Saturday 17 August 2019

Write side... with writer Jacqueline Wilson


Jacqueline Wilson
Jacqueline Wilson
Kim Bielenberg

Kim Bielenberg

Jacqueline Wilson on having a teenage magazine named after her, and how persistence sometimes pays

One of your first writing jobs was with Jackie magazine. Did they really name the magazine after you?

The two gentlemen in charge of magazines, Mr Cuthbert and Mr Tait (they sound like a music hall act!), said they had indeed named Jackie magazine after me.

Why were you called Jackie Daydream at school?

I was called Jackie Daydream because I was always day-dreaming and making up stories inside my head rather than concentrating on my lessons.

How come it took 40 books before you had a bestseller?

It's very hard to get a bestselling book. It's often luck more than anything else. But I was happy just to be published, even though my books didn't sell very much at first. Certainly, persistence pays off - sometimes.

If you weren't a writer, what would you be?

I'd love to have my own secondhand bookshop. When I can't get to sleep, I plan how I'd arrange everything.

What is special about your new book, Hetty Feather's Christmas?

I think it looks special because it's got a glorious festive red cover with Hetty in front of a magnificent Christmas tree - and I've tried to make the story inside very special too, giving Hetty a wonderful day out from the grim Foundling Hospital.

Which books would you take to a desert island - one children's book and one adults' book?

I'd take Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I've read them both at least 10 times, but I'm always happy to read them again.

What is it like to have been the most-borrowed writer in Britain?

I felt very proud to have been the most-borrowed writer in Britain, but it makes me sound very well-thumbed...

Well, I hope they always bring you back.

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