It's an incredible honour, especially when you see the other writers in the book. There are some of my all-time favourites: Rudyard Kipling, Ursula Le Guin, Philip Pullman, Philippa Pearce, Michael Morpurgo, Malorie Blackman, Dick King-Smith, Joan Aiken, Noel Streatfield, Dodie Smith, Kate DiCamillo – and of course Jacqueline Wilson herself. Her introduction to the Varjak Paw excerpt is so lovely, I have to quote it! She says:
"I think my most delightful and interesting interview ever was with SF Said. He knew so much about children's books and we found we had all sorts of things in common – we even shared a passion for gothic silver jewellery. He told me that he'd written a children's book himself and so I asked him to send me a copy when it came out.
I was thrilled when I read Varjak Paw. It's new and contemporary and original, and yet it already reads like a true classic of children's literature."It's absolutely amazing to see one my favourite writers saying such things about my work! Here's a link to the interview she mentions, which we did back in 2001; and here's some more information from her own website. Please do buy a copy of the book if you can – royalties from every copy sold will go to Battersea Cats and Dogs Home!