This month Belle had a very exciting opportunity – the chance to ask some questions of her literary hero, none other than Jacqueline Wilson. How cool is that?
We actually saw Jacqueline Wilson speak at Hay Festival last year and really loved her – she had such a warm and open presence on the stage and Belle was very taken with her. For this interview, Belle invited her friends Ella, Josie, Ewelina and Georgina to our house after school and they came up with three questions each.
Here’s what Jacqueline Wilson had to say:
Is there any link between Gina from Tracy Beaker Returns and Gina from the Dustbin Baby?!
No link between the two Gina’s! The television people make up their own story lines and characters for the Tracy and Dumping Ground series.
What’s your favourite thing about being a famous author?
I love it when the story is almost writing itself and I’m totally immersed in my characters’ world.
Why did you decide to become an author?
I loved reading and making up my own stories so I wanted to be an author from the age of six.
What is the weirdest question you have ever been asked in an interview?
I’ve been asked where I bought my boots!
When you were little did you like reading ?
I’ve always loved reading. Even before I could read myself I would pore over my picture books.
Is there any reasoning behind your books?
I suppose I’m always on the side of the odd one out – and I want to be a comfort to anyone going through a tough time.
What are your top three favourite illustrations Nick has drawn for you?
I like ALL the illustrations he’s done for The Butterfly Club, I like his depiction of Marigold with her tattoos in The Illustrated Mum, and I Iike the gothic fairy illustrations in Midnight.
When you were younger did you have anybody you looked up to and why?
I liked the child actress Mandy Miller and collected photos of her. I met her once when I was eleven and she was very sweet to me.
What is your favourite book that you have written?
My favourite book is Hetty Feather.
Would you recommend being a author ?
Yes, I think I’d recommend being an author – but it’s very hard work and there’s no guarantee you’ll be successful!
Have you ever written a book that hasn’t been published?!
Yes, long ago when I was first starting to write.
Are you planning on writing any more books about Hetty and Diamond?
Definitely. I’m on chapter three of a new book about both of them.
Is there anything you hate about being an author and why!?
I hate proof editing – it’s such boring finicky work.
What’s your least favourite book you have written?
I don’t really have a least favourite.
If you could go back in time what would you change?
If I went back to Victorian times I’d try to make life easier for poor or unwanted children.
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Belle was sent a copy of the magazine to have a look at but this post hasn’t been otherwise compensated.