27 years after the beloved children’s author first wrote about a feisty young girl growing up in a care home nicknamed “the dumping ground”, she is now set to release a new book with Tracy as a single mother raising her own, challenging nine-year-old daughter.
Speaking to Donna Ferguson in the Observer, Wilson said: “It’s stimulating to think about how people develop as they get older,” she said. “Tracy has been a character that’s haunted me. She’s the sort of person who sticks in your mind.
“When I realised just how long ago it was since I wrote the first Tracy Beaker book, I thought: if we were in real time, Tracy herself would be in her 30s. And I’ve always thought that, even though Tracy had lots of problems in her life and a pretty rubbish mum who was never there for her, Tracy herself would be a good mum, no matter what.”