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Jacqueline Wilson answers your questions
Katie Day and Jacqueline Wilson
Katie Day meets her heroine in Cheltenham
Young fans flocked to meet their literary heroine as Jacqueline Wilson visited the Cheltenham Festival of Literature.

Here she answers your questions.
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Fact File

+ Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath and wrote her first book, about a family called The Maggots, when she was nine.

+ Her first job was as a journalist on the teen magazine Jackie, which was named after her.

+ Over 8 million copies of her books have now been sold in the UK alone. Her books have been translated into 23 different languages.

+ She sells an average 60,000 books a month.

+ She was the 4th bestselling author in the UK in 2001 and the most borrowed female author from secondary school libraries.

+ Double Act and Tracy Beaker have been filmed for television.

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Jacqueline Wilson has become one of Britain's bestselling authors by writing compelling books that young people can really identify with.

She's 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 adult relationships.

If 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 replies.

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What is your favourite book out of all of your stories and why?

Maybe The Story of Tracy Beaker simply because Tracy is so outrageous.
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Jacqueline Wilson

Question: Do you often use your own dreams and night mares to develop a storyline from?
Hannah Gowling, 8

Jacqueline Wilson: No, my nightmares are much too scary!

Q: 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

JW: I’ve just written a book called Midnight and there’s a new book out next March called Best Friends. But you’ll have to wait till March to find out what might happen!

Q: 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

JW: 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.

Q: Where do you get your ideas from?
Sally Kent, 11

JW: Rather like dreams, they just seem to pop into my head.

Tracy Beaker
Tracy Beaker is Jacqueline Wilson's favourite book

Q: Are any of your books about actual events that happened in your life as a child or teenager?
Sophie Caplan, 12

JW: No, I much prefer to make everything up.

Q: What is your favourite book out of all of your stories and why?
Ramona Clarke, 8

JW: Maybe The Story of Tracy Beaker simply because Tracy is so outrageous.

Q: What or who inspired you most as a youngster?
Jennifer Smith, 12

JW: I don’t think any one particular person did. I just liked reading lots of books and knew I wanted to write them.

Q: Are your books available in audio cassette for people who have a problem reading or seeing?
Carlton Ryan, 11

JW: Yes, nearly all of them.

Q: What were your favourite books when you were growing up?
Katie Day,11

JW: Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield, Little Women by Louise M Alcott and A Little Princess.

»Read Katie Day's account of her meeting with Jacqueline Wilson

Q: Do you have any hobbies apart from writing?
Jo Mulford, 10

JW: I swim, I dance, I go to art galleries and I love shopping.

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Do you have a study or do you write your books somewhere else?

I do have a study but I’m 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.quote

Jacqueline Wilson

Q: My favourite book of yours is Secrets, how did you get the ideas for it?
Donna Sparks, 9

JW: I wanted to write about the friendship between two very different girls coming from wildly different backgrounds.

Q: Do you have a study or do you write your books somewhere else?
Chloe Spencer, 11

JW: I do have a study but I’m 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.

Q: Where do you get your rings?
Emily Rees, 13

JW: A wonderful shop called The Great Frog in London’s West End.

Q: When you were a child did you like writing stories?
Naomi Russell, 12

JW: Yes, I’ve written little stories since I was seven.

Q: What makes a good writer?
Grace Banks, 11

JW: Somebody with a way with words who can make you keep turning the page.

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