Hendrick was a source of construc-tive criticism and had a good grasp on what was en-ticing to the reader, Jackson said. Hendrick was a writer, educator, retired Methodist minister, and her biggest inspiration.
“Now that I’m done, seeing my words in print gives me a sense of accomplishment,” Jackson said. “My aspiration is to continue and keep publishing.”
Jackson is a Lufkin High School graduate and Baylor University graduate with a B.S. in Education.
Jackson said she has a passion for writing music, memoirs, self-help, Christian fiction, and children’s books. Her song lyrics were published in the 2004 Texas A&M International University “Reflections.”
Her poems, letters, and columns have been published by USA TODAY, The Laredo Morning Times, and The Diboll Free Press. She has been the winner of writing contests since 1979 and most recently was a top Ten Finalist in the Global Human interest category of the 2014 Erma Bombeck Writing Competition. Dortha is an accomplished musician and is dedicated to her faith and family.
She has two grown children and has a granddaugh-ter who loves her dog, Bear. After many years of liv-ing in Laredo with her husband and teaching, the couple recently moved back home to be closer to family.
“In life, we are always on a journey,” Jackson said. “Everyone is going to have shoes in the middle of the road, but it’s always about looking at that unex-pected aspect and finding what’s funny. The old ad-age, ‘laughter is the best medicine,’ is what this is really all about.”