Holly Goddard Jones

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Holly Goddard Jones is an American novelist and short story author.[1]

Early life[edit]

Jones was born and raised in Russellville, Kentucky, a setting which influenced her books Girl Trouble and The Next Time You See Me, both of which are set in the fictional rural Kentucky town of Roma.[2]


Upon graduating High School, Jones attended Western Kentucky University to study journalism. However, Jones ended up transferring to the University of Kentucky after a year to study English, later graduating with Bachelor of Arts.[3] Following her graduation from the University of Kentucky, Jones received a Master of Fine Arts from Ohio State University.[4]



In 2009, Jones released her first book, Girl Trouble, a series of short stories, many of which were featured in various publications including New Stories from the South (2007 and 2008) and in Best American Mystery Stories 2008.[1]

Her second book, The Next Time You See Me was released in 2013 to critical praise from such major media outlets as New York Times, USA Today, and the Chicago Tribune, among others.[5][6][7][8]

The Salt Line, Jones' second novel, was released in September 2017. Publisher's Weekly, in a positive review, described the book as "seamless" and "thrilling."[9]The novel also received praise from the Los Angeles Times and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.[10][11]

Other media[edit]

Jones has been featured as a guest columnist for Slate's TV Club writing on the Kentucky-based television series Justified.[12]


Jones currently teaches at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.[13]


  • Hillsdale Award for Fiction (2013)[14]



  1. ^ a b "Bio: Holly Goddard Jones". HarperCollins. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ CHANEY, CANDACE. "Ky. native Holly Goddard Jones' small-town upbringing provides fodder for debut novel". Kentucky.com. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Watson, Heather. "Girl Trouble, Holly Goddard Jones 09.09.2009". Ace Weekly. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Swietek, Wes (August 31, 2009). "Author's 'Girl Trouble' on way". Bowling Green Daily News. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Newly Released Books:'The Next Time You See Me,' by Holly Goddard Jones, and More". The New York Times. February 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Review: The Next Time You See Me, By Holly Goddard-Jones". The Independent. July 7, 2013. 
  7. ^ "'The Next Time You See Me' examines hunt for missing woman". USA Today. February 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Next Time You See Me' by Holly Goddard Jones". Chicago Tribune. January 25, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Fiction Book Review: The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones. Putnam, $26 (400p) ISBN 978-0-7352-1431-6". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 2017-09-25. 
  10. ^ "Science fiction gets criminal". Los Angeles Times. 2017-09-21. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-10-03. 
  11. ^ "'The Salt Line': a dystopian tale of disaster tourism". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2017-10-03. 
  12. ^ "Will Preacher Billy pay the ultimate price for Cassie's sins?". Slate. January 22, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Faculty & Staff". University of North Carolina Greensboro. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Author Holly Goddard Jones To Visit Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy". Chattanoogan. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Best of What's Next: Author Holly Goddard Jones". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  16. ^ Alexander, Jaclyn. "More Than Girl Trouble". Bomb. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 

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