Wilson has become one of Britain's bestselling authors by
writing compelling books that young people can really identify with.
the creator of convincing characters like Tracy Beaker with
everyday vulnerabilities and dilemmas that her young readers can
identify with, like having to deal with divorced parents and first-time
you were not one of the lucky ones who saw Jacqueline Wilson when
she visited Cheltenham, here are some of the questions you sent
BBC Gloucestershire to ask her on your behalf - and Jacqueline's
is your favourite book out of all of your stories and why?
Maybe The Story of Tracy Beaker simply because Tracy is
Do you often use your own dreams and night mares to develop
a storyline from?
Hannah Gowling, 8
Wilson: No, my nightmares are much too scary!
You are one of my best writers. I am a big fan of yours. I want
to know if you are writing a new book? If you are then could you
tell me what might happen in it? Can you even give me a little hint
of what might happen. I really think you are great!
Tahmida Rahman, 12
Ive just written a book called Midnight and theres a
new book out next March called Best Friends. But youll have
to wait till March to find out what might happen!
The way you treat the subjects in your books seems incredibly realistic.
When you were writing Lola Rose what
sort of research did you do?
Lucy L Treganna, 11
I talked to women who had had breast cancer to check I had the treatment
right, but mostly I just tried to imagine how it might feel to be
a girl like Lola Rose and how she might react.
Where do you get your ideas from?
Sally Kent, 11
Rather like dreams, they just seem to pop into my head.
Beaker is Jacqueline Wilson's favourite book
Are any of your books about actual events that happened in your
life as a child or teenager?
Sophie Caplan, 12
No, I much prefer to make everything up.
What is your favourite book out of all of your stories and why?
Ramona Clarke, 8
Maybe The Story of Tracy Beaker simply because Tracy is so outrageous.
What or who inspired you most as a youngster?
Jennifer Smith, 12
I dont think any one particular person did. I just liked reading
lots of books and knew I wanted to write them.
Are your books available in audio cassette for people who have a
problem reading or seeing?
Carlton Ryan, 11
Yes, nearly all of them.
What were your favourite books when you were growing up?
JW: Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield, Little Women by
Louise M Alcott and A Little Princess.
Katie Day's account of her meeting with Jacqueline Wilson
Do you have any hobbies apart from writing?
Jo Mulford, 10
I swim, I dance, I go to art galleries and I love shopping.
you have a study or do you write your books somewhere else?
do have a study but Im hardly ever in it. Most of the
time I write my stories on trains or in the back of cars travelling
to give talks to children.
My favourite book of yours is Secrets, how did you get the ideas
Donna Sparks, 9
I wanted to write about the friendship between two very different
girls coming from wildly different backgrounds.
Do you have a study or do you write your books somewhere else?
Chloe Spencer, 11
I do have a study but Im hardly ever in it. Most of the time
I write my stories on trains or in the back of cars travelling to
give talks to children.
Where do you get your rings?
Emily Rees, 13
A wonderful shop called The Great Frog in Londons West
When you were a child did you like writing stories?
Naomi Russell, 12
JW: Yes, Ive written little stories since I was
What makes a good writer?
Grace Banks, 11
Somebody with a way with words who can make you keep turning
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