Jacqueline West, Writer

Bestselling author and poet

About Jacqueline

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acqueline West is the author of the middle grade fantasy series The Collectors (Greenwillow/HarperCollins, 2018) and The Books of Elsewhere (Dial/Penguin Random House, 2010 – 2014). Her work has garnered starred reviews, been selected for the Junior Library Guild and the Indie Next List, won CYBILS and Silver Falchion Awards, and hit the New York Times Bestsellers List.

Jacqueline’s first YA novel, Dreamers Often Lie (Dial/Penguin, 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. Her next YA novel, Last Things, a modern-day Minnesotan metal retelling of the legend of the guitarist who may have sold his soul to the devil, is forthcoming from Greenwillow/HC in 2019.

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. Candle and Pins: Poems on Superstitions, her full-length speculative poetry collection, appeared in 2018 from Alban Lake Publishing.

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.

Contact Jacqueline West

Frequently asked questions. Other questions, comments, speaking invitations, etc. at: Jacqueline is on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads.

Mail can be sent to:
Jacqueline West
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


A Glass of Wine Book Reviews - Hear me describe my forthcoming YA novel LAST THINGS in GIFs, words, and coffee drinks!

A Worthy Reader - THE COLLECTORS, writing kids' feelings, and noticing the small things - November 2018

MG Book Village - THE COLLECTORS, middle grade and YA fiction, and why I wanted to write about wishes - October 2018

Bridget and the Books Blog -  An interview by one amazing young reader, for other amazing young readers - September 2018

Reach and Teach Bookstore Blog: Elsewhere is Everywhere - Magic, memory, reality, and growth -- and why I love Halloween - October 2016

Booksnob Blog - DREAMERS OFTEN LIE, inspiration, and some of my literary favorites - August 2016

New Richmond News - What's next for author, River Falls native Jacqueline West - June 2016

Hello Jenny Reviews - Author Spotlight: DREAMERS OFTEN LIE by Jacqueline West - Coffee, Shakespeare, and tough choices - June 2016

YA Books Central: Author Chat with Jacqueline West: Writing surprises, YA recommendations, and not-so-super superpowers - May 2016

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 - The path to writing, major influences, and coping with writers' block - December 2014 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

Coffee with a Canine, Part 2: Brom Bones, Breakfast, and The Books of Elsewhere - July 2013

Middle Grade Ninja: 7 Questions for Author Jacqueline West - February 2013

The Other Side of the Story podcast, hosted by author Matt Myklusch - December 2012

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

MBWCreates - May 19th, 2010

The Tuesday Visitor (Susan Colebank) - May 25th, 2010

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