Jaclyn Moriarty grew up in Sydney, Australia and studied in the United States and England. She spent four years working as a media and entertainment lawyer and is now writing full time. Jaclyn is the author of bittersweet teen bestsellers FEELING SORRY FOR CELIA, FINDING CASSIE CRAZY and BECOMING BINDY MACKENZIE.
New Toy - one month ago
I guess other people are also saying this, but it really seems like he’s a boy with a new toy, a big new toy, something his little sister asked for years before. She saved her gold stars for years, hoping to get this toy, but just before Christmas, he suddenly decided that he wanted it himself. So he started shouting for it.
He had temper tantrums, stamped his feet, was so loud and blustery, wore his hair with such a flounce, that his parents, at first amused, then bemused, eventually looked at each other and said, ‘Well, I wonder if maybe we should give it to him? He really seems to want it!’ They couldn’t quite hear his little sister any more, standing just over there by the stove, quietly listing the reasons it should be hers. When she did pipe up, tried to be heard, when she pointed to her row of gold stars on the chart on the fridge, the big brother jumped in front of her, shouting and bellowing, stabbing his finger at the black marks she’d collected on the way to her hundreds of gold stars, knocking magnets and postcards from the fridge to the floor with great clatter and noise, so that the parents widened their eyes at all the chaos and laughed.
And when the sister pointed to her brother’s own behaviour chart, its rows and rows of black marks, he became savage, incensed, tore up the charts, said she’d invented them, said they weren’t there, pointed to the kitchen window, ‘Look! A cow!’ and when the parents turned back, confused, ‘What cow? I see no cow,’ half the black marks had been scribbled over, and the big brother was chanting rhymes and songs, half-rhymes, half-songs, entirely bamboozling the parents, who stood scratching their heads.
Here, the sister began to make her arguments again, having stayed up all night preparing a Powerpoint presentation of arguments. The father said to himself, ‘Oh God, she’s always doing homework, she’s a real little bore,’ and the mother said, ‘I’m not quite sure I trust her,’ and the father sighed, ‘If only we had another, livelier child,’ while the brother opened the cupboards and threw out all the glassware. Smashing everything on the linoleum. So again, the parents were distracted by the noise and broken glass.
Exasperated, the sister considered stamping and shouting herself but she knew the brother would crow, ‘There! See! Look at her!’ while the parents pursed their lips in disapproval: ‘This is not how ladies behave.’
So the boy got the toy. It’s in the driveway. He’s circling it, it’s bigger than he thought it would be. The instructions are confusing, he’s swearing at them and tearing them up. He’s circling the toy. It’s making odd noises at him, and the levers are not where he thought they would be, so he’s stamping his foot, kicking it, picking it up and throwing it against a brick wall. He rolls it back to the centre of the driveway and sniffs. He’s already getting bored. Soon he will want another, bigger toy. The neighbours watch him from the street. ‘The last thing that child needed,’ they mutter to each other, ‘was that toy.’ Meanwhile, at night, the little sister whispers to her parents while they’re sleeping: ‘I’m not nasty. I’m not a nasty girl.’
Colours of Tuesday: look at the Sky! - one month ago
Colours of Tuesday: look at the Sky!
I am your biggest fan. I have read every book that you have written, and your writing has changed my life, and for that I thank you. I was wondering if you have any idea of when you think your pirate book will be available? I'm so excited to read it ahh - 2 months ago
Thank YOU for writing and for being so very, very kind, and for being interested in my pirate book.
My pirate book will be published in Australia in November 2017. As soon as I know release dates for the rest of the world, I will make some kind of an announcement. The book also needs a title and I will have to announce that too. But I’ve been calling it ‘my pirate book’ for so long that I can’t see it in any other way. Even though the book features very few pirates.
Thank you again and please have a wonderful day,
I love the Colours of Madeline!!! I just finished A Tangle of Gold and now I'm starting from the beginning again ☺️ Is there a map of Cello? Like where is Nature Strip in relation to Jagged Edge and so on? What are the shapes of the provenances?? P.S. did you study poetry because you're writing style is so poetic and I love it ❤️ P.P.S. princess Ko is my favourite character ever 👑 Seriously. P.P.P.S. Did you always know how it would end?? - 2 months ago
First, I love your name. Second, I love your very kind words about the books: thank you so much. Third, yes, there IS a map of the Kingdom of Cello! I drew a map before I started writing the books and had it blu-tacked to the wall beside my desk while I was writing.
My very good friend, the artist Elizabeth Pulie, drew a beautiful map based on that messy sketch and it is now printed in the Australian edition of the books. I will see if I can post a picture of it here on tumblr.
Fourth, I love you for the poetry mention. I guess I studied poetry as part of my English literature degree and I read a lot of poetry. And fifth, I did know what was going to happen in the end but not exactly HOW it was going to happen. I had to wait and see what the characters would do.
Thank you so much and
I wish you a wonderful day,
I've read a lot of books and always say that I love every book I read, but The Colours of Madeleine is one of only two series (the other is The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater) that changed me as a person, changed the way I live life, and changed the way I view others. So thank you so much for writing it. - 5 months ago
Dear booksandbroadwayave, I’ll tell you what makes me very happy, that opening line of yours: ‘I’ve read a lot of books and always say that I love every book I read’. That is a beautiful line, especially amidst the crowds of criticism and doubt and pursed lips. For more self-centered reasons, I admit I love the second half of this message even more, and I’m so grateful to you for telling me this. But the whole message! Wonderful! Thank you so much and please have a wonderful day. Jx
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