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Editorial Reviews


"Wright deftly and insightfully describes how a life can spiral toward addiction and rehab. The story is raw and touching and I found myself rooting for Randall as she navigates redemption and sobriety. A gritty and honest read."
-Susie Orman Schnall, award-winning author of On Grace and The Balance Project 

"Wright dares to stomp where others only lightly tread, and does so with grace, craft, and an unusual ease. This is not a sob story about abuse, damage, and addiction, it's a story of how bravery, self-recognition, and the desire for happiness slap the former in the face and gleam with hope. A great read and lesson for anyone who's been there, hopes to get elsewhere, or simply needs to read a story that resonates." 
- Maria Kostaki, author of Pieces: A Novel

"Raw, honest, fascinating insight into the growing-up years of a girl raised by what might be an ordinary family with ordinary flaws, and the extraordinary effects their lives have on her. J.A. Wright makes Randall so real, you want to go round and pick her up, make her a decent meal and tell her she's going to be okay."
- Michele A'Court, columnist at The Press, NZ Comedy Guild's Comedienne of the Decade 2010, author of Stuff I Forgot to Tell my Daughter 

"J. A. Wright's book is a compelling illustration of what fertile ground families are for nurturing addiction. It's not all doom and gloom however - the story is told in a clear-eyed, unsentimental voice which, for me, made it utterly convincing."
- Morrin Rout, Co-producer/presenter of Bookenz

From the Author

I was raised in the Pacific Northwest and moved to New Zealand in 1990 with my young family. I've been in recovery from drug addiction since 1985. How to Grow an Addict is my debut novel and has been acknowledged with several awards including:
2016 International Book Awards - Winner in Addiction & Recovery
2016 NIEA Awards - Winner in Addiction & Recovery
2016 Bronze Medal - Literary Fiction (IPPY) Independent Publisher Book Awards
2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards - Honorable Mention for General Fiction
2015 USA Best Book Awards - Finalist for General Fiction