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Jill Brooksbank


I was born and raised in London. When I was younger I remember going to my local library every week, grabbing the latest Nancy Drew book and sitting comfortably on the floor to read it. I loved writing my own stories based on whatever I was reading at the time, or on a film I was watching on TV (believe it or not, we only had 3 TV channels when I was growing up). I read whatever I could find, but one day my brother gave me The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien and I was hooked on fantasy. It also helped that the wallpaper in my bedroom was covered with the Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker. But writing wasn’t what I wanted to do when I left school. I wanted to act! I wanted to be just like Ginger Rogers, Audrey Hepburn or Doris Day. I did an O’Level in Drama, but was told by my parents to get a ‘proper job’, so I worked in a bank. NUMBERS!!! The total opposite to what I loved, which were WORDS. I did manage to sneak in some acting by joining an Amateur Dramatics group, going back to college to do a National Diploma in Performing Arts and finding an agent who sent me to work on a couple of things for TV. I’ve been lucky enough to live all over England, and in Belgium and Germany. So I’ve had a lot of jobs; from cleaning, to shopping for other people, a call centre, shop assistant and then I found working in schools and teaching children. I even ran a couple of school libraries. Then one day, I decided I wanted to go back to books. So, ever since, I have worked for the Library Service. I was finally back with my words. It was after I moved to Doncaster that I took up writing again. At first my writing was very rusty, so I kept writing and writing. At the same time, I also read lots and lots, especially children’s fantasy. I also joined a Writing Group, which I eventually went on to run. Meeting other people who write, and getting help and advice from them, was brilliant. That’s when I wrote Legacy....