Today our guest is multiple award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline West.
If the names Horatio, Leopold and Harvey (excuse me, Agent 1-800!) elicit feelings of delight, and the name McMartin gives you shudders of fear, then you are already familiar with West’s acclaimed Books of Elsewhere series. If you have not read them, polish up your spectacles and get ready for an epic five book journey.
When that series concluded, West continued to write for middle grade readers with The Collectors, its sequel A Storm of Wishes, and The Story Pirates Presents: Digging Up Danger. She’s also authored two young adult novels: Dreamers Often Lie, and Last Things.
West’s most recent novel is Long Lost, a story within a story about two sets of sisters from different times, connected by a book that mysteriously writes itself, revealing a terrible secret about the small town of Lost Lake, and bringing the past back to life.
Jacqueline West is undeniably a master crafter of suspense, spookiness, intrigue, adventure, and unique forms of magic. Reading through her catalog of books in preparation for this interview, however, I realized that she is also the master of thresholds. Her characters constantly cross them, physically and mentally, alone or together, both in fantasy and reality. And it’s a testament to her incredible writing abilities that each crossing feels special, intimate, meaningful, and significant.