Gillian Shields

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Gillian Shields was born and brought up in England, where she studied English and worked in a drama school for several years. She now looks after her family and teaches English and drama part-time, as well as writing for children. Her first book, Ben and Gran and the Whole, Wide, Wonderful World, was published by Macmillan in London. The Starlight Baby is Gillian's first book for Simon & Schuster.

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. If you can't have what you want, try to want what you have.

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. It's impossible to choose five. How about: I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien. And finally . . . Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. And The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Yes, I know that's six.

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. When I was a child my favourite authors were E. Nesbit and Frances Hodgson Burnett and C.S. Lewis. I still love them! Favourite adult authors include Charlotte Bronte, Evelyn Waugh and Alexander McCall Smith. And I really admire David Almond's books, and I love Harry Potter, and all Tolkien's books, and anything funny . . .

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Don't give up!

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. Where do you get your ideas from . . .?

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