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Author Gillian Jackson

 Author Gillian Jackson

Gillian lives in the North East of England and is married with four adult children and a rescue dog from Ireland called Liffey. A varied career has given Gillian a broad experience of life which includes owning and managing a Children’s Day Nursery, and working in the voluntary sector for Victim Support, offering counselling and support to victims of crimes, from burglary to homicide. In later years Gillian trained in therapeutic counselling and creative writing, two passions which have been combined in the writing of five novels about counsellor ‘Maggie Sayer’. ‘The Counsellor’ ‘Maggie’s World’ ‘Pretence’ ‘The First Stone’ and ‘Number 34 Appleton Close’. She has a passion for writing about difficult issues with a sensitive touch, and always with a satisfactory ending. Other books include UK best selling ‘Abduction’ ‘A Measure of Time’ ‘Ask Laura’ and ‘Snatched’. You can learn more about Gillian at her website



Questions –

  1. When did you realize that you wanted to be an author?

I began writing almost accidentally after a rather difficult period in my life. I felt compelled to write a nonfiction self help book, and discovered that I loved the process of writing. It became a passion and I haven’t stopped since!

  1. How long does it take for you to write one of your books?

Anywhere from four to eight or nine months, including the editing.

  1. How do you balance your work schedule when you’re busy writing?

I’m fortunate enough to be able to write as my main career so only have to balance home and family commitments around writing.

  1. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I like to get inside each character’s head and write from their perspective, good and bad!

  1. How do you come up with ideas for your books?

Everyday life provides a wealth inspiration. I squirrel away ideas and make notes of scenarios and even snippets of conversations which might prove useful at a later date. I also enjoy people watching and making up stories about them based purely on how they look. Reading widely is inspiring too, not only for writing material but as an encouragement to try different styles.

  1. When did you write your first book?

The first book was my one and only nonfiction book, written in 2010. Since then I have stuck with fiction.

  1. What are your hobbies when you’re not writing?

Mainly family based activities, (I have four children and nine grandchildren) and walking our Labrador cross dog, Liffey.

  1. What does your family and close friends think of your writing?

They are very supportive, particularly my husband Derek, who has to live not only with me but with all the characters I create.

  1. What was one of the most interesting things that you learned about yourself when you published your first book?

I was amazed that I was able to see a book through from an idea to a finished novel, and I also learned that my grammar is rubbish! I now have a great proof-reader/copy editor. 

  1. How many books have you written? Which one is your favourite?

Currently there are twelve books in print and always another in the pipeline. My favourite is ‘Abduction’ which even made me cry at times when writing it!

  1. What do you think makes a good story?

Characters with which the reader can identify, genuine emotion, and a strong plot. 

  1. Where do you like to kick back and write your books?

I have a cosy little office space next to my bedroom where I can shut myself away and enjoy being immersed in writing, but I also like to write when away from home in peaceful locations.



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