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  Meeting Jacqueline Wilson was amazing
Updated 28 September 2004, 11.03
Katie meets Jacqueline Wilson
Katie won our Press Pack competition to interview award-winning author Jacqueline Wilson.

In her report Katie gets some advice for young authors and finds out more about Radish the rabbit!

"When I got a phone call to say that I had won the competition to meet Jacqueline Wilson I thought it was a prank - I never win anything!

I was really excited that I'd be meeting my favourite author.

We met up in the Kingston library in London which is Jacqueline Wilson's local library.

Big rings

I must admit, when I first saw Jacqueline Wilson I was a little bit scared - she had so many big rings on fingers.

But she was very nice. She asked if I was nervous and I said yes!

Katie gives JW some clues!
Katie gives JW some clues!
My Press Pack assignment was to interview Jacqueline Wilson and I started by giving her some clues about the questions I was going to ask.

Inspirational rabbit

First I gave her a cuddly rabbit. This was because she has a little mascot rabbit called Radish that sits next to her when she writes.

Jacqueline said that when she's stuck for writing she holds him.

Next I gave her a cowboy hat because she likes line-dancing.

And finally I gave her a card with a number nine on it because that was her age when she starting writing.

She wrote a book about family called The Maggots which had seven children.

Only child

Jacqueline told me that she likes to write about families with lots of kids in them because she is an only child.

She also told me that the characters in her books aren't based on real people, she might observe somebody doing something so she might build on that.

Katie loved interviewing JW
Katie loved interviewing JW
Noisy neighbours

I asked her about her new book, Diamond Girls which is a story about four sisters, written by the younger sister Dixie.

She said it would be a fun family to be in but not so fun if you were their neighbours!

Good advice

I asked her about advice for young authors. Jacqueline told me that it's good to read a lot (Jacqueline has over 15,000 books!) and it's also a good idea to keep a diary.

After the interview, Jacqueline signed some books for me and even gave me a diary which was great after the advice she had just given me.

I really had a fantastic day meeting Jacqueline Wilson. She was so nice that after a while I forgot that I was chatting to my favourite author."

Katie, 12, Yeovil

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It can be about anything that's happened in your local area - or your views on the news.

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