Jacqueline West is the author of the award-winning middle grade series The Books of Elsewhere. The Books of Elsewhere, Volume One: The Shadows (2010) garnered starred reviews, several state award nominations, and a spot on the New York Times Bestsellers List. The series is published by Dial Books for Young Readers (a division of Penguin Random House) in the USA and will also be published in Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Indonesia, Sweden, Norway, France, Germany, Russia, China, and Catalonia. Her first YA novel, Dreamers Often Lie (Dial Books for Young Readers, April 2016), is a dark and twisty romance that braids Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night's Dream into a modern-day teen's life.
Jacqueline's short fiction for adults and children has appeared in a variety of publications, and her poetry has received many honors, including two Pushcart nominations, a Rhysling Award nomination, and a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg prize. Cherma, her series of poems about Wisconsin's Bohemian immigrants, was published in March 2010 by the University of Wisconsin's Parallel Press chapbook series.
Jacqueline loves dogs of all shapes and sizes, is sadly allergic to cats (though she manages to write about them without developing a rash), and is at least a little bit afraid of all fish larger than a hot dog bun. If you are sharing a pizza, she will ask for the crust pieces. Don't get her talking about Kurt Vonnegut, Tori Amos, Northern Exposure, or Sylvia Plath, or you'll be sorry. Jacqueline lives amid the bluffs of Red Wing, Minnesota, with her husband, her son, and her dog, a Springer Spaniel mix named Brom Bones.
Mail can be sent to:
P.O. Box 204
Red Wing, MN 55066
Jacqueline West is represented by Danielle Chiotti of Upstart Crow Literary.
The Books of Elsewhere are published in the US by Dial Books for Young Readers
The Books of Elsewhere are illustrated by Poly Bernatene
Book Club for Kids Podcast: Starting THE SHADOWS, naming the cats, and other BOOKS OF ELSEWHERE insights - May 2016
Bookhounds YA: Favorite words, current reads, and things that make me cringe - April 2016
Book Stop Corner: Research, character creation, and the writing journey - April 2016
Nerdy Book Club: Guest Post - "Over My Head: Falling in Love with Shakespeare as a Kid" - April 2016
Adventures in YA Publishing - Writing DREAMERS OFTEN LIE, inspiration, revision, and "Aha!" moments - April 2016
Log Cabin Library: Guest Post - "Hearing Voices: Moving from THE BOOKS OF ELSEWHERE to DREAMERS OFTEN LIE" - March 2016
Voices in the Valley radio show/podcast, hosted by The Shire Literary Center and KLBB radio - The writer's routine, getting started (and keeping going), and DREAMERS OFTEN LIE - January 2016
Respect the Books - Research, inspiration, and favorite things - March 2015
AdviceToWriters.com - The path to writing, major influences, and coping with writers' block - December 2014
Tor.com: The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe - Gateway books, guilty pleasures, and favorite fictional villains (among other things) - June 2014
St. Paul Pioneer Press - 'Elsewhere' series author inspired by creepy River Falls house - June 2014
Literary Rambles: Jacqueline West Interview - Inspiration, evolution, and ending a series - May 2014
The Page 69 Test: The Strangers - A sample from Volume Four and some thoughts on themes - July 2013
Middle Grade Ninja: 7 Questions for Author Jacqueline West - February 2013
Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Agents, awards, and best-seller lists - July 2012
Cracking the Cover: Exchanging music for writing - July 2012
The Enchanted Inkpot: Paintings, cats, and mathematicians - June 2012
Pots 'n Pens: Writing, recipes, and foodie/literary metaphors... September 2011
1 Bookshelf: "Jacqueline West's Bookshelf" - September 2011
Writing Raw: "The Seven Question Interview" - September 2011
Examiner: "Interview with Jacqueline West" - August 2011
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Must-Reads for Middle Schoolers - July 2011
The Word Asylum: Jacqueline's advice to young writers - July 2011
Coffee with a Canine: Writers. Dogs. Coffee. Love it. - July 2011
Minnesota Reads: "Six Questions We Always Ask" - March 2011
Cynsations: New Voice Interview - October 2010
Guide to Literary Agents Blog: "Seven Things I've Learned So Far" - September 2010
Daily Pie - June 2010
BookPage - June 2010
[A] delightful tale filled with magic, adventure, danger and all the usual challenges of growing up. Written for young readers and featuring charmingly simple illustrations, this will capture the interest of adults as well and leave fans looking for the next installment…
This is a charmer of a series filled with witches, magic, cats, and danger. Fans of the first novel in the series will be clamoring for this second one.
West's writing takes you on a spin through the world of Elsewhere, and it is impossible to guess what will happen next, right up to the superb finale.
- Red Wing Republican Eagle×