Stephanie, Meredith, Mackenzie, and Jessica Jackson made Hollins history in the fall of 2010 when they became the first set of quadruplets to enroll at the university. Now juniors, the Fredericksburg residents have achieved another distinction: published authors.
Amazon.com began featuring the Jacksons' debut novel, Two Pair: A Quadruple or Nothing Story, in early September 2012. Published as an e-book through Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing and as a paperback via the company's Createspace service, Two Pair is the first of a four-book series the quadruplets hope will both enlighten and entertain readers. Though technically a work of fiction, the Jacksons say much of the book reflects their lives and real events that happened to them.
"We want people to realize that with multiples in general, you shouldn't automatically assume we're exactly the same," says Jessica.
The Jacksons first began writing Two Pair in the eighth grade, and over the years revised, edited, and improved the manuscript with the input of their parents, their teachers, and even a publisher. They discovered Amazon.com's self-publishing options through an Internet search and met their goal of publication before their 20th birthdays.
Once the book became available for purchase, the Jacksons started getting the word out through email, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and even a YouTube video. "It's appropriate for all readers ages 13 and up," explains Stephanie. "Females will probably read it more than males, but if they give it a chance, males will like it, too."
"Anybody can relate to it," adds Meredith.
When she can find the time amid her school responsibilities, Mackenzie is already outlining plot points for the second book. "I always imagined having a New York Times best-seller," she says. "That is what I want to accomplish one day."
Hometown: Fredericksburg, Virginia
Majors: English (Jessica), English with a concentration in creative writing (Stephanie, Mackenzie), music (Meredith)