Elizabeth Jackson is a longtime musician, resident of Austin, and member of the Writers’ League of Texas. Her Mississippi origins deeply inform her sense of stories, language, and weirdos. Jackson is currently shopping around her first novel, The Universal Sap, a dark, comical story about a middle-aged burnout searching for a sense of family among dead relatives and small-town freaks. “Behind and Past and Front and Ahead” is an excerpt from a new work about a fantastical narcissist, a type with which Jackson finds she’s familiar (not that she’s related to any). Her previous credits include book reviews in The Austin Chronicle. She lives in Cherrywood with a (feline) behemoth named Fat Madison.