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Jacqueline West

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Jacqueline West Oh, absolutely. Shakespeare's influence on my latest book is obvious; DREAMERS OFTEN LIE weaves strands of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and…moreOh, absolutely. Shakespeare's influence on my latest book is obvious; DREAMERS OFTEN LIE weaves strands of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet into a modern-day teenager's life. This book wouldn't exist at all without Shakespeare.

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Just over two months until THE COLLECTORS arrives.


The final weeks of book gestation are some of the weirdest and longest. It’s less like having a baby than laying an egg (I imagine): You’ve done all the work, and then you just have to sit there and worry and try not to lose your mind, and then, FINALLY, out hatches this thing that only sort of feels like yours, because it’s been outside of you...

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“Ms. McMartin had no close family. Her nearest relative was a distant cousin who had recently died in Shanghai, after a severe allergic reaction to a bowl of turtle and arsenic soup.”
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“Really? I love being onstage.” I shuffled my feet against the fake grass. “My favorite thing is that feeling when you’re waiting in the wings, in the dark, totally hidden, but you can feel the audience out there, and then you step out and the lights hit you, and you’re blinded for a second, and you could be anywhere, but you know you’re inside this thing that you’re helping to create, and it’s like—it’s like electricity.”
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Jacqueline West Alissa wrote: "Hey Jacqueline! I was wondering if you had any advice for young writers? I'm 13, and am planning to be a professional writer when I'm older and wanted to see if you have any advice. Your one of my ..."

Hi Alissa,

Thanks for getting in touch!

My advice for young writers is pretty simple: Read like crazy. Write like crazy. Repeat.

Those are the main things. Reading can teach you everything from how to put together a sentence to how to tell a story. And writing, like any other skill, takes practice -- years and years and years of practice.

It's a lot of work. But if you want to be a writer, you probably love both reading and writing, so the work might not feel like work at all. :)

If you'd like to hear more of my advice to young writers, you might want to check out this blog post (https://thewordasylum.wordpress.com/2...), or read some of the other interviews on my website (http://www.jacquelinewest.com/about-j...).

Best of luck!
- Jacqueline


Alissa Hey Jacqueline! I was wondering if you had any advice for young writers? I'm 13, and am planning to be a professional writer when I'm older and wanted to see if you have any advice. Your one of my favorite authors, so I would really love advice from such a great writer! Thank you, and have a wonderful day! ~Alissa


Jacqueline West ❤Sarina❤ wrote: "omg!!!!!!! Elsewhere the third is coming out!!!!!! I'm going to read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Thanks, Sarina! I can't wait for the Volume Three release, either...


Jacqueline West You are very welcome.


Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend


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