Teacher, actor, puppeteer, scriptwriter, local journalist, and now children’s author – Gill has enjoyed what you might call a whirlwind career.
After a 15-year teaching career, she spent seven years living in Saudi Arabia, where she first set up a puppet theatre, Magic Forest Puppets, writing and performing glove puppet shows for children’s parties, with Horace the Hedgehog and friends.
While living abroad, her short story, Topiary, was broadcast on the BBC World Service.
On returning to the UK she worked with a children’s theatre group, writing and directing her own scripts.
In a complete change of career, she co-owned a small publishing business for about 5 years, editing a successful local what’s on magazine. She was also the winner of the Steyning Festival Short Story Competition 2014, with her story Unscented, Unsent.
Gill now writes scripts for adults, many of which have been performed locally, and some are published online by Lazy Bee Scripts.
Oscar Temple and the Yesterday Tree is her first venture into full-length children’s fiction. She’s now working on the sequel, Oscar Temple and the Ring of Riddles, due to appear soon.