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Writing for children

7 April 2003

'It's difficult because you have to deal with quite worrying things in a way that's both truthful and yet won't traumatise children. And I try to do that in several ways. I always write in the first person from the child's point of view. I always have flashes of humour, and I always try to resolve situations in a positive way. I would absolutely hate it if any child said: "This is all too horrible for me." But, at the same time, children do like to read lots of things that have a very strong emotional content. They like to be caught up in things as much as adults do.'

Jacqueline Wilson on writing for children in an interview with Daphne Lockyer in The Times