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

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

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. All of the books I have already mentioned. I also adored 'A Traveller in Time' by Alison Uttley, and have read that several times, but my biggest reread favourite is 'I Capture the Castle''.

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

A. Don't give up!