Last week we popped down to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s annual Collars & Coats Gala Ball and nabbed a chat with our favourite childhood author Jacqueline Wilson where we spoke about popstars, Christmas lists, and even a bit of ‘Jane Eyre’.
Your work has become iconic amongst young people, what do you think it is about your books that draws people into them?
I think because they’re quite easy to read, they’re characters which I think children can relate to and they’re quite emotional stories; there are sad bits and funny bits and hopefully there’s lots going on.
Where do you get the inspiration to keep coming up with new storylines from?
I don’t know! I’ve written over 100 books now and family and friends say “For goodness sake, it’s time to stop,” but I can’t stop, I’ll just carry on and on.
What is the one book that you think every child should be adding to their Christmas list this year?
I personally love Charlotte Brontë and there’s a really good new biography on her out. That’s certainly not going to appeal to everybody but hopefully a lot of girls and women who are ‘Jane Eyre’ fans will be interested in that.
Finally, as we’re a pop site we were wondering which of the characters that you’ve written you think would make the best popstar?
There’s one called Destiny who’s in my book ‘Little Darlings’ and she’s a great singer so I think she’d be a brilliant popstar.