All About Jason Wallace
Here is a short story about perseverance: Out of Shadows was rejected by agents and editors one hundred times before Jason Wallace's current publishing house bought it. One hundred times. And it just won the very prestigious Costa Children's Book of the Year Award (formerly the Whitbread Award). Thank goodness Jason didn't give up trying... or give up hope.
Born in Cheltenham, England in 1969, Jason Wallace is related to J. R. R. Tolkien and is a descendant of one of the first International English cricketers and also of a famous Victorian circus owner named "Lord" George Sanger. Jason lived in south-west London during the early years of his childhood with his mother, but at age 12, when his mother remarried, he emigrated to Zimbabwe. He lived at a boarding school there, which became the foundation of memories he used for his novel, and it is interesting to note that included in those memories is an actual meeting with Robert Mugabe when he visited Jasons school.Jason decided to be a writer at age 17, but it took him another couple decades before he got anything published. He, like many dedicated writers, worked at his craft at night, during a free moment on the train, and through his lunch hours. When he finally began to write Out of Shadows, it took him about a year to complete the book and then another six months to revise it. And then... well, there was the long haul to find someone to buy it.
This article is from the April 20, 2011 issue of BookBrowse Recommends.
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