Gill Guest

 

Gill Guest

 Gill was born and brought up in rural Leicestershire in a house full of gadgets. Ladders on a complex system of ropes and pulleys dropped from trapdoors in the ceiling. Lights went on when doors were opened. Domestic appliances lived in secret cupboards, and the doorbell made a noise like a strangled penguin. Her parents could make-do-and-mend anything. They built her a thatched Wendy House in the garden, complete with chimney, electric lights and running water.

Educated at York University, Gill studied Biology and Computer Science, and then worked as a computer geek on computers big enough to fill an entire room. Much of the equipment she used is now relegated to the science museum, to the amusement of her three technologically able and up-to-date children.
The family moved to Shropshire, where they now live on a smallholding. Gill became a freelance writer and for more than a decade scribbled features on everything from Castles to Crocosmia, Corsets to Coffins. Her work appeared in magazines like Country Living and Gardens Illustrated, as well as The Times and Telegraph.
In 2007 her youngest child, Alex, then aged 12, developed the long term illness ME. Gill became a full-time carer and home educator. With exams no longer an option for Alex, she had this absolutely crazy idea … No English GCSE? Let’s write a book together instead!

This turned out to be way more fun than writing about Corsets or Coffins ever was and a lot more educational than doing English GCSE (probably).

Several rewrites later, that book became her first children’s novel Plan B.