INTERNATIONAL best-selling children’s author Jacqueline Wilson entertained her young fans at Whitby Pavilion when she spoke about her life and career.
The creator of kids’ favourite Tracy Beaker endured a tiring seven-hour car journey from her home in Kingston-upon-Thames but said she was delighted to be in the town last Friday.
“I love Whitby - the seaside, the jewellery shops and the fish and chips.
“I like to go to the Magpie or Trenchers,” she said during an hour-long talk and question and answer session.
The author’s latest release of the 95 books she has published - Emerald Star - follows the fortunes of Hetty Feather and is partly-set in a fictional fishing village in Victorian England.
“It’s somewhere smaller than Whitby, probably more like Runswick Bay,” she told the audience of several hundred youngsters and parents.
“I came to Whitby and wandered around, looking at the old Victorian photos of fishermen in their gansies.
“I had a great time writing about and being inspired by the things I saw.”
Jacqueline, who is well-known for her love of elaborate jewellery, proudly showed off the Whitby jet necklace she was wearing.
Over the past 21 years, she has sold more than 35 million copies of her books in the UK alone.
She revealed that her next book Queenie will be published next spring and that she was putting the finishing touches to it in the back of the car on the way to Whitby.
After the event, the author and her team spent the night at Raithwaite Hall.
When posing for a photograph with the Whitby Gazette, Jacqueline joked that she could look for a holiday home in Whitby in the property pages.
Emerald Star is published by Random House and is available now, priced £12.99 in hardback.